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.

There is glory
in the clay of us.
There is beauty in becoming.
When we are
the most humane humans
we can possibly be,
God will be fully praised.
Not until.
—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

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Sixth NCR Column on Humility

What does it mean for us to be content with less than the best? Joan Chittister explores this ancient precept of the Rule of Benedict, and its implications for us today, in her latest column for the National Catholic Reporter. Click here to read the full article.

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage
Look Out for Kolbe Times Interview

An interview with Joan Chittister will be published in the Kolbe Times this week. Kolbe Times is a Christian eMagazine and website, with articles on spirituality, the arts and social justice, founded in 2010 by a group of Third Order Franciscans committed to compassion and community. Sister Joan was interviewed on one of her latest books, The Time Is Now. Click here after April 11 to check for the interview.

Joan Chittister & Teri Beys
Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series

Mercyhurst University’s Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series will present Joan Chittister: Her story, my story, our story, on May 3, 2019, at 7 p.m. Written and performed by Teri Bays, this performance is a one-woman play about the intersecting lives of women facing adversity, abuse, and injustice. Joan Chittister will respond following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, April 22, at the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office, which is open Monday-Friday noon-5 p.m. If you are considering attending, click here for more information about obtaining tickets and for directions to the theater.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Apr 13, 2019

A Word from Joan

The real crosses of our lives
Apr 15, 2019
The Way of the Cross:The Path to New Life by Joan Chittister

Every difficult thing in life is not a cross. A lot of things are difficult in life but that does not make them crosses. A cross is that which we do not choose and do not want. It is outside the normal order of life. It is what confounds our plans or disturbs our dreams. It is anything that wrenches life away from our plans or hopes in a truncated or destructive or pitiable way. It is where we would not go but cannot avoid.

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.