2017 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal

The 2017 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal is underway. Sister Joan writes, "I’m asking for crowd-funding to enable us to enlarge our donations of journals, calendars, and copies of The Monastic Way. There are simply so many out there in the prison system who get nothing from anyone. So many who no one thinks about at all. So many who need the opportunity to look beyond the emptiness of the day to the wonder of the eternal." Click here to read her entire letter and, please give now.

The gift
of attention
makes every event
an experience.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan addresses the Omega Institute on Being Fearless.

    Sister Joan addresses the Omega Institute on Being Fearless.

  • Sister Joan Chittister, inset, engages with participants at the 2017 Readers Retreat

    Sister Joan Chittister, inset, engages with participants at the 2017 Readers Retreat. More information here.

  • Sister Joan Chittister after presentation in Boston

    Joan visits with participants after her presentation at Sacred Threads in Boston, MA, on July 13.

  • Tinamarie Stolz and Joan Chittister

    Tinamarie Stolz, the 2017 Joan Chittister intern, with Joan

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

Athena Award
Athena Award

Joan Chittister received the Athena Leadership Award at a luncheon Thursday, October 12. This award comes from the city of Erie’s chapter of the international Athena organization, which is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. Sister Joan told the crowd of nearly 300 that gains have been made, but equality is still a long way off as long as women face violence, harassment, and the wage gap. “She has spoken out for women all over the world on behalf of peace, women’s issues, church renewal and human rights,” said Linda Stevenson, Athena PowerLink chairwoman and Athena Erie founder. “Her willingness to take on anybody in defense of women’s and humans’ rights exemplifies the courageous acts and fierce advocacy that is at the center of the Athena leadership model.” Sister Joan said she was honored to accept the award and thrilled by the energy of the women and men in the room.

Click here to view a news report of the luncheon.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Joan Chittister, Fearlessly Faithful

We live in times that call for great boldness, courage, compassion and mindfulness. To meet the challenge, Omega Institute has gathered some of the country’s most fearless voices, including Joan Chittister, for a three-day live streamed event, Being Fearless, Oct. 13-15. Sister Joan will speak Friday evening on the topic, “What It Means to be Fearlessly Faithful: New Prophets for a New World.” The cost of the event is only $5. For an overview of the event, click here and watch the video. To register, click here.

The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
The Gift of Years

Ellen Ratner, a noted news analyst and author, recently came to Erie to interview Joan Chittister, after reading her book The Gift of Years. Click here to listen to their conversation.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

A questioning heart
Oct 16, 2017
Aspects of the Heart: the Many Paths to a Good Life by Joan Chittister

In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot. —Czeslaw Milosz

The quality of life as we know it has changed radically in our lifetime. When I was a young woman, the world—my world—was an exercise in answers. We had absolute answers for everything: who was going to heaven and who was not. The number of planets and how they went together. The age of the earth and how it developed.

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

2018 Joan Chittister Calendar AND Bookmarks
Joan Chittister 2018 Calendar

Throughout history there have been fiery trail-blazing women who spoke their truth and changed history. And the 2018 Joan Chittister Calendar honors 12 of them. Insightful and inspiring quotes from Sister Joan echo the wisdom of such luminaries as Fannie Lou Hamer, Joan of Arc, Four Women Martyrs of El Salvador, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Carson… Artist Marcy Hall (2016 Joan Chittister calendar) returns with her vibrant, whimsical yet deeply reflective paintings that capture the essence of each of these remarkable women.

BONUS GIFT INCLUDED: In this year’s calendar there is a two-page tear-out that contains a 3.5"x4.25" bookmark of each of the monthly paintings and quotes with a brief biography of the featured women on the reverse side. Presto! Cut them apart and you have a calendar and a small gift to send to 12 friends.

ALSO AVAILABLE: We have made the set of 12 bookmarks available for purchase apart from the calendar. Printed on sturdy cardstock, each 3.5"x4.25" card features the same quotes as the calendar pages and on the reverse is a short biography of each woman.

Cruise to Cuba 2018

Cruise to Cuba with Joan Chittister February 2-9, 2018. Cruise itinerary includes Montego Bay, Jamaica and Santiago de Cuba, Havana and Cienfuegos, Cuba. Guest speakers are Sister Joan Chittister and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Regular registration due by October 5, 2017; after October 5 additional fees applied.

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.