Only by learning
to play
can we even begin
to heal an
overwrought world,
our overwrought souls.
–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

Joan Chittister and Breanna Mekuly at St. Norbert's College
From Certainty to Faith

The recent interview of Sister Joan Chittister by St. Norbert College aluma and former Joan Chittister intern, Breanna Mekuly, was in such demand that the Wisconsin college had it live-streamed. You can access the interview here, but fast-forward the first 28 minutes…then the program begins.
( R: Bridget Burke Ravizza, organizer of event, Sister Joan, and Breanna)

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Atlanta Alert

The Aquinas Center of Theology will welcome international lecturer and award-winning author Joan Chittister to speak on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Cannon Chapel, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Sister Joan will present a lecture on her most recent book, Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life (2017, Random House). Drawing on the ancient teaching of Saint Benedict, the book offers a practical program to help people transform their thinking and rebel against fears, judgments, and insecurities. The event is free and open to the public, although a donation is suggested. For more information and to register, click here.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Women Preachers

Joan Chittister was one of the women interviewed in a special feature, “In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene,” that appeared in the Erie Times-News on Easter Sunday. To read the article by Dana Massing, click here.

Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Apr 15, 2018

A Word from Joan

A time of holy hilarity
Apr 23, 2018

It’s spring. There is new life beginning everywhere—in the earth around us and, if we will, in our souls. Both kinds of life, however, must be cultivated. There is something about breathing fresh morning spring air that clears the head and opens the heart. There is no stronger sense of what it means to really be alive, to be poised for excitement, to recognize that what we are about to put into the day will change the world.

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.