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Quotes of Note

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister
Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Graça Machel, the former first lady of Mozambique and South Africa who spoke in Kenya recently, began a newspaper interview by quoting the title of Joan Chittister’s new book, The Time Is Now. Click here.
In an online opinion piece titled, "The structural violence of the Catholic Church," that appeared in the Journal Standard, Freeport, IL, author Stacy Morrissey concluded her article with a quote from Joan Chittister. Click here.
Appearing in the The Republic, Columbus, Indiana, was a column by staff member John Brooks that referred to Joan Chittister’s commentary on the Rule of Benedict, Spirituality for the 21st Century. Click here.

More from Australia

Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Aug 6, 2019

Sister Patty Fawkner, the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, a Benedictine based order in Australia, wrote this challenging op-piece on her community’s website. Click here.

The Australian media continues to keep on the front burner the story of Joan Chittister being disinvited by the Archbishop of Melbourne from speaking at a national Catholic education conference in September 2020. Click here for the latest story.

50th Anniversary

Sister Joan at Special Olympics Anniversary
Posted: Aug 6, 2019

“Sister Joan was on fire last weekend and made a great weekend spectacular,” said Kim Widdess Shriver. She was referring to the July 18-20 weekend at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port where Sister Joan presided over the opening ecumenical prayer service and gave the invocation at the closing dinner that ended the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. “My mother (Eunice Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics) loved that woman,” said Maria Shriver, pointing to Sister Joan at the dinner celebration, “and now you see why.”

Radicals and the Rule

Sister Joan and Teresa Forcades
Posted: Aug 6, 2019

The Women's Ordination Conference is hosting “Radicals and The Rule,” a conversation between Benedictine Sisters Joan Chittister and Teresa Forcades on the evening of October 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. WOC’s website reads, “These radical sisters follow the Rule of Benedict - but they're not afraid to challenge other rules. This will be the first encounter between these Catholic feminist sheroes—you won't want to miss it!” For more information, click here.

Down Under News

Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Jul 29, 2019

Click here to read an article about Sister Joan that appeared in the Australian media and didn’t mention that she had been disinvited to speak in at a national Catholic educators conference in September 2020 because Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne had not endorsed the invitation. Instead, the author, Andrew Hamilton, gives a synopsis of the 12 columns on humility that she recently wrote for the National Catholic Reporter and concludes: “In her reflections, as in her life, Joan Chittister demonstrates that she lives in the Catholic tradition, has studied it deeply, and goes out to others to invite them to draw on its resources.”

Writer-in-Residence

Jessie Pagna and Sister Joan
Posted: Jul 28, 2019

Jessica Pagan, the first participant in the Joan Chittister Writer-in-Residence Program, was with us for a month, June 29—July 28. Jessie had just completed the first year of her Masters in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School when she arrived. While living at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery she concentrated on a writing project of her own design, which she hopes to develop into her Masters thesis. She drew on Sister Joan’s body of work in her writing.

Reflections on 2019 Joan Chittister Institute

2019 Joan Chittister Institute
Posted: Jul 22, 2019

If it is true that learning is not so much about obtaining new facts as it is discovering new ways of thinking about them, then it can be safely said that no one has consistently impacted learning both within and outside our church more than Sister Joan Chittister. Her books, speeches, and events such as the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality held at the Benedictine Monastery in Erie, Pennsylvania from July 12 - 19, 2019, bear witness to her extraordinary gift as teacher, learner, prophet, and living prayer. To read more click here.

12th Step of Humility

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Posted: Jul 22, 2019

The 12th degree of humility goes directly to the core of the matter…to become humility itself,” is how Joan Chittister begins her next to the last online column in the National Catholic Reporter on the path to humility found in the Rule of Benedict. The series will conclude in two weeks with a final recap. To discover what it looks to be “humility itself,” click here.

NCR Column on Humility

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Posted: Jul 8, 2019

Saint Benedict’s 11th step of humility calls us to speak “gently and without laughter, seriously and with becoming modesty, briefly and reasonably, but without raising our voices.” What does this have to do with us? See Joan Chittister’s column in the National Catholic Reporter, here to find out.

Soul Sister

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage
Posted: Jul 8, 2019

Joan Chittister’s hour-long interview on Soul Sister Conversations is available now. Click here. The podcast focuses on Sister Joan’s new book, The Time is Now, and on the women’s issue—how do women find their voices, why is it important that they do, what about women in the church?.... “I love her fierceness,” wrote Dana Lloyd when requesting the interview with Sister Joan. Lloyd, along with Elaine Shannon, conduct Soul Sister Conversations, a podcast that inspires and empowers people to connect more soulfully to themselves by sharing insights on topics of spirituality, joy, and leadership.