2017 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal

The 2017 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal is underway. Sister Joan writes, "I’m asking for crowd-funding to enable us to enlarge our donations of journals, calendars, and copies of The Monastic Way. There are simply so many out there in the prison system who get nothing from anyone. So many who no one thinks about at all. So many who need the opportunity to look beyond the emptiness of the day to the wonder of the eternal." Click here to read her entire letter and, please give now.

Hope is the
instinct in us
that something greater
can become real.

  • Sister Joan addresses the Omega Institute on Being Fearless.

    Sister Joan addresses the Omega Institute on Being Fearless.

  • Sister Joan Chittister, inset, engages with participants at the 2017 Readers Retreat

    Sister Joan Chittister, inset, engages with participants at the 2017 Readers Retreat. More information here.

  • Sister Joan Chittister after presentation in Boston

    Joan visits with participants after her presentation at Sacred Threads in Boston, MA, on July 13.

  • Tinamarie Stolz and Joan Chittister

    Tinamarie Stolz, the 2017 Joan Chittister intern, with Joan

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 speaking at the Kenan Center in Lockport, NY
Recent Talk in Lockport

The sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, New York, was filled on Saturday, December 2, as Joan Chittister presented a speech entitled, “Radical Christian Life.” Sister Joan’s talk was part of the Kenan Speaker Series, which marked the 50th anniversary of Lockport’s Kenan Center. “My takeaway from this talk was her remark that, ‘Jesus Christ was an assault on every closed mind of his day.’ That’s what this country needs to hear,” said Lucille, who attended this talk and has read several of Sister Joan’s works. Another attendee said that he had not known much about St. Benedict before hearing Joan speak, but was now moved to learn more about Benedictine spirituality.

Joan Chittister at the 4th World Congress of Oblates
Oblate Article

A news story by Judith Valente on the Fourth International Oblate Conference, where Joan Chittister was the keynote speaker, was published in National Catholic Reporter, Global Sisters Report. The article, “Benedictine Oblates stand at a crossroads in monastic history” summarized the Nov. 4-10 gathering held in Rome where oblates, secular associates of monasteries, were challenged to assume an increased role in passing on the Benedictine tradition. To read Valente’s article, click here. To read Sister Joan’s message to oblates, click here.

Sister Joan Chittister, distinguished speaker
Distinguished Speaker

Sister Joan Chittister is this year's distinguished speaker at the fourth annual Kenan Speaker Series, on Saturday, Dec. 2, at First Presbyterian Church, Lockport, NY. She will speak at 3 p.m. on the topic, "Radical Christian Life." Click here for more information.

Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

On the goodness of flesh
Dec 11, 2017

For many people, religion has something to do with fighting the flesh, taming it, beating it down, bringing it to submission so that the spirit can soar untrammeled by anything so mundane as a body. The flesh becomes the enemy of religion, the impediment to goodness, the pulsing, impulsive, lively gift that we’re all meant to fear. That’s where Christianity comes in. Christianity is based on the goodness of flesh.

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

2018 Joan Chittister Calendar AND Bookmarks
Joan Chittister 2018 Calendar

Throughout history there have been fiery trail-blazing women who spoke their truth and changed history. And the 2018 Joan Chittister Calendar honors 12 of them. Insightful and inspiring quotes from Sister Joan echo the wisdom of such luminaries as Fannie Lou Hamer, Joan of Arc, Four Women Martyrs of El Salvador, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Carson… Artist Marcy Hall (2016 Joan Chittister calendar) returns with her vibrant, whimsical yet deeply reflective paintings that capture the essence of each of these remarkable women.

BONUS GIFT INCLUDED: In this year’s calendar there is a two-page tear-out that contains a 3.5"x4.25" bookmark of each of the monthly paintings and quotes with a brief biography of the featured women on the reverse side. Presto! Cut them apart and you have a calendar and a small gift to send to 12 friends.

ALSO AVAILABLE: We have made the set of 12 bookmarks available for purchase apart from the calendar. Printed on sturdy cardstock, each 3.5"x4.25" card features the same quotes as the calendar pages and on the reverse is a short biography of each woman.

Cruise to Cuba 2018

Cruise to Cuba with Joan Chittister February 2-9, 2018. Cruise itinerary includes Montego Bay, Jamaica and Santiago de Cuba, Havana and Cienfuegos, Cuba. Guest speakers are Sister Joan Chittister and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Regular registration due by October 5, 2017; after October 5 additional fees applied.

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.