NEW BOOK from Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for women’s rights for over 50 years. Called “one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors” by Publishers Weekly, this rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment draws on the wisdom of prophets–both ancient and modern–to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us. 

Pairing scriptural insights with stirring narratives of the truth-tellers that came before us, Sister Joan offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and to propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment.

For the weary, the cranky, and the fearful, Sister Joan’s energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times. ORDER HERE

VIEW ADDITIONAL VIDEOS FROM SISTER JOAN ABOUT HER NEW BOOK.

We work because
the world is unfinished
and it is ours to develop.
—Joan Chittister

  • PBS interview for Dorothy Day documentary filming

    Award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier interviews Joan Chittister for a new Dorothy Day documentary.

  • The documentary, Dorothy Day: Anarchist Saint is coming to Public Television Fall 2019.

    The documentary, Dorothy Day: Anarchist Saint is coming to Public Television Fall 2019.

  • Joan and filmmaker Martin Doblmeier chat during the filming.

    Joan and filmmaker Martin Doblmeier chat during the filming.

  • A member of the film crew monitors the recording. Photos by Jo Clarke, oblate

    A member of the film crew monitors the recording. Photos by Jo Clarke, oblate

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

At Lent, Catholics Reflect On Faith As Sex Abuse Scandal Shakes The Church
An Interview on NPR

Sister Joan was interviewed on the subject of Lent by Michel Martin of National Public Radio on the program, All Things Considered. Click here to read highlights of the interview and to listen to the full broadcast.

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage
Interview About New Book

Welton Gaddy, host of the radio program State of Belief, had an extended interview with Joan Chittister this week. You can listen to their conversation, which touches on the current state of the world, what it means to be courageous, and what she wishes she could go back in time to tell her younger self, by clicking here.

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
New Series - Third Column by Sister Joan

In her latest column in the National Catholic Reporter, Joan Chittister describes how following the third step of humility—take direction from wisdom figures—can help to solve our current national and global crises. Click here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Mar 18, 2019

A Word from Joan

An act of compassion
Mar 18, 2019
The Way of the Cross:The Path to New Life by Joan Chittister

The story of Veronica, whose act of compassion left the wounded face of Jesus imprinted on the veil with which she wiped his bleeding face, is a mixture of tradition, legend and devotions that developed over the centuries from one end of Europe to another. There is no ascertainable historical accuracy attached to any of the tellings, let alone to any of the “veils” themselves, but there is a great deal of spiritual truth to be recognized here.

Spirituality Resources

A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality
A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality

New from Joan Chittister

Since she was 16 years old Joan Chittister has had the Rule of Saint Benedict— known as a "little Rule for beginners" —read aloud to her each day, as is the custom in her community. In this artistic and accessible small book, she distills the wisdom of all that listening, choosing one line from each chapter of the Rule and then commenting briefly on the new understanding or new questions about God that it reveals.

Sacred Journeys Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey
Sacred Journeys Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey with Joan Chittister

Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey with Joan Chittister for 10 days eparting on October 18, 2019. The cruise sails roundtrip from Athens, Greece with visits to Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Rhodes and more!  Enhance your journey by adding the Athens & Corinth Post-Tour. Sacred Journeys is the topic for guest speaker Sister Joan Chittister. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form.

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.