Once we have survived
one of the great
storms of life,
we come to realize that
we can survive them all
not because God
intervened to save us
but because God
gave us the strength
to save ourselves.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan meets the "Lake Erie Swim Challenge" at the local Y.

    Sister Joan meets the "Lake Erie Swim Challenge" at the local Y. Watch the local news report here.

  • Sister Joan participates in Womens March

    Sister Joan participates in the Women’s March in Erie on January 21, joining over 3 million women worldwide in an extraordinary demonstration of solidarity for women’s rights.

  • Sister Joan Chittister BBC radio interview

    BBC journalist Clare Balding interviews Joan for her radio show Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding on January 15, 2017 from London

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2016

    The book for this year's Reader's Retreat with Joan Chittister, Two Dogs and a Parrot, featured Joan's pet, Lady.

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

Is Unity Possible?

In her latest column published by NCR, "Is There Anything Left In Which We Can Believe?", Sister Joan challenges us with another question: Is unity really possible in the United States at a time of apparently unremitting partisanship? Click here to read the article and ponder her questions and suggestions for action.

Joan Chittister wins swimming challenge.
Believe It or Not

You can add one more kudos to Joan Chittister’s resume. From now on she may be introduced as “The woman who swam Lake Erie at the age of 80.” Sister Joan, who began swimming regularly at Erie’s downtown YMCA about 18 months ago, accepted the Y’s challenge to swim the equivalency of Lake Erie—23.75 miles—between January and April 2017. Sister Joan, who swam about 75 minutes a day, finished the challenge in 23 days and was awarded a T-shirt and a feature story on the local news. Click here to view.

BBC Interview

An interview with Joan Chittister by BBC journalist Clare Balding for her radio show Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding was broadcast on January 15, 2017 from London. The 40-minute interview, part of the BBC Religion and Ethics Department, includes discussion on faith development, equality in the church and topics from Sister Joan’s recent books. Click here to listen. (Interview begins at 1:27:00.)

Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

To see differently
Mar 20, 2017
The Radical Christian Life by Joan Chittister

Of all the stories told about Benedict of Nursia, this one may be the most impacting of all on our lives. Most of us will never work miracles or found monasteries, but one thing we can all learn to do is to see. This story is about a special kind of seeing.

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

Live Radically, Love Faithfully Video on Demand from Joan Chittister
Sister Joan Chittister, Live Radically, Love Faithfully

What is your role as a Christian in today's world? Joan Chittister suggests that what’s needed is for followers of Jesus to become freelance thinkers, public intellectuals, average people who live the gospel faithfully and radically. She then lists eight traits of the public intellectual and analyzes the potential impact faithful followers like you could have on the issues of the day.
90-day rental, $25
Originally presented at the 2015 Call to Action Conference
Click to read more and VIEW a preview

NEW BOOK: Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister

New book from Joan Chittister: Radical Spirit
Feeling burnt-out from life, strung-out from social media, and put out by a society that always wants more from you? Beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister, who appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, offers a practical, character-building, and inspirational guide to help you take control of your emotional life and redirect your spiritual destiny.

Women and Moral Leadership
Joan Chittister Women and Moral Leadership

Now on DVD or Video on Demand
We live at a time when authority is in question, patriarchy remains, and women have the gifts we need—according to Joan Chittister. "Women and Moral Leadership" is an hour long presentation in which Sister Joan examines our concepts of leadership: where they come from, how they have evolved and why women are desperately needed now in all levels of leadership.

"Women and Moral Leadership" was first presented as a Joan Chittister webinar in 2016.

DVD $35 plus shipping and handling ORDER HERE
View a trailer and/or purchase a 90 day rental for $35 CLICK HERE

Join Joan on Lands of the Bible 2017 Mediterranean Cruise
Join Joan on Lands of the Bible 2017 Mediterranean Cruise

Visit the “Lands of the Bible” with Joan Chittister on an October 16-28, 2017, cruise that will take you to Turkey, Greece, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Sister Joan will give brief talks on “World Religions” during the cruise. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Download a brochure here.

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.