Life is about
more than us;
there is something
necessarily spiritual
about the
human-animal alliance.
–Joan Chittister

  • 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

A Little Child Shall Lead Them
Let's Do Justice

"A Little Child Shall Lead Them," Joan Chittister's most recent NCRonline column, draws attention to the significance of the student led demonstrations to stop gun violence. To read her "From Where I Stand" message, click here.

Pope Franicis
Commentary on Papacy

Joan Chittister is one of the contributors to “Francis at Five Years” a National Catholic Reporter feature series, marking the 5th anniversary of the Pope’s election. To read Sister Joan’s column, “Francis invites change, but we are the change,” click here.

Radical Spirit:12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Radical Spirit Honored

Spirituality & Health Magazine named Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister as one the best books of 2017. In its January/February 2018 issue, the editors chose eleven books noting, “Look to these exceptional titles as guidance to navigate your way through the joys and heartbreaks of this one precious life.”

Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Mar 18, 2018

A Word from Joan

In lieu of miracles
Mar 19, 2018
The Radical Christian Life by Joan Chittister

If there is anything to remember about Benedict of Nursia, it is that he did not purport to be a wonder worker. He did not stump miracles. So, the setting of this story is an interesting one. One day Benedict was working in the fields when one of the local farmers came running to the monastery carrying the dead body of his only son. Beside himself with grief, the father begged Benedict to bring his son back to life.

Spirituality Resources

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

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.


Award Winner: Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister

New book from Joan Chittister: Radical Spirit

Feeling burnt-out from life, strung-out from social media, and put out by a society that always wants more from you? Beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister, who appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, offers a practical, character-building, and inspirational guide to help you take control of your emotional life and redirect your spiritual destiny.

Listen to Sister Joan talk about Radical Spirit in this video.

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.