Kindness is
what saves lives
and gives love
to the dead of spirit
and the dark of heart.
—Joan Chittister

  • Participants in the JCICS visit Sister Joan's archives at Mercyhurst University.

    Participants in the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality visit Sister Joan's Archive at Mercyhurst University. Nine women, graduate students or recent graduates in divinity, theology, religion, or related programs, are participating.

  • Participants listen attentively to input from Sister Joan.

    “A Feminist Benedictine Option,” is the topic of the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality. Participants have a full schedule of input, reading and discussion. The Institute is taking place at Mount St. Benedict Monastery.

  • Joan, Tom Roberts and participants in the JCICS

    Sister Joan and her biographer, Tom Roberts, are surrounded by participants and staff of the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality. Tom presented his book, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith.

  • JCICS participants visit the Joan Chittister Archives at Mercyhurst University

    Participants in the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality look at displays in the Joan Chittister Archive Room at Mercyhurst University.

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
Special Guest

Sister Joan Chittister has been invited to participate in a ceremony honoring her friend, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. A permanent Flame of Hope monument is being erected in Chicago on July 26, the location of the first international games in 1968. Prior to that event, the Kennedy family is lighting the eternal flame from the rays of the sun at the home of Joseph P. Kennedy in Hyannis Port and then transporting it to Chicago. Sister Joan has been invited to participate in the intimate Hyannis Port event and at a special graveside service for Eunice Shriver that will pay tribute to her struggle for inclusion and acceptance of all people who are different.

Sister Joan and participants in the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality
Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

Nine young women who are graduate students or recent graduates in divinity, theology, religious studies or related programs participated in a pilot “Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality: A Benedictine Feminist Option” from June 17-29 at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. How did it go? Let the following photos and comments speak for themselves: >>>Read more.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Podcast Interview

Here is the direct link to Joan Chittister’s radio interview with Elaine Grohman on her show, Going Beyond Medicine. The podcast is titled, "One Woman’s Voice for Global Change." Click here


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Jul 8, 2018

A Word from Joan

A Little Rule For Beginners
Jul 16, 2018
A Little Rule For Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality by Joan Chittister

From the Introduction

I entered the Benedictine Sisters of Erie at the age of 16 and every day since then I have had the Rule of Saint Benedict read aloud to me. The text is divided into dated reading segments to allow for the complete Rule to be read aloud, at prayer, three times a year. This is a practice in our community that dates from the earliest days of Benedictine life.

Spirituality Resources

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

New from Joan Chittister

Introductory sale through August 31—$7.95

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.

We Are All One: Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Other
We Are All One: Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Other
New book from Joan Chittister

“This simple little book,” says Joan Chittister, “touches on four elements of mindfulness that account for all the angst in our society right now—moral maturity, spiritual witness, personal greatness, and universal kinship. These are the things that determine whether we go through life as part of its solution or part of the weight on its progress.”

Cruise with Joan Chittister
Cruise with Joan Chittister

Cruise to Greece and Italy with Sister Joan
Follow in the footsteps of Sts. Peter and Paul on a cruise to the Greek Isles, Italy and Rome with Joan Chittister October 19-28, 2018. This 10-day trip features Guest Speaker Sister Joan Chittister aboard the Azamara Pursuit. You'll explore ports of calls like Taormina, Italy; Mykonos, Greece, and Pompeii, Italy. 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.