Joy is
the carrier
of hope.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan with participants at the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

    Joan with participants at the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

  • Twenty-four participants engage in conversation at the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

    Twenty-four participants engage in conversation at the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

  • Participants listen at the 2019 Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

    Participants listen at the 2019 Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

  • Joan leads the discussion at the 2019 Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

    Joan leads the discussion at the 2019 Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

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

New Book from Joan Chittister

In this groundbreaking book entitled Dear Joan: Conversations with Women in the Church, ten young women active in ministry within the church share their thoughts, aspirations, questions and desires with Sister Joan Chittister, a spiritual master and prophetic visionary who has long encouraged the gifts and voices of those too easily dismissed. The conversations unfold in a series of letters. Each letter writer shares an experience from her life ministry, and Joan then responds with affirmation and challenge. To order, click here.

National Older Adults Conference

Joan Chittister was the Keynote Speaker at the National Older Adults Conference, on September 3, 2019. This conference, held in Ashville, NC, was a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 50 and older who love learning and discerning together, exploring God’s call for their lives, and living out that call by sharing their energy, insight, and legacy with their families, communities, and the world. Sister Joan presented on the idea of the common good. All NOAC worship services and some special events, including Sister Joan’s presentation, were streamed over the internet live, and can also be accessed as streaming recordings at any time later. Click here to watch her.

In Conversation with Mary McAleese

Former Irish President Mary McAleese has been awarded the 2019 Alfons Auer Ethics Prize by the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Tübingen University, in recognition of her doctoral work on children’s rights in the Catholic Church’s 1983 code of canon law. In honor of this award, Joan Chittister and Dr. McAleese will have a public conversation at Trinity College, Dublin, on November 2. Click here to read more.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Sep 15, 2019

A Word from Joan

May I introduce Mary of Nazareth
Sep 16, 2019
2020 Joan Chittister Calendar

Mary of Nazareth knew very well what it meant to be strong. She was strong enough to know that she had been favored by God when the society said she couldn’t be so favored, and the tradition said she wouldn’t be so favored. She was strong enough to realize the strength of another woman when she went to Elizabeth for support and affirmation rather than to the synagogue to try to persuade the priests of the legitimacy of their visions, or to the government for protection, or even to the men to whom they were espoused to explain or cajole or plead.

Spirituality Resources

2020 Joan Chittister Calendar
2020 Joan Chittister Calendar

"Mary of Nazareth made feminism an article of the faith, and power holy. Mary shows us the sanctifying power of a human being who has become fully human," writes Joan Chittister in the introduction to her 2020 Calendar that features contemporary and culturally-varied Marian paintings by Brother Mickey McGrath.

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage
The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister

world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times.

What Are You Looking For?
What Are You Looking For? by Joan Chittister

Optimistic yet realistic, What Are You Looking For? is a word of encouragement for anyone who feels called deeper into life with God and others.

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.