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Women Deacons

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Aug 13, 2018

Joan Chittister was cited as a person whose writings most influenced the thinking of respondents to a recent study released by CARA on ordaining women deacons in the Catholic Church. The study surveyed all 777 leaders of Catholic men and women religious orders in the U.S., and got responses over a four-month period from 385, or just below 50 percent. To read the National Catholic Reporter article, click here.

Chautauqua Presentation:

Joan Chittister speaking at Chautauqua Institution
Posted: Aug 6, 2018

“Sister Joan, I consider you a national treasure,” is how a woman in the audience prefaced her question following Joan Chittister’s presentation at Chautauqua Institution on Monday, July 30. In addition to a large overflow audience at the Hall of Philosophy, the talk was streamed into a packed Hall of Christ raising the estimated audience to 2,000. A sustained standing ovation followed her presentation that outlined the present perilous moral state of the world, especially the United States, the reasons why we are in this predicament, and the work needed to restore right relationships.

9 New Videos

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Jul 19, 2018

A couple months ago Joan Chittister was interviewed in Erie by the staff of Interior Mythos Journeys, an online educational effort to articulate and explore the one mythology that unites all creation. Sister Joan’s lengthy interview, “In the Alley Behind the House” is now available in full length (1 hour 22 minutes). Click here. For those who prefer a shorter format, the interview is divided into nine brief modules. Benetvision will be posting one of the modules each week for the next nine weeks on Sister Joan’s website. To view the first one, “The Magnet,” click here.

Special Guest

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Jul 9, 2018

Sister Joan Chittister has been invited to participate in a ceremony honoring her friend, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. A permanent Flame of Hope monument is being erected in Chicago on July 26, the location of the first international games in 1968. Prior to that event, the Kennedy family is lighting the eternal flame from the rays of the sun at the home of Joseph P. Kennedy in Hyannis Port and then transporting it to Chicago. Sister Joan has been invited to participate in the intimate Hyannis Port event and at a special graveside service for Eunice Shriver that will pay tribute to her struggle for inclusion and acceptance of all people who are different.

Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

Sister Joan and participants in the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality
Posted: Jul 2, 2018

Nine young women who are graduate students or recent graduates in divinity, theology, religious studies or related programs participated in a pilot “Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality: A Benedictine Feminist Option” from June 17-29 at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. How did it go? Let the following photos and comments speak for themselves: >>>Read more.

Podcast Interview

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Jun 25, 2018

Here is the direct link to Joan Chittister’s radio interview with Elaine Grohman on her show, Going Beyond Medicine. The podcast is titled, "One Woman’s Voice for Global Change." Click here

On the Road

Sister Joan speaks in Kalamazoo Michigan
Posted: Jun 11, 2018

​Joan Chittister spoke to a packed house on “Radical Spirit” at the Chenery auditorium in Kalamazoo, MI on Friday, June 1. She also met for an input session with the staff of the Fetzer Institute, co-sponsors, along with the Transformations Spirituality Center, of Sister Joan’s event.

New Book

We Are All One by Joan Chittister
Posted: May 11, 2018

We are One: Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Other is another in a series of small, but weighty books by Joan Chittister published by 23rd Publications. This is the seventh reflection book in the series, which began in 2009 with the publication of the best-selling, Breath of the Soul. The publishers write, “These powerful meditations, filled with wisdom gained from spiritual leaders who have inspired Sister Joan’s own thought, will inspire your own prayer and group sharing, leading you to the simple but profound truth: We are all one.”

Michigan Lecture

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: May 10, 2018

The Transformations Spirituality Center and Fetzer Institute are sponsoring a talk and book signing by Joan Chittister, at Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI, on Friday, June 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sister Joan will speak on the themes of her latest book, Radical Spirit. For more information, click here.

From Certainty to Faith

Joan Chittister and Breanna Mekuly at St. Norbert's College
Posted: Apr 23, 2018

The recent interview of Sister Joan Chittister by St. Norbert College aluma and former Joan Chittister intern, Breanna Mekuly, was in such demand that the Wisconsin college had it live-streamed. You can access the interview here, but fast-forward the first 28 minutes…then the program begins.
(L.to R: Bridget Burke Ravizza, organizer of event, Sister Joan, and Breanna)