• 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 speaks in Kalamazoo Michigan
On the Road

​Joan Chittister spoke to a packed house on “Radical Spirit” at the Chenery auditorium in Kalamazoo, MI on Friday, June 1. She also met for an input session with the staff of the Fetzer Institute, co-sponsors, along with the Transformations Spirituality Center, of Sister Joan’s event.

We Are All One by Joan Chittister
New Book

We are One: Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Other is another in a series of small, but weighty books by Joan Chittister published by 23rd Publications. This is the seventh reflection book in the series, which began in 2009 with the publication of the best-selling, Breath of the Soul. The publishers write, “These powerful meditations, filled with wisdom gained from spiritual leaders who have inspired Sister Joan’s own thought, will inspire your own prayer and group sharing, leading you to the simple but profound truth: We are all one.”

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Michigan Lecture

The Transformations Spirituality Center and Fetzer Institute are sponsoring a talk and book signing by Joan Chittister, at Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI, on Friday, June 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sister Joan will speak on the themes of her latest book, Radical Spirit. For more information, click here.

Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Jun 10, 2018

A Word from Joan

Refreshing the soul
Jun 18, 2018
Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister

The nice thing about the human body is that it wears out. It wears down. It can, as The Rule of Benedict says in Chapter 64, be “overdriven.” To be more precise, the Rule is talking about the abbot or prioress in the chapter when it says, “They must so arrange everything that the strong have something to yearn for and the weak nothing to run from.”

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.