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Joan Chittister


Passion for God

Passion for justice

Passion for life

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

Weekly Word from Sister Joan

Softening our hearts

Feb 28, 2021

Some old men came to see Abba Poemen, and said to him: “Tell us, when we see brothers dozing during the sacred office, should we pinch them so they will stay awake?” The old man said to them: “Actually, if I saw a brother sleeping, I would put his head on my knees and let him rest.”

In God's Holy Light by Joan Chittister

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What's New

  • Joan Chittister will address the over 600 women and men serving with the Ignatian Volunteer Corp (IVC) on prophetic spirituality for our current time and the courage needed for the national challenges we face.

  • In her latest NCR column, “Thanks, President Trump, I Learned a Lot From You,” Joan Chittister writes, “I had a mother who assiduously insisted that there was something to be learned in everything….  That's where I am now.

  • It’s not often that someone reads one of Joan Chittister’s books and is inspired to write one of their own. But that’s what happened to grandmother Dee Lorenz. The very active 87-year-old found herself curtailed by COVID-19 and remembered what she had read in Sister Joan’s book, The Gift of Years. “In it she says that we have an obligation to share what we know,” Lorenz said.

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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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Discover the power of Joan Chittister writing in her dozens of books.

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