The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

Join a free, moderated online discussion of this pamphlet here on Sister Joan's website, September 19-23 (click here to join the discussion.) 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.


Joan Chittister Live Webinar: Women and Moral Leadership

Joan Chittister Live Webinar: Women and Moral Leadership

“People get the leaders they deserve” is an old adage. But is it true?

Join Joan Chittister for “Women and Moral Leadership,” a live-streamed webinar, as she articulates why church and society are locked in a leadership crisis in an era when we have never needed vision more.

Joan Chittister will address impacting questions such as:

  • What is leadership and is it possible?
  • What kind of leadership is needed in today’s world?
  • Where are the women? And why?
  • If women were leaders how would it change anything?
  • How would the presence of women leaders change church/state?

Date is Saturday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. to Noon EDT.

Cost is $30 and includes SIX MONTHS ACCESS to the presentation after the webinar concludes.

Register here.

The glory
of humanity is
its inherent ability
to begin again.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan Chittister interviewed by CBS

    Journalists from CBS News: Religion & Culture visited Erie to interview Joan Chittister for a documentary. The Wisdom of Our Elders will air in September.

  • Joan Chittister addresses Aging Faithfully Conference

    Joan Chittister addresses the Aging Faithfully Conference in Sioux Falls, SD

  • Joan signs books at the Aging Faithfully conference

    Joan signs books at the Aging Faithfully conference.

  • Joan Chittister book signing line at Aging Faithfully

    Conference participants wait in line to have Joan sign their books--and have a chance to speak with her.

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

Sister Joan on CBS
CBS Documentary

In case you missed the CBS Religion & Culture show, The Wisdom of Our Elders, that featured Sister Joan, you can view it on their website. Click here.

Sister Joan on CBS

Joan Chittister is one of three faith leaders interviewed on “The Wisdom of Our Elders,” a special interfaith program, to be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 18 on the CBS Television Network. For more information, click here.

Joan Chittister: Her Journey From Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts
Well of Wisdom

“….let us drink deeply from the well of Chittister’s wisdom,” writes Anne Brown in her perceptive review in America Magazine of two books dealing with Sister Joan—her biography by Tom Roberts and her award winning book, Two Dogs and a Parrot. To read the review, click here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

Free your spirit
Sep 26, 2016
The Monastic Way by Joan Chittister

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
—Rumi

Life, we come to believe, is a straightjacket. As the years go by, we learn to think thoughts someone else produced. We do the things someone else tells us are good for us. We see the world the way everybody else does. We call good what the world calls good, and bad what the world calls bad. We live in prisons of our own making.

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

Join Joan on Lands of the Bible 2017 River Cruise
Join Joan on Lands of the Bible 2017 River 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. Register by November 1 and save $100. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Download a brochure here.

2017 Joan Chittister Calendar and Monastic Way
2017 Joan Chittister Calendar and Monastic Way

“To be able to look at something and imagine how to do it differently is the gift that frees the soul,” writes Joan Chittister. The Gift of Seeing Differently, the 2017 Joan Chittister Calendar, and the 2017 The Monastic Way collection are about freeing the soul.

The insights of Joan Chittister, the words of Scripture and the bold and multifaceted art of our 2017 artist Ansgar Holmberg give you a new opportunity each month to see, think and construct your world differently—to discover how God dwells among us in surprising forms.

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.

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.