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Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister now available

Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister

Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister now available. ORDER HERE

Once we have survived
one of the great
storms of life,
we come to realize that
we can survive them all
not because God
intervened to save us
but because God
gave us the strength
to save ourselves.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan Chittister and Cokie Roberts in conversation

    Cokie Roberts and Joan Chittister in Conversation at Mercyhurst University. Read more.

  • Sister Joan participates in Womens March

    Sister Joan participates in the Women’s March in Erie on January 21, joining over 3 million women worldwide in an extraordinary demonstration of solidarity for women’s rights.

  • Sister Joan Chittister BBC radio interview

    BBC journalist Clare Balding interviews Joan for her radio show Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding on January 15, 2017 from London

  • 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 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

Joan Chittister and Cokie Roberts at Mercyhurst University
Joan Chittister Lecture Series at Mercyhurst University

"Sister Joan Chittister and political commentator and author Cokie Roberts shared the stage Tuesday evening at Mercyhurst University’s D’Angelo Performing Arts Center for “In Conversation,″ the school’s annual presentation of the Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series. They shared jokes with a capacity crowd of more than 800, talked about events that shaped their lives and delved into thought-provoking discussion on a number of high-profile issues," wrote Ron Leonardi in an article posted in the Erie Times News the day after the event. To read the entire post, see photos and watch a video of Joan and Cokie, click here.

Sister Joan Chittister
Mercyhurst Hosts Sister Joan and Cokie Roberts in Conversation

"A capacity crowd of nearly 800 is expected to attend Mercyhurst University’s “In Conversation″ presentation Tuesday night, 4/25," writes Ron Leonardi, reporter for Erie Times News. "Erie Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister and author and political commentator Cokie Roberts have never met personally, but each woman admits to sharing a mutual respect for the other’s career and achievements. 'I’ve followed Cokie’s work for a long time, and she was one of the first A-rank woman political commentators in the country,' said Chittister, an advocate for peace, justice and equality." To read the complete article click here.

Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister
Radical Book

An interview with Joan Chittister on her new book, Radical Spirit, is available on the Religious New Service website. It begins this way:

(RNS) Sister Joan Chittister opens her latest book with the story of Abba Zosimas, a fifth-century monk in Palestine.Abba Zosimas taught his followers, “The soul has as many masters as it has passions.” Chittister wants her readers to look “gently, kindly but clearly” at those masters and passions in their lives. For the popular activist and author, freedom from those things comes from living out the 12 degrees of humility found in the Rule of St. Benedict, which guides her life as a Benedictine nun. And they’re just as applicable today as they were 1,500 years ago, as she explains in ”Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life,” which will be published April 25 by Convergent.

To read the entire interview, click here.

Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

Do no harm to the earth
Apr 24, 2017
The Monastery of the Heart by Joan Chittister

Benedictine spirituality
is a sacramental spirituality.
It holds all things—
the earth and all its goods—
as sacred.

We are co-creators with God
of what creation has left unfinished.
What has been left in embryo
is left for us to develop.
What has been developed
God trusts us to bring to full potential.

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

Live Radically, Love Faithfully Video on Demand from Joan Chittister
Sister Joan Chittister, Live Radically, Love Faithfully

What is your role as a Christian in today's world? Joan Chittister suggests that what’s needed is for followers of Jesus to become freelance thinkers, public intellectuals, average people who live the gospel faithfully and radically. She then lists eight traits of the public intellectual and analyzes the potential impact faithful followers like you could have on the issues of the day.
90-day rental, $25
Originally presented at the 2015 Call to Action Conference
Click to read more and VIEW a preview

NEW BOOK: 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.

Women and Moral Leadership
Joan Chittister Women and Moral Leadership

Now on DVD or Video on Demand
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.