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.

Listening is about
being willing to learn
from someone else.
—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

When and how is silence important for our spiritual growth? Joan Chittister addresses this question in her latest column in the National Catholic Reporter, which deals with the ninth step of humility in the Rule of Benedict. Read the piece here.

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
National Catholic Reporter Column

Joan Chittister's latest column in the National Catholic Reporter on the 8th step of humility asks us to consider what tradition means to us, and what "the memory of a community" has to do with humility and growth. To read the column click here.

Sister Joan and Qprah Winfrey
Sister Joan and Oprah

Joan Chittister was interviewed recently by Oprah Winfrey for a return visit to her Super Soul Sunday program. The interview focused on Sister Joan’s recently released book, The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage (Random House). Sister Joan made her first appearance on Oprah’s show in 2015, her latest appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday program is scheduled to air for the first time on Sunday, May 26 on OWN TV at 11:00 AM EST. It will run again on Sunday, June 2 at noon. If you missed the episode when it aired on television, you can watch it online by clicking here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Jun 23, 2019

A Word from Joan

Our doorway to peace
Jun 18, 2019
In God's Holy Light: Wisdom From the Desert Monastics by Joan Chittister

The great spiritual problem of the day is being “like fish out of water.” A life without spiritual regularity drifts through time with little to really hang onto when life most needs an anchor. Instead, we often get caught up in someone else’s agenda most of our lives. We put the cell aside for work and its never-ending deadlines. We forget the cell when we need it most and make play a poor substitute for thought and prayer. We think that we can run our legs off doing, going, finding, socializing, and still stay stolid and serene in the midst of the pressure of it all.

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.