2018 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal

The 2018 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal is underway. Click here to read Sister Joan's personal letter and, please give now.

As long as
beauty exists,
life is worth living.
—Joan Chittister

  • 2018 Readers Retreat with Joan Chittister

    A light moment during the 2018 Readers Retreat. The annual retreat, held in Erie, is limited to 32 participants.

  • 2018 Readers Retreat with Joan Chittister

    Sister Joan listens as participants read selections from her Essential Writings aloud during the retreat.

  • 2018 Readers Retreat with Joan Chittister

    Sister Joan talks with a participant at the 2018 Readers Retreat held at the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel in Erie.

  • 2018 Readers Retreat with Joan Chittister

    Participants in the 2018 Readers Retreat read from Joan Chittister: Essential Writings, this year's selection.

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

The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister
Pre-order Book Now

In her new book, The Time Is Now: A Call for Uncommon Courage (Penguin Random House), Joan Chittister pleads with readers to reclaim their prophetic spirituality—a spirituality of awareness, of choice, of risk, of transformation. In doing so, “she 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 and offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace and empowerment.” Release date: March 5, 2019. Click here to pre-order.

PBS Film Board
PBS Film

Award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and his crew interviewed Joan Chittister at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie, PA, on November 7, for a PBS documentary on Dorothy Day that they are producing through Journey Films. (Click here.) When Doblmeier asked Sister Joan how she would define Dorothy Day, she answered, “She was a firecracker that never goes out—everywhere she went she ‘blew up’ old and erroneous world views with new light and vision.”

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We Stand Together

Sister Joan attended Shabbat Services at the Erie Temple Anshe Hesed on Friday, November 2, to express solidarity with the Jewish community in its time of mourning following the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She joined over a hundred supporters who attended the prayer service, a movement organized by One Table, Erie’s interfaith, multicultural organization.

The iconic Pittsburgh Steeler logo was turned into a Jewish star to show solidarity after the synagogue shooting.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Nov 11, 2018

A Word from Joan

A time to weep
Nov 12, 2018

The ancients talked about the 'gift of tears,' the grace of sorrow for sin. Sin is not a popular concept these days, and sorrow is even more suspect in this culture. “We don’t sin; we make mistakes,” the respondents to a study of contemporary Christian beliefs report. We do not, the modern version holds, need to weep either for our own brokenness or the damage we have done to others because, unfortunate as it may be, it was beyond our conscious control.

Spirituality Resources

2019 Joan Chittister Calendar
2019 Joan Chittister Calendar

$10 each, as low as $6 in quantity

“Failing to notice one rose, we fail to notice the entire cosmos,” writes Joan Chittister, author of over 50 books on spirituality. The 2019 Joan Chittister Calendar offers you the opportunity to begin to see in a new way, with greater attention and appreciation for the Divine Presence. Each month features photographs that highlight small details of simple, everyday beauty. These images are paired with thought-provoking quotations from Sister Joan. Make your way through the year with fresh spiritual inspiration, and with greater sensitivity to the loveliness around you.

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.

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.