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.

no matter how good,
how holy it is,
is simply not enough
to fuel the
human being to fullness.

  • 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

Joan Chittister at the 4th World Congress of Oblates
Let the Call Be Heard

On November 7th, Joan Chittister spoke at the 4th International Oblate Congress in Rome, Italy, on the role of oblates in spreading the Benedictine charism throughout the world. The text of her speech is available at the Monasteries of the Heart website. Click here.

Joan Chittister and Oprah Winfrey
Special Television Show

Joan Chittister is one of the guests featured in a special edition of Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. In the broadcast, Oprah presents her new book, The Wisdom of Sundays, through an episode filled with clips of her most memorable “aha moments” from “Super Soul Sunday” throughout the years. Sister Joan is one of the interviews highlighted in the book and in this special television show. Click here to connect to the book's website and here to view the TV episode.

Joan Chittister, OSB in Athens
Holy Land Cruise

“The tour has been stunning—Greece, especially, is such a place of beauty and style, history and simplicity,” wrote Sister Joan after completing her time as guest lecturer on a 12-day Lands of the Bible Cruise. The tour included visits to Greece, Turkey and the Holy Land. Sister Joan, who lectured on the five-major religions, concluded, “These Educational Opportunity cruises are soul-stretching. We talked about the nature of religion on the way to Athens and climbed to the top of the Acropolis when we got there. The education and the experience simply melt into one.”

Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

Let us give thanks
Nov 20, 2017
The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer by Joan Chittister

Gratitude is not only the posture of praise but it is also the basic element of real belief in God. When we bow our heads in gratitude, we acknowledge that the works of God are good. We recognize that we cannot, of ourselves, save ourselves. We proclaim that our existence and all its goods come not from our own devices but are part of the works of God. Gratitude is the alleluia to existence, the praise that thunders through the universe as tribute to the ongoing presence of God with us even now.

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.