Joan Chittister Archive
Life must be lived forward but we can only understand it backwards...
an archive holds the key to the imagination that drove [the work] it preserves
and the results that evolved. An archive exposes the lighthouse
and the hermit cave where old ideas are kept and new ideas can begin. —Joan Chittister
Sister Joan’s archive is a collaborative effort of Penn State University, Mercyhurst University and Mount St. Benedict Monastery. “This three-way partnership that we share with Mercyhurst and Penn State is a unique way to present and share Joan’s achievements with a broad audience,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. “Nothing could please us more than to bring this dream to fruition and to celebrate the giftedness of a woman we call sister ─ a woman who embodies a vision of peace and justice that inspires and challenges all of us to do the same."