2019 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal

The 2019 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal is underway. Click here to read Sister Joan's letter about the special "paper hearts" made from Joan Chittister calendars: "The women (in prison) got so involved in “giving away their hearts” that they asked to learn how to fold them and then, taught others. Next, they were inspired to write a name, a prayer, or a prayer intention on the paper strips before folding them. Prayerful message hearts!" Here's a how-to video if you want to make paper hearts...and, please give now.

Resistance to evil
does not require
power, it only
requires courage.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference.

  • Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

    Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

  • Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

    Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

  • Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference in Mesa, AZ

Joan Chittister is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality — especially for women world-wide — and has been one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than 30 years.

On this website you can explore what makes her a beloved and best-selling author, a soul-stirring speaker, and a gifted spiritual guide.

Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, has dedicated her life to voicing questions that test popularly accepted truths of the day. Her questions to both church and society focus on the empowerment of women, the development of contemporary spirituality, a redefinition and renewal of Benedictine life for seekers today, and justice for the oppressed and marginalized, particularly those in prison. Here are four Good Works that reflect her life commitments:

What's New

Happenings in Ireland

On Saturday, Nov. 2, at Trinity College in Dublin, Sister Joan participated in a public conversation with Mary McAleese, the Past President of Ireland (1997-2011) who, earlier in the week had received the prestigious 2019 Alfons Auer Ethics Prize from the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Tubingen University in Germany. The Irish Times published a story about their conversation which you can read by clicking here. The public conversation in Dublin was organized to mark Dr. McAleese’s receipt of the award that has been presented biannually since 2015. McAleese, a canon lawyer, is due to publish a study on children’s rights in the Catholic Church’s 1983 code of canon law, based on her doctoral research, in November.

Intergenerational Wisdom

On October 18, Joan Chittister will be part of an intergenerational panel discussion at the Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Symposium, meeting with youth activist Natasha Wang Mwansa to discuss the future of humanitarian action. Maria Shriver will moderate the panel. You can sign up to receive notification in advance and watch live at this link.

Dear Joan Chittister Selected As Book of the Month

In preparation for Joan Chittister’s 2020 tour in Australia, Garratt Publishing has selected her latest book, Dear Sister Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church as its October Book of the Month. Click here to read the announcement.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Nov 10, 2019

A Word from Joan

A matter of time
Nov 11, 2019
The Sacred In-Between by Joan Chittister

Every country on earth has some kind of cliché or stereotype attached that portends to describe the personality characteristics of its people. Germans are hardworking, the conventional wisdom concludes; the French are romantic; the Irish are fun loving; the Swiss are efficient. The labels go all the way around the globe. And there’s a bit of truth to all of them and a lot of error, as well. But whatever the balance of truth in the markers, the conviction that there are such things as national characteristics cling to a people like oil on rock.

Spirituality Resources

2020 Joan Chittister Calendar
2020 Joan Chittister Calendar

"Mary of Nazareth made feminism an article of the faith, and power holy. Mary shows us the sanctifying power of a human being who has become fully human," writes Joan Chittister in the introduction to her 2020 Calendar that features contemporary and culturally-varied Marian paintings by Brother Mickey McGrath.

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage
The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister

world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times.

What Are You Looking For?
What Are You Looking For? by Joan Chittister

Optimistic yet realistic, What Are You Looking For? is a word of encouragement for anyone who feels called deeper into life with God and others.

The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise with Joan Chittister
The Enchanting Rhine with Joan Chittister

NEW River Cruise with Sister Joan: Nine days in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands, October 18-26, 2020. You will visit places like the Rhine River Gorge, Cologne, Germany, and Strasbourg, France and hear conferences by Sister Joan. Click here for more information. Please enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form.