New Book: Joan Chittister on Women

We're counting down to the launch of a NEW book, From the writings of Joan Chittister: On Women on Wednesday, June 10.

 

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No one and nothing
can undermine the
humble person’s
confidence in God.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference.

  • Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

    Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

  • Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

    Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

  • Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference in Mesa, AZ

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

Joan Chittister on Oprah on Easter Sunday

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Joan Chittister on her book, The Time Is Now, is being rebroadcast Easter Sunday morning at 10 a.m. local time on OWN. Episodes are also available on the Watch OWN app and on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast.

NCR Column on Principles in Pandemic

Joan Chittister’s latest column in the National Catholic Reporter teaches principles from Benedictine spirituality that we need during this time of pandemic. To read the four truths that she deems essential for this time, click here.

Brené Brown Recommends

Best-selling author Brené Brown, whose TED Talk, “The Call to Courage” is one of the five most-viewed talks in the world, closed a 15-minute church service on her Instagram story with an excerpt from Joan Chittister’s, “Prayer for Conscience and Courage." Click here to read the entire prayer as it is posted on the Monasteries of the Heart website. (If you are not already a member, click here to sign up for a free membership.)


Joan Chittister Newsletters

Prayer for a Pandemic

by Joan Chittister

God of light
and God of mystery,
give us the faith to see you
in the grey dimness
of this time.

>>>Read full prayer

Five Minutes with Joan Chittister

May 24, 2020


A Word from Joan

A model of abandonment
May 25, 2020
In Pursuit of Peace by Joan Chittister

Psalm 130 teaches us to pray: “My soul relies on God more than a sentry on the coming of dawn.” Someplace deep inside us we know, even in our loneliest moments, that we are not alone. When there is no light and no sense of direction and no clear provoking voice within us, there is nevertheless a sense of Presence that carries us on. When life is bright and good and full of blessings we can almost feel the Hand of God upon us. We know that there is power in us. We can feel a life beyond our own.

Spirituality Resources

The Monastery of the Heart: Benedictine Spirituality for Contemporary Seekers

The Monastery of the Heart is Joan Chittister’s powerful spiritual guide for all of us who are longing for a more purposeful life in this time of social upheavals and global transformations. It is written for seekers of any faith or none—individuals, couples, families, and small groups— who are looking for new ways of meaningful living in the very center of our world—without ever withdrawing from it. 

Dear Joan Chittister Conversations with Women in the Church
Dear Joan Chittister Conversations with Women in the Church

In this groundbreaking book, ten young women active in ministry share their thoughts, aspirations, questions and desires with Sister Joan Chittister.... Joan then responds with affirmation and challenge, sharing her wisdom, inspiration and courage with those vitally committed to the church.

The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise with Joan Chittister
The Enchanting Rhine with Joan Chittister

NEW River Cruise with Sister Joan: Nine days in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands, October 18-26, 2020. You will visit places like the Rhine River Gorge, Cologne, Germany, and Strasbourg, France and hear conferences by Sister Joan. Click here for more information. Please enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form.