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Joan Chittister


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Explore what makes her a beloved and best-selling author, a soul-stirring speaker, and a gifted spiritual guide.


Five Minutes with Joan Chittister

Five Minutes with Joan

Word from Joan

Why give thanks

Nov 23, 2020

 “I learn by going where I have to go,” Theodore Roethke wrote. And that’s an important concept. All of life cannot be planned. Our life is God’s and gratitude is its key.
Giving thanks to God is good psychologically to keep our thoughts light and full of energy. It is not true, psychologists tell us, that we think the way we feel. On the contrary, we feel the way we think, and thoughts can be changed.
Giving thanks to God is good spiritually. That is the beginning of contemplation.

Songs of the Heart by Joan Chittister

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2020 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Appeal

Dear friends,

This, I hope, will be one of the stranger appeal letters you get from me. 

I realize that the word on the streets is that nothing will ever be the same after the pandemic. And I suppose, at one level, that's true. But at another level it's not.

There will always be prisons, I'm sure. But, God willing, not prisons like these that are developing now. The overcrowding—the lack of any kind of controlled personal space, let alone “social distancing”—is totally out of control. 

2021 Joan Chittister Calendar Cover

2021 Calendar Now Available

The Joan Chittister Calendar is always more than a simple date tracker or beautiful wall art. But for 2021 it's even more. Click here for more information and to order yours.

What's New

  • The National Catholic Reporter hosted a series of events with Catholic leaders during election week, including an invitation to five Catholic leaders—Joan Chittister being one of them—to write columns on the state of the union.

  • In a Facebook Live conversation, Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister and former NCR executive editor Tom Roberts talk about the state of the country and American politics and what might come next. In case you missed it, it’s still available: Video: Facebook Live with Joan Chittister on where we go from here.

  • In case you missed it, Joan Chittister was featured in the final event of Network Lobby's virtual Nuns on the Bus national tour, “Who We Elect Matters."

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About Joan

An outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality

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:

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