NEW BOOK from Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for women’s rights for over 50 years. Called “one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors” by Publishers Weekly, this rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment draws on the wisdom of prophets–both ancient and modern–to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us. 

Pairing scriptural insights with stirring narratives of the truth-tellers that came before us, Sister Joan offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and to propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment.

For the weary, the cranky, and the fearful, Sister Joan’s energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times. ORDER HERE

VIEW ADDITIONAL VIDEOS FROM SISTER JOAN ABOUT HER NEW BOOK.

Gratitude is the
alleluia to existence,
the praise that
thunders through
the universe as
tribute to the
ongoing presence of
God with us
even now.
—Joan Chittister

  • PBS interview for Dorothy Day documentary filming

    Award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier interviews Joan Chittister for a new Dorothy Day documentary.

  • The documentary, Dorothy Day: Anarchist Saint is coming to Public Television Fall 2019.

    The documentary, Dorothy Day: Anarchist Saint is coming to Public Television Fall 2019.

  • Joan and filmmaker Martin Doblmeier chat during the filming.

    Joan and filmmaker Martin Doblmeier chat during the filming.

  • A member of the film crew monitors the recording. Photos by Jo Clarke, oblate

    A member of the film crew monitors the recording. Photos by Jo Clarke, oblate

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 and Qprah Winfrey
Sister Joan and Oprah

Joan Chittister was interviewed recently by Oprah Winfrey for a return visit to her Super Soul Sunday program. The interview focused on Sister Joan’s recently released book, The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage (Random House). Sister Joan made her first appearance on Oprah’s show in 2015, her latest appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday program is scheduled to air for the first time on Sunday, May 26 on OWN TV at 11:00 AM EST. It will run again on Sunday, June 2 at noon.

Joan Chittister, OSB
Interview in Erie Times

The Erie Times-News interviewed Joan Chittister last week about how her experiences growing up in an abusive household shaped her into an advocate for women’s rights. A one-woman show that explores this theme will be performed by Teri Bays at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. as the latest installment of the university’s Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series. Sister Joan will take the stage after the performance to reflect on the play’s message. Click here to read the article.

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Seventh Step of Humility

In her newest column in the National Catholic Reporter, Joan Chittister writes about the seventh step of humility from the Rule of Benedict, which, she says, “brings the self-knowledge, the self-acceptance we need in order to believe in growth and compassion—both for ourselves and for others.” Click here to read the rest of the piece.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

May 13, 2019

A Word from Joan

Sacrament of friendship
May 20, 2019
Called to Question by Joan Chittister

Friendship is a holy thing, but it is not an easy thing. Love and friendship take us out of ourselves, yes. And that is certainly a good thing. But if there is nothing in us that is ourselves alone, there is nothing in us to give away. Spiritual direction, “holy friendship,” can be found in every spiritual tradition. But the purpose is not to attach us to someone wiser than ourselves—the guru, the great guide, the spiritual master, the bodhisattva, the saint. The purpose of spiritual direction is to enable us to become holy ourselves.

Spirituality Resources

A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality
A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality

New from Joan Chittister

Since she was 16 years old Joan Chittister has had the Rule of Saint Benedict— known as a "little Rule for beginners" —read aloud to her each day, as is the custom in her community. In this artistic and accessible small book, she distills the wisdom of all that listening, choosing one line from each chapter of the Rule and then commenting briefly on the new understanding or new questions about God that it reveals.

Sacred Journeys Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey
Sacred Journeys Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey with Joan Chittister

Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey with Joan Chittister for 10 days eparting on October 18, 2019. The cruise sails roundtrip from Athens, Greece with visits to Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Rhodes and more!  Enhance your journey by adding the Athens & Corinth Post-Tour. Sacred Journeys is the topic for guest speaker Sister Joan Chittister. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form.

Complete details and registration are at Educational Opportunities Tours.

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.