Every adventure
we undertake
leaves us with
more soul,
more heart, than
we ever had before.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan Chittister and Breanna Mekuly

    Joan Chittister on stage at St. Norbert's with alumna and former Joan Chittister intern Breanna Mekuly

  • Bridget Burke Ravizza, Joan Chittister, Breanna Mekuly

    Bridget Burke Ravizza, organizer of Sister Joan's event at St. Norbert, Joan, and interviewer Breanna Mekuly

  • Sister Joan signs books after her presentation at the Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Direction in Las Vegas

  • Joan Chittister at the Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Direction, Las Vegas

    Sister Joan presents "Radical Spirit" at the Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Direction in Las Vegas

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

We Are All One by Joan Chittister
New Book

We are One: Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Another is another in a series of small, but weighty books by Joan Chittister published by 23rd Publications. This is the seventh reflection book in the series, which began in 2009 with the publication of the best-selling, Breath of the Soul. The publishers write, “These powerful meditations, filled with wisdom gained from spiritual leaders who have inspired Sister Joan’s own thought, will inspire your own prayer and group sharing, leading you to the simple but profound truth: We are all one.”

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Michigan Lecture

The Transformations Spirituality Center and Fetzer Institute are sponsoring a talk and book signing by Joan Chittister, at Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI, on Friday, June 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sister Joan will speak on the themes of her latest book, Radical Spirit. For more information, click here.

Joan Chittister and Breanna Mekuly at St. Norbert's College
From Certainty to Faith

The recent interview of Sister Joan Chittister by St. Norbert College aluma and former Joan Chittister intern, Breanna Mekuly, was in such demand that the Wisconsin college had it live-streamed. You can access the interview here, but fast-forward the first 28 minutes…then the program begins.
(L.to R: Bridget Burke Ravizza, organizer of event, Sister Joan, and Breanna)

Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

May 27, 2018

A Word from Joan

It is home
May 21, 2018
June 2018 Monastic Way by Joan Chittister

We live on an old inner-city block that is buttressed on its street side by old next-to-new shops and small, hot, walk-up apartments. But behind our house in an old sunken lot against the walls of those tenements, we grow roses and tulips, plant berries and tomatoes, have busy bird feeders, vegetable beds and a hammock next to a rare kind of beech tree that is well over 100 years old. And over the garden on the tar paper roof-top porches of those tenements, old people, unemployed people, sit and watch our garden grow.

Spirituality Resources

Cruise with Joan Chittister
Cruise with Joan Chittister

Cruise to Greece and Italy with Sister Joan
Follow in the footsteps of Sts. Peter and Paul on a cruise to the Greek Isles, Italy and Rome with Joan Chittister October 19-28, 2018. This 10-day trip features Guest Speaker Sister Joan Chittister aboard the Azamara Pursuit. You'll explore ports of calls like Taormina, Italy; Mykonos, Greece, and Pompeii, Italy. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Complete details and registration are at Educational Opportunities Tours

Everywoman Bookmarks
Everywoman Bookmarks

Insightful and inspiring quotes from Sister Joan echo the wisdom of such luminaries as Fannie Lou Hamer, Mary Magdalene, Dorothy Day, Mother Jones, The Four Churchwomen of El Salvador, Hildegard of Bingen, Mothers of Plaza del Mayo, Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Carson and Sojourner Truth. Artist Marcy Hall, with her vibrant, whimsical, yet deeply reflective paintings, captures the essence of each of these remarkable women.


Award Winner: Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister

New book from Joan Chittister: Radical Spirit

Feeling burnt-out from life, strung-out from social media, and put out by a society that always wants more from you? Beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister, who appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, offers a practical, character-building, and inspirational guide to help you take control of your emotional life and redirect your spiritual destiny.

Listen to Sister Joan talk about Radical Spirit in this video.

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.