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BBC Interview

Posted: Jan 17, 2017

An interview with Joan Chittister by BBC journalist Clare Balding for her radio show Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding was broadcast on January 15, 2017 from London. The 40-minute interview, part of the BBC Religion and Ethics Department, includes discussion on faith development, equality in the church and topics from Sister Joan’s recent books. Click here to listen. (Interview begins at 1:27:00.)

Joan's most recent column in NCR

Posted: Jan 9, 2017

New NCR column from Joan Chittister, "The real electoral problem may lie within us”. Click here to read it.

BEST BOOK OF 2016

Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister
Posted: Jan 9, 2017

Spirituality & Health Magazine named Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister one of its Best Books of 2016, calling it “a favorite guide for walking the seeker’s path.” The six books chosen were listed in the January/February 2017 issue. The review notes: “…(a) deceptively simple set of lessons that our animal companions can teach us about living in this crowded world.”

White House Meeting

Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Nov 23, 2016

Joan Chittister is one of a small group of religious leaders invited to Against Hatred, a special interfaith event at the White House on Monday, Nov. 28. The conference will discuss the upsurge of hostility, prejudice and division in the nation and explore ways to deal with these issues and build greater harmony and tolerance as faith leaders. The meeting is convened by the American Jewish Heritage, through its intergroup and interreligious division, The Fund for a Better Tomorrow. It was joined by a personal invitation from Dr. James Forbes Jr, President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation and for many years Senior Minister at Riverside Church, in New York City.

Spirit of Thanksgiving

Posted: Nov 23, 2016

In her latest online column for the National Catholic Reporter, Joan Chittister explains what she’s thankful for. Click here.

French Interview

Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Nov 21, 2016

The national Catholic newspaper of France, La Croix, interviewed Joan Chittister as part of a 10-page post U.S. election piece. Here is how it referenced Sister Joan in the article:

"This is a black day for all those who believe in a society where the poor are honored, respected and supported,” says Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine, and writer. For Sister Chittister, Donald Trump’s election is part of a much broader societal upheaval. “We are in a period of history where change—new technology, the arrival of thousands of immigrants, societal changes around the family, are too fast to absorb for older generations and the poor. Many want to return to the America they knew in the 1950s. Faced with the fear of inevitable change, we must adapt to a pluralistic society where governments have failed to manage these changes,“ suggests the nun.

In the request for the interview, the editor of La Croix wrote, “In France we are absolutely astonished by the election of Donald Trump,” the editor wrote, “….and we would be very interested in interviewing Sister Joan to give us her reaction and her message in this particular context.”

A Life Well-lived

Spirit of Mary Magdalene Award to Joan Chittister
Posted: Nov 10, 2016

The Call to Action Western Washington group in Olympia chose Joan Chittister for its annual Spirit of Mary Magdalene Award. In its presentation, the group noted that since the inception of this award, the liturgy used for the award ceremony was adapted from Sister Joan’s chapter on Mary Magdalene from her book, A Passion for Life.

Don't Miss this Article in NCR

Posted: Nov 10, 2016

“This election, it seemed to me, was a tiger it was impossible to ride. Chaos, name-calling, dark accusations and groundless exaggerations claimed the day… Data, plans, platform, and decency had all left the field. Instead, this election was about decency. But indecency was its very essence,“ wrote Joan Chittister in her most recent online column for National Catholic Reporter. To read, click here.

Reader's Retreat

Posted: Oct 24, 2016

Participants who attended the 12th Annual Reader’s Retreat with Joan Chittister held at Peek n’ Peak, Findley Lake, NY, October 8-10 met Sister Joan's pet bird, Lady. The book for this year's retreat was Two Dogs and a Parrot which features Lady. They had this to say about the experience:
The actual experience of reading, listening, and discussing with Joan and the group of mostly women was both safe and healing. —Tracy
I feel as if I have refocused my spiritual life. Most helpful to me is the reassurance and direction given, reminding me that I need to give outside myself for the greater good.—Katie

Print & Audio of Interview with Sister Joan

Sister Joan Chittister
Posted: Oct 6, 2016

“You wear so many hats—spiritual leader, speaker, activist—but let’s talk about your role as an author first. Has the practice of writing deepened your sense of spirituality?” is the first question asked in this interview with Joan Chittister that appears in the online newsletter of the United Church Observer. The interview, conducted by Nancy Fornasiero, includes print and audio responses from Sister Joan. Click here.