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Happenings in Ireland

Posted: Nov 4, 2019

On Saturday, Nov. 2, at Trinity College in Dublin, Sister Joan participated in a public conversation with Mary McAleese, the Past President of Ireland (1997-2011) who, earlier in the week had received the prestigious 2019 Alfons Auer Ethics Prize from the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Tubingen University in Germany. The Irish Times published a story about their conversation which you can read by clicking here. The public conversation in Dublin was organized to mark Dr. McAleese’s receipt of the award that has been presented biannually since 2015. McAleese, a canon lawyer, is due to publish a study on children’s rights in the Catholic Church’s 1983 code of canon law, based on her doctoral research, in November.

Intergenerational Wisdom

Posted: Oct 8, 2019

On October 18, Joan Chittister will be part of an intergenerational panel discussion at the Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Symposium, meeting with youth activist Natasha Wang Mwansa to discuss the future of humanitarian action. Maria Shriver will moderate the panel. You can sign up to receive notification in advance and watch live at this link.

Dear Joan Chittister Selected As Book of the Month

Posted: Oct 8, 2019

In preparation for Joan Chittister’s 2020 tour in Australia, Garratt Publishing has selected her latest book, Dear Sister Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church as its October Book of the Month. Click here to read the announcement.

New Book from Joan Chittister

Posted: Sep 16, 2019

In this groundbreaking book entitled Dear Joan: Conversations with Women in the Church, ten young women active in ministry within the church share their thoughts, aspirations, questions and desires with Sister Joan Chittister, a spiritual master and prophetic visionary who has long encouraged the gifts and voices of those too easily dismissed. The conversations unfold in a series of letters. Each letter writer shares an experience from her life ministry, and Joan then responds with affirmation and challenge. To order, click here.

National Older Adults Conference

Posted: Sep 13, 2019

Joan Chittister was the Keynote Speaker at the National Older Adults Conference, on September 3, 2019. This conference, held in Ashville, NC, was a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 50 and older who love learning and discerning together, exploring God’s call for their lives, and living out that call by sharing their energy, insight, and legacy with their families, communities, and the world. Sister Joan presented on the idea of the common good. All NOAC worship services and some special events, including Sister Joan’s presentation, were streamed over the internet live, and can also be accessed as streaming recordings at any time later. Click here to watch her.

In Conversation with Mary McAleese

Posted: Sep 13, 2019

Former Irish President Mary McAleese has been awarded the 2019 Alfons Auer Ethics Prize by the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Tübingen University, in recognition of her doctoral work on children’s rights in the Catholic Church’s 1983 code of canon law. In honor of this award, Joan Chittister and Dr. McAleese will have a public conversation at Trinity College, Dublin, on November 2. Click here to read more.

No Neutrality

Posted: Aug 26, 2019

In a guest blog that appeared on the Patheos website, “Sometimes Following Jesus Means NOT Being Neutral,” Marilyn Matevia, administrative assistant in the bishop’s office of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), quoted from The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister. Click here to read the blog.

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.”