The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

In time for national elections—“A Prayer for Leadership” by Joan Chittister now available in a new pamphlet, The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come, that includes Sister Joan’s entire “A Prayer for Leadership” along with short reflections on the nature of leadership itself and talking points on the subject.

Easily accessible format and slim enough to carry in a purse or pocket or keep by your bedside. Ideal for group prayer and discussion or personal prayer and reflection. Order now.

We have made war
on nature
and wonder why
there is so little
peace in ourselves.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan Chittister and Jimmy Carter

    Sister Joan and President Jimmy Carter were together at the Carter Center in Atlanta for the Human Rights Defenders Forum, June 2016.

  • Joan Chittister and intern Breanna Mekuly

    Breanna Mekuly, the 2016 Joan Chittister intern, took time from research and writing projects to sort books with Sister Joan.

  • Sister Joan embraces a Syrian woman.

    From the Archives - During a 2006 trip Sister Joan embraces a Syrian woman.

  • Sister Joan attends a Peace Council meeting in Jerusalem in 2000

    From the Archives - Sister Joan attends a Peace Council meeting in Jerusalem in 2000.

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.

As a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joan Chittister has focused her life’s work on 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

IN BEHALF OF THE HUMAN FAMILY

“I was at the Carter Center this week for the Human Rights Defenders Forum, which brought together people from around the globe who had invested their very lives in the welfare of people they did not know,” writes Joan Chittister in her latest online NCR blog. To read the article, click here.

At the Carter Center

Sixty religious leaders, including Joan Chittister, will address the topic, “Rejecting Violence to Secure Human Rights” at the Carter Center’s Human Rights Defenders Forum, June 18-21 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Carter Center was founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to fight curable diseases around the globe. In partnership with Emory University, the Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life by Joan Chittister
Three Awards

Joan Chittister was a big winner in the 2016 Catholic Press Association Awards announced last week. Her book, Two Dogs and Parrot (BlueBridge), won 1st Place in the Best Book by a Small Publisher category. Her blog, “From Where I Stand”(NCR) won 2nd place in the Best Blog: By Religious/Clergy. Her biography, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts (Orbis), won 2nd Place in the Biography category. If you would like to purchase either of these award-winning books, click here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

Shedding our old shells
Jun 27, 2016
For Everything a Season by Joan Chittister

In the first edition of There Is A Season by Joan Chittister, the book’s artist, John August Swanson, used the signs of the zodiac to depict the passage of time in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. In the book’s introduction, Sister Joan reflected on these signs as presented by Swanson in a rose window. Here’s her reflection on Cancer, the crab (June 21-July 22).

Joan Chittister Book Club

An opportunity to read, reflect on, and discuss one of Joan Chittister’s books with other spiritual companions. Three times a year a new Joan Chittister book will be featured with reviews, impact stories from readers, videos on the books from Sister Joan, excerpts and inspiring quotes from the book. You are encouraged to join a two-week online discussion of the book that will be part of this ongoing feature. The discussion on Following the Path opens June 20 and will continue until July 1.

Spirituality Resources

The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come
The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

In time for national elections—“A Prayer for Leadership” by Joan Chittister now available in a new pamphlet, The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come, that includes Sister Joan’s entire “A Prayer for Leadership” along with short reflections on the nature of leadership itself and talking points on the subject. Easily accessible format and slim enough to carry in a purse or pocket or keep by your bedside. Ideal for group prayer and discussion or personal prayer and reflection.

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life
Joan Chittister: Two Dogs and a Parrot

Whether we have an animal companion, long to have a pet or love someone who does, or cherish animals and nature, Two Dogs and a Parrot will speak to us all. It illuminates the significance of sharing our lives with a pet and celebrates the great gift of animals in our world. See the video of Joan and her standoff with pet bird, Lady.

Here's an invitation for you: Sister Joan has created a special “Two Dogs and a Parrot” and wants you to post a picture of your pet (or you and your pet!) and tell us what your pet has taught you. Click here to see the gallery and share your picture and memory.

The Monastic Way 2016...
The Monastic Way 2016 by Joan Chittister

pairs Joan Chittister with some of history's great figures— lay and religious, male and female, Christian and non-Christian — who have stretched the very soul of humanity. Each month you can meet one of them in a vibrant and stunning monthly publication that will stretch your soul, too. Let heroes such as Gandhi, Teresa of Avila, Etty Hillesum, Rumi, accompany you through the year. Artist Marcy Hall contributes to this masterpiece that will inspire you all year.

Benetvision STORE

One of the many ways Benetvision pursues its mission as a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality is through a store where Joan Chittister’s books, newsletters, and recorded teachings are available for sale. When you buy from the Benetvision store, the proceeds help support the work of Sister Joan and her Benedictine community.