Author Colleen Carroll Campbell

My Sisters the Saints:

A Spiritual Memoir

My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell


Penguin Random House
Barnes & Noble

Also available in Spanish, Polish, Portuguese,
and Slovak!

• Winner of 2013 Christopher Award
• Winner of 2013 Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Award
• Now in its 13th printing with nearly 100,000 copies sold (in English)

In My Sisters the Saints, Colleen Carroll Campbell blends her personal narrative of spiritual seeking, trials, stumbles and breakthroughs with the stories of six women saints who profoundly changed her life: Teresa of Avila, Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Mary of Nazareth. Drawing upon the rich writings and examples of these extraordinary women, the author reveals Christianity’s liberating power for women and the relevance of the saints to the lives of contemporary Christians.

What others are saying:

A beautiful and inspiring story of a woman’s deep faith and the saints who became her sisters along the path to her answered prayers.

Mary Higgins Clark

Worldwide bestselling novelist

Campbell relates a provocative life story … Throughout the book, Campbell describes how various women saints helped her understand her situation and move ahead. … A charming and instructive communion with saintly sisters.

Kirkus Reviews

Campbell’s stories will resonate in the heart of every woman challenged by today’s culture and blessed with even a scintilla of faith. You won’t put this book down until you have finished the last page. And as you read, you will hold your breath in hopefulness experiencing with Colleen the grippingly real decisions in this woman’s life—both big and small—the response to which ultimately define who one is as a person.

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan

S.V., Superior General, Sisters of Life

Colleen Carroll Campbell is one of the finest writers on the American Catholic scene, and My Sisters the Saints shows her heart, her skill, and her keen intelligence at their best. This is a wonderful, engaging personal memoir and a great witness of faith.

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Archbishop of Philadelphia

From her own life’s story, Colleen Carroll Campbell has depicted a spiritual journey marked by waiting for and letting go. . . . Her personal story teaches a universal lesson: living free is different from being in control. This is a moving and beautiful book.

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

Archbishop of Chicago

In My Sisters the Saints, Colleen Carroll Campbell has liberated these great historical heroines from dusty altarpieces and stone effigies and has brought them into the new millennium. … By the end, one finds oneself with six new girlfriends whose wit, common sense and faith transcend any age.

Elizabeth Lev

Art historian and author of The Tigress of Forli

With this intimate memoir, Colleen Carroll Campbell gives a moving witness to the ‘cloud of witnesses’ celebrated in sacred scripture.

Dawn Eden

Author of My Peace I Give You

The saints undo the world—for by their sheer existence, they tell us we may have gotten it wrong: all our conventions, all our agreements, all our correctnesses and easy thoughts no help when things come crashing in. In troubled times, Colleen Carroll Campbell found herself by reading the lives of the great women saints. And you might find your own self, reading Campbell’s My Sisters the Saints.

Joseph Bottum

Author of The Christmas Plains and former editor of First Things

Campbell offers a touching memoir on family, loss, and career as filtered through the lives and writings of six women saints: Teresa of Ávila, Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. … Thoughtful and gracious, Campbell’s story will serve as an inspiration for many young women who are attempting to straddle two very different worlds—the sacred and the profane—in a society with little patience for subtlety or complexity.


Colleen Carroll Campbell has encountered most of the challenges confronting young women today—balancing dating, courtship, and marriage with a successful career, caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s, dealing with infertility—but she hasn’t faced these challenges alone. In My Sisters the Saints, Campbell introduces us to the women who helped her along the way . … Completely contemporary and totally timeless, My Sisters the Saints is an engaging spiritual memoir and the perfect guidebook for anyone who is looking for a companion to help her navigate life’s sometimes difficult and confusing journey.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Archbishop of New York

[A] fascinating memoir … This lovely and highly readable book will touch many lives.

Mary Ann Glendon

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Harvard Law professor and President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

My Sisters the Saints brilliantly illuminates how the Christian life cannot be understood as an abstraction, but shows its radiant form in our friendship with heavenly companions who meet us in the real events and concrete circumstances of our lives.

Bishop Robert Barron

Author and host of "Catholicism" and founder of Word on Fire Ministries

Refreshing, well written, down to earth, and a joy to read (I’d often find myself grinning as I read it), Colleen has given us a sincere gift: not only the gift of her intellect and skill as a writer, but, more importantly, she has opened her heart and given us the sincere gift of herself. 

Christopher West

Author of At The Heart of the Gospel and fellow at the Theology of the Body Institute

An inspiring and insightful account . . . This is the story of a journey told with refreshing honesty and great insight that will benefit many.

Ralph Martin

Author of The Fulfillment of All Desire and president of Renewal Ministries

This book is a powerful description of the long struggle Colleen Carroll Campbell had to undergo to go back to peace, to give God the place that belongs to Him: the first. 

Alice von Hildebrand

Author of The Privilege of Being a Woman and The Soul of a Lion: The Life of Dietrich von Hildebrand

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