Happy people do
what they love and
love what they do.
—Joan Chittister

  • Participants in the JCICS visit Sister Joan's archives at Mercyhurst University.

    Participants in the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality visit Sister Joan's Archive at Mercyhurst University. Nine women, graduate students or recent graduates in divinity, theology, religion, or related programs, are participating.

  • Participants listen attentively to input from Sister Joan.

    “A Feminist Benedictine Option,” is the topic of the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality. Participants have a full schedule of input, reading and discussion. The Institute is taking place at Mount St. Benedict Monastery.

  • Joan, Tom Roberts and participants in the JCICS

    Sister Joan and her biographer, Tom Roberts, are surrounded by participants and staff of the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality. Tom presented his book, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith.

  • JCICS participants visit the Joan Chittister Archives at Mercyhurst University

    Participants in the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality look at displays in the Joan Chittister Archive Room at Mercyhurst University.

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

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Women Deacons

Joan Chittister was cited as a person whose writings most influenced the thinking of respondents to a recent study released by CARA on ordaining women deacons in the Catholic Church. The study surveyed all 777 leaders of Catholic men and women religious orders in the U.S., and got responses over a four-month period from 385, or just below 50 percent. To read the National Catholic Reporter article, click here.

Joan Chittister speaking at Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Presentation:

“Sister Joan, I consider you a national treasure,” is how a woman in the audience prefaced her question following Joan Chittister’s presentation at Chautauqua Institution on Monday, July 30. In addition to a large overflow audience at the Hall of Philosophy, the talk was streamed into a packed Hall of Christ raising the estimated audience to 2,000. A sustained standing ovation followed her presentation that outlined the present perilous moral state of the world, especially the United States, the reasons why we are in this predicament, and the work needed to restore right relationships.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
9 New Videos

A couple months ago Joan Chittister was interviewed in Erie by the staff of Interior Mythos Journeys, an online educational effort to articulate and explore the one mythology that unites all creation. Sister Joan’s lengthy interview, “In the Alley Behind the House” is now available in full length (1 hour 22 minutes). Click here. For those who prefer a shorter format, the interview is divided into nine brief modules. Benetvision will be posting one of the modules each week for the next nine weeks on Sister Joan’s website. To view the first one, “The Magnet,” click here.

Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Aug 19, 2018

A Word from Joan

A Little Rule For Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality
Aug 13, 2018
A Little Rule For Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality by Joan Chittister

Chapter 33

Monastics and Private Ownership

All things should be the common possession of all
‘so that no one possesses ownership
of anything.’” RB

Spirituality Resources

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

New from Joan Chittister

Introductory sale through August 31—$7.95

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.

We Are All One: Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Other
We Are All One: Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Other
New book from Joan Chittister

“This simple little book,” says Joan Chittister, “touches on four elements of mindfulness that account for all the angst in our society right now—moral maturity, spiritual witness, personal greatness, and universal kinship. These are the things that determine whether we go through life as part of its solution or part of the weight on its progress.”

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

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.