Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary SpiritualityBeginning this summer, Sister Joan’s research center, Benetvision, is offering an opportunity for young women to immerse themselves in Sister Joans work, especially regarding monasticism, women in the Catholic Church, and contemporary spirituality. This is a chance to broaden their thinking and deepen their understanding, in the company and community of other young, female-identifying seekers and scholars who are grounded in feminism and Catholicism.

The Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality is offering a two week program this June for a small number of female-identifying Catholic graduate students or recent graduates of programs in a masters of divinity, theology, religion, or related fields. READ MORE AND APPLY

At the point where
faith in self becomes
faith in something
greater than
ourselves lies
the meaning of life.

  • Sister Joan presents at Oblate Congress in Rome

    Sister Joan presents the keynote at the International Oblate Congress in Rome. Read her presentation here.

  • Oblate Joanne Cahill along with Sister Joan present Monasteries of the Heart

    Oblate Joanne Cahill along with Sister Joan present Monasteries of the Heart at the Rome Oblate Congress.

  • Sister Joan presents at Lockport, NY

    Sister Joan presents at Lockport, NY

  • Sister Joan signs books after her presentation at Lockport, NY

    Sister Joan signs books after her presentation at Lockport, NY

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

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
New on NCR: Chittister calls for formal censure of President Trump

Joan Chittister’s lastest column for the National Catholic Reporter takes on Donald Trump’s "unpresidential, international insult of black countries.” Click here to read the full piece.

Joan Chittister at the 4th World Congress of Oblates
Oblate Conference Keynote Address

National Catholic Reporter online has printed the keynote address that Joan Chittister gave to the Fourth International Oblate Congress in Rome in early November. To read, “Let the call be heard,” click here.

Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister
Women on Fire

A two-minute sneak preview of an interview Sister Joan did with Women on Fire can be accessed by clicking here . Founded by life and executive coach, Debbie Phillips, Women on Fire is a subscription organization that provides inspiration, support and strategies for women from all walks of life. To listen to the entire interview, you must subscribe to the organization.

Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Jan 21, 2018

A Word from Joan

The sin of tradition
Jan 22, 2018

January 23 is the birth date of Venerable Mary Ward (1585-1645), founder of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her idea to found an order of women that was nonenclosed and free of Episcopal jurisdiction led to persecution and suppression by church authorities. The following is an excerpt from an article on Mary Ward by Joan Chittister that appeared in The Way:Summer 1985.
Mary Ward understood her opposition well. She knew that men considered them radicals, “new beginners of a course never thought of before.” And through it all she persisted.

Spirituality Resources

Cry Out Lent 2018
Cry Out Lent 2018

by Joan Chittister, OSB
Find your voice this Lent with Joan Chittister’s 2018 Lenten devotional, Cry Out. This portable pamphlet contains Sister Joan’s reflections on this season’s Sunday Gospels, mantras written by saints and mystics, and prompts that will lead you beyond yourself. Arrive at Easter with a greater boldness— the courage and surety that come from knowing that, as Sister Joan writes, “we are born with God pulsing through our veins.” 


Everywoman Bookmarks
Everywoman Bookmarks

Insightful and inspiring quotes from Sister Joan echo the wisdom of such luminaries as Fannie Lou Hamer, Mary Magdalene, Dorothy Day, Mother Jones, The Four Churchwomen of El Salvador, Hildegard of Bingen, Mothers of Plaza del Mayo, Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Carson and Sojourner Truth. Artist Marcy Hall, with her vibrant, whimsical, yet deeply reflective paintings, captures the essence of each of these remarkable women.


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.