The spiritual life
begins within
the heart
of a person.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan Chittister and Cokie Roberts in conversation

    Cokie Roberts and Joan Chittister in Conversation at Mercyhurst University. Read more.

  • Sister Joan participates in Womens March

    Sister Joan participates in the Women’s March in Erie on January 21, joining over 3 million women worldwide in an extraordinary demonstration of solidarity for women’s rights.

  • Sister Joan Chittister BBC radio interview

    BBC journalist Clare Balding interviews Joan for her radio show Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding on January 15, 2017 from London

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2016

    The book for this year's Reader's Retreat with Joan Chittister, Two Dogs and a Parrot, featured Joan's pet, Lady.

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 preaching
New Podcast on "Let the Music Play"

In a 60-minute interview with Ashton Gustafson on “Let the Music Play” podcast, Joan Chittister discusses discovering the presence of the divine under our very feet and how we can celebrate the humanity of everyone whose path we intersect. Click here.

Joan Chittister participating in live interview
Listen Live

An interview with Joan Chittister will be live-streamed on “The Drew Marshall Show: Canada’s Most Listened to Spiritual Talk Show” on Saturday, July 22. Sister Joan will do a 20-minute interview on the show which airs from 2 to 4 p.m. To access the interview, click here.

Joan Chittister: Her Journey From Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts
Tom Roberts Interviews Sister Joan

Last month, Joan Chittister’s online NCR column, “Make America, America Again," (click here) generated many comments and was reprinted on other websites. As a follow up, Tom Roberts, NCR editor-at-large and Sister Joan’s biographer, interviewed her on issues related to that article. The podcast opens with a conversation with playwright Patty McCarty about her play on the life of Dorothy Day, “This Other Love.” Sister Joan’s interview begins about 10 minutes into the podcast. To listen to the podcast, click here.

Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

The gift of doubt
Jul 24, 2017
Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister

As Voltaire remarked, “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” The problem is that certitude seduces us. It enables us to believe that what was said to be true is true because someone else said so. It simply cuts off thought. It arrests discussion in midflight. And yet we yearn for it with a passion. We spend endless, sleepless nights grappling with intellectual options in order to wiggle them into a satisfying kind of certainty without so much as a scintilla of evidence.

Joan Chittister Book Club

An opportunity to read, reflect on, and discuss one of Joan Chittister’s books with other spiritual companions. Three times a year a new Joan Chittister book will be featured with reviews, impact stories from readers, videos on the books from Sister Joan, excerpts and inspiring quotes from the book. You are encouraged to join a two-week online discussion of the book that will be part of this ongoing feature.

Spirituality Resources

Prayer for Conscience and Courage
Prayer for Conscience and Courage by Joan Chittister

by Joan Chittister
This prayer card includes intercessory prayer to 16 women and men who understood the headlines of the times and said aloud what they saw, encouraging others to confront issues that compromised personal conscience and threatened personal integrity.
$1 each

NEW BOOK: 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.

Women and Moral Leadership
Joan Chittister Women and Moral Leadership

Now on DVD
We live at a time when authority is in question, patriarchy remains, and women have the gifts we need—according to Joan Chittister. "Women and Moral Leadership" is an hour long presentation in which Sister Joan examines our concepts of leadership: where they come from, how they have evolved and why women are desperately needed now in all levels of leadership.

"Women and Moral Leadership" was first presented as a Joan Chittister webinar in 2016.

DVD $35 plus shipping and handling ORDER HERE

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.