The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

In time for national elections—“A Prayer for Leadership” by Joan Chittister now available in a new pamphlet, The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come, that includes Sister Joan’s entire “A Prayer for Leadership” along with short reflections on the nature of leadership itself and talking points on the subject.

Easily accessible format and slim enough to carry in a purse or pocket or keep by your bedside. Ideal for group prayer and discussion or personal prayer and reflection. Order now.

One of life’s
greatest talents
is the ability
to accept
ourselves and
to enjoy it.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan Chittister and Jimmy Carter

    Sister Joan and President Jimmy Carter were together at the Carter Center in Atlanta for the Human Rights Defenders Forum, June 2016.

  • Joan Chittister and intern Breanna Mekuly

    Breanna Mekuly, the 2016 Joan Chittister intern, took time from research and writing projects to sort books with Sister Joan.

  • Sister Joan embraces a Syrian woman.

    From the Archives - During a 2006 trip Sister Joan embraces a Syrian woman.

  • Sister Joan attends a Peace Council meeting in Jerusalem in 2000

    From the Archives - Sister Joan attends a Peace Council meeting in Jerusalem in 2000.

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.

As a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joan Chittister has focused her life’s work on 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 at Chautauqua
Women & Leadership

Joan Chittister and Muslim activist Daisy Khan closed the week on “Moral Leadership in Action” at Chautauqua Institution with a conversation on women and leadership facilitated by former Chautauqua Institution Director of Religion Joan Brown Campbell. To read Chittister’s and Khan’s answers to the four questions posed, click here.

Joan Chittister: Her Journey From Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts
New Review of Biography

“Sandra Schneiders has written an incredibly gracious but also very insightful review,” wrote Tom Roberts about her review of his biography, Joan Chittister: A Journey from Certainty to Faith. The review, which appears in the recent issue of American Catholic Studies, the journal of the American Catholic Historical Society, can be accessed here.

Joan Chittister and Breanna Mekuly
QUEST FOR COMMUNITY

An article chronicling Breanna Mekuly’s journey as an intern with Sister Joan Chittister for 10 weeks this summer appeared in the monthly e-newsletter of Breanna’s former college, St. Norbert, Green Bay, WI. To read Breanna’s account, click here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

Only purpose of life
Jul 25, 2016
In God's Holy Light: Wisdom From the Desert Monastics by Joan Chittister

A brother said to an old man: “There are two brothers. One of them stays in his cell quietly fasting for six days at a time, and imposing on himself a good deal of discipline, and the other serves the sick. Which one of them is more acceptable to God?” The old man replied, “Even if the brother who fasts six days were to hang himself by the nose, he could not equal the one who serves the sick.”

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. The discussion on Following the Path opens June 20 and will continue until July 1.

Spirituality Resources

The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come
The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

In time for national elections—“A Prayer for Leadership” by Joan Chittister now available in a new pamphlet, The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come, that includes Sister Joan’s entire “A Prayer for Leadership” along with short reflections on the nature of leadership itself and talking points on the subject. Easily accessible format and slim enough to carry in a purse or pocket or keep by your bedside. Ideal for group prayer and discussion or personal prayer and reflection.

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life
Joan Chittister: Two Dogs and a Parrot

Whether we have an animal companion, long to have a pet or love someone who does, or cherish animals and nature, Two Dogs and a Parrot will speak to us all. It illuminates the significance of sharing our lives with a pet and celebrates the great gift of animals in our world. See the video of Joan and her standoff with pet bird, Lady.

Here's an invitation for you: Sister Joan has created a special “Two Dogs and a Parrot” and wants you to post a picture of your pet (or you and your pet!) and tell us what your pet has taught you. Click here to see the gallery and share your picture and memory.

The Monastic Way 2016...
The Monastic Way 2016 by Joan Chittister

pairs Joan Chittister with some of history's great figures— lay and religious, male and female, Christian and non-Christian — who have stretched the very soul of humanity. Each month you can meet one of them in a vibrant and stunning monthly publication that will stretch your soul, too. Let heroes such as Gandhi, Teresa of Avila, Etty Hillesum, Rumi, accompany you through the year. Artist Marcy Hall contributes to this masterpiece that will inspire you all year.

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.