A thing
is beautiful
if it stops us
in mid-air.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2016

    The book for this year's Reader's Retreat with Joan Chittister, Two Dogs and a Parrot, featured Joan's pet, Lady.

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2017

    The Reader's Retreat, held in Findley Lake, NY, Oct 9-11 brought together 36 participants from across the country.

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2017

    The unique format involves every participant in reflection on the selected book and also includes prayer time.

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2016

    2016 Reader's Retreat participants meet Sister Joan's bird, Lady. The book for this year's retreat was Two Dogs and a Parrot—Lady is featured in the book.

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.

As a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joan Chittister has focused her life’s work on 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

BBC Interview

An interview with Joan Chittister by BBC journalist Clare Balding for her radio show Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding was broadcast on January 15, 2017 from London. The 40-minute interview, part of the BBC Religion and Ethics Department, includes discussion on faith development, equality in the church and topics from Sister Joan’s recent books. Click here to listen. (Interview begins at 1:27:00.)

Joan's most recent column in NCR

New NCR column from Joan Chittister, "The real electoral problem may lie within us”. Click here to read it.

Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister
BEST BOOK OF 2016

Spirituality & Health Magazine named Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister one of its Best Books of 2016, calling it “a favorite guide for walking the seeker’s path.” The six books chosen were listed in the January/February 2017 issue. The review notes: “…(a) deceptively simple set of lessons that our animal companions can teach us about living in this crowded world.”


Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

In the face of adversity
Jan 17, 2017

Endurance shines as the hallmark of the prophets, the lodestone of the prophetic. Those who are willing to endure when endurance looks insane, has no hope of prevailing, consumes everything else in its path, are those who know a greater truth, a more promising hope, a truer way to wholeness than the world around them has to offer. That kind of endurance is of God. It transcends human concerns and demands human attention.

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

The Prophet in You Lent 2017
The Prophet in You Lent 2017 Joan Chittister

The Prophet in You:
Gifts for Prophecy and Transformation for Lent 2017
by Joan Chittister

"The prophetic call is a call to the cutting edge," writes Joan Chittister. In this Lenten publication, she will explore the Sunday scriptures with you asking: What does the prophetic call have to do with you? How will it affect your life? What will it mean to your own development and spiritual authenticity?

$3 each includes shipping and handling; quantity discount for 25 or more.

Women and Moral Leadership
Joan Chittister Women and Moral Leadership

Now on DVD or Video on Demand
Joan Chittister Women and Moral Leadership
We live at a time when authority is in question, patriarchy remains, and women have the gifts we need—according to Joan Chittister. "Women and Moral Leadership" is an hour long presentation in which Sister Joan examines our concepts of leadership: where they come from, how they have evolved and why women are desperately needed now in all levels of leadership.

"Women and Moral Leadership" was first presented as a Joan Chittister webinar in 2016.

DVD $35 plus shipping and handling ORDER HERE
View a trailer and/or purchase a 90 day rental for $35 CLICK HERE

Join Joan on Lands of the Bible 2017 Mediterranean Cruise
Join Joan on Lands of the Bible 2017 Mediterranean Cruise

Visit the “Lands of the Bible” with Joan Chittister on an October 16-28, 2017, cruise that will take you to Turkey, Greece, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Sister Joan will give brief talks on “World Religions” during the cruise. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Download a brochure here.

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.