Cruise to Cuba with Joan Chittister in 2018

Cruise to Cuba with Joan Chittister in 2018

Cruise to Cuba with Joan Chittister February 2-9, 2018. Cruise itinerary includes Montego Bay, Jamaica and Santiago de Cuba, Havana and Cienfuegos, Cuba. Guest speakers are Sister Joan Chittister and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Regular registration due by October 5, 2017; after October 5 additional fees applied.

Complete details and registration are at Educational Opportunities Tours. Click here.

The God
of evolution is
the God of growth
rather than
the God of
law and judgment.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan Chittister after presentation in Boston

    Joan visits with participants after her presentation at Sacred Threads in Boston, MA, on July 13.

  • Tinamarie Stolz and Joan Chittister

    Tinamarie Stolz, the 2017 Joan Chittister intern, with Joan

  • 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.

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

The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
The Gift of Years

Ellen Ratner, a noted news analyst and author, recently came to Erie to interview Joan Chittister, after reading her book The Gift of Years. Click here to listen to their conversation.

Joan Chittister preaching
Joan Chittister, The Play

The one woman play about Joan Chittister’s work, and its relevance for all women, was recently performed in Morristown, New Jersey. Written and performed by Teri Bays, whose mother was a childhood friend of Sister Joan, the play deals with Joan’s life as well the universal experiences of women. The first performance occurred on August 4th, 2017, in Sedona, Arizona, with another occurring on Aug. 25 in Flaggstaff, AZ. On September 15th and 18th, Bays performed it in New Jersey. Click here to read the review.

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
12 Steps Book Review

Now and then a book review “gets it,” really understands the essence of the author’s intent. Such is the case with this review by Alexander Steward of Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister, which appeared in the Englewood Review of Books. To read the review, click here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

Silence is not for its own sake
Sep 18, 2017
Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister

The silence of the heart, that deep-down awareness of what we’re thinking and why, is our monk’s cell. It’s in that place of total honesty where we come to realize who we ourselves really are. We learn there what we fear and what we are resisting. We hear there the voices we so commonly block out with noise that seduces us to give in to ourselves.

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

2018 Joan Chittister Calendar AND Bookmarks
Joan Chittister 2018 Calendar

Throughout history there have been fiery trail-blazing women who spoke their truth and changed history. And the 2018 Joan Chittister Calendar honors 12 of them. Insightful and inspiring quotes from Sister Joan echo the wisdom of such luminaries as Fannie Lou Hamer, Joan of Arc, Four Women Martyrs of El Salvador, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Carson… Artist Marcy Hall (2016 Joan Chittister calendar) returns with her vibrant, whimsical yet deeply reflective paintings that capture the essence of each of these remarkable women.

BONUS GIFT INCLUDED: In this year’s calendar there is a two-page tear-out that contains a 3.5"x4.25" bookmark of each of the monthly paintings and quotes with a brief biography of the featured women on the reverse side. Presto! Cut them apart and you have a calendar and a small gift to send to 12 friends.

ALSO AVAILABLE: We have made the set of 12 bookmarks available for purchase apart from the calendar. Printed on sturdy cardstock, each 3.5"x4.25" card features the same quotes as the calendar pages and on the reverse is a short biography of each woman.

Cruise to Cuba 2018

Cruise to Cuba with Joan Chittister February 2-9, 2018. Cruise itinerary includes Montego Bay, Jamaica and Santiago de Cuba, Havana and Cienfuegos, Cuba. Guest speakers are Sister Joan Chittister and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Regular registration due by October 5, 2017; after October 5 additional fees applied.

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.