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.

Relationships
are made of
common understanding
and an uncommon
depth of attention.
—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
NCR Column on Humility

Saint Benedict’s 11th step of humility calls us to speak “gently and without laughter, seriously and with becoming modesty, briefly and reasonably, but without raising our voices.” What does this have to do with us? See Joan Chittister’s column in the National Catholic Reporter, here to find out.

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage
Soul Sister

Joan Chittister’s hour-long interview on Soul Sister Conversations is available now. Click here. The podcast focuses on Sister Joan’s new book, The Time is Now, and on the women’s issue—how do women find their voices, why is it important that they do, what about women in the church?.... “I love her fierceness,” wrote Dana Lloyd when requesting the interview with Sister Joan. Lloyd, along with Elaine Shannon, conduct Soul Sister Conversations, a podcast that inspires and empowers people to connect more soulfully to themselves by sharing insights on topics of spirituality, joy, and leadership.

Joan Chittister, OSB
Sister Joan Disinvited

Sister Joan Chittister was invited to speak at a conference of Catholic educators in Australia that will take place in 2020, but was then disinvited when it became clear that the archbishop of Melbourne had not endorsed the invitation. The New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald have more on this story, here and here respectively.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Jul 21, 2019

A Word from Joan

Not religion for show
Jul 8, 2019

The feast of Saint Benedict is celebrated on July 11.
The ancient Dialogues of Gregory, the only source of biographical material that we have on either Benedict or his sister Scholastica, tell us stories in the metaphorical style of the time that give insight into the qualities and character of both of them rather than simple historical detail. Gregory’s work outlines the seven miracles of Benedict, and it is in them that we take the measure of the man. Every one of these stories has to do with care for another, not with mystical experiences or esoteric visions or transcendent ecstasies.

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.