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Women Preachers

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Apr 2, 2018

Joan Chittister was one of the women interviewed in a special feature, “In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene,” that appeared in the Erie Times-News on Easter Sunday. To read the article by Dana Massing, click here.

Let's Do Justice

A Little Child Shall Lead Them
Posted: Mar 19, 2018

"A Little Child Shall Lead Them," Joan Chittister's most recent NCRonline column, draws attention to the significance of the student led demonstrations to stop gun violence. To read her "From Where I Stand" message, click here.

Commentary on Papacy

Pope Franicis
Posted: Mar 12, 2018

Joan Chittister is one of the contributors to “Francis at Five Years” a National Catholic Reporter feature series, marking the 5th anniversary of the Pope’s election. To read Sister Joan’s column, “Francis invites change, but we are the change,” click here.

Radical Spirit Honored

Radical Spirit:12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Posted: Mar 5, 2018

Spirituality & Health Magazine named Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister as one the best books of 2017. In its January/February 2018 issue, the editors chose eleven books noting, “Look to these exceptional titles as guidance to navigate your way through the joys and heartbreaks of this one precious life.”

NBC Today Show

Joan and Maria Shriver
Posted: Feb 28, 2018

Maria Shriver shared how Joan Chittister and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie helped change her opinion of power while being interviewed on the NBC Today Show, Tuesday, Feb. 27. Shriver, who was being interviewed about her new book, I’ve Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life, was asked to comment on the chapter, “What I Learned About Power from a Community of Nuns.” In that chapter, Shriver recounts her second visit to Erie, and notes that her experience with her friend Sister Joan and the community helped her realize that true power “comes from values, from beliefs, from purpose, from within.”

To view the five-minute TV interview, click here.

To purchase the book, click here.

Faith and Reason Seminar

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Joan Chittister is one of nine scholars featured in a seminar called “A Prospect of a World Community of Religions,” which is now available for purchase online. The seminar was developed by Faith and Reason, an organization whose mission is “to promote critical thinking about historical and traditional Christianity and its relationship with other religious traditions, and to inspire individuals to recognize the injustices in society and to work for social and economic change.” The seminar draws on presentations made by Sister Joan, as well as scholars like Phyllis Tickle, John Dominic Crossan and Walter Brueggemann..” Click here to purchase the course.

Radical Spirit Named One of the Best Books of 2017

Posted: Feb 13, 2018

"There is no one on the planet who is better qualified or more capable of discerning and sharing the multiple meanings of the Rule of St. Benedict," Spirituality and Practice wrote of Joan Chittister, in its review of her latest book, Radical Spirit. Last week, Spirituality and Practice declared Radical Spirit one of the 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2017, along with titles by Anne Lamott, the Dalai Lama, and Rami Shapiro. Click here for the full review, and here for the list of all fifty Best Spiritual Books of 2017.

Radical Spirit is available for purchase here.

Cuba Cruise

Sister Joan in Cuba
Posted: Feb 9, 2018

“Cuba is a country of mixed races—where race is not the problem. But the US trade embargo is,” Sister Joan wrote about her recent cruise through Cuba, Feb. 2—9. Though she gave a series of lectures during the cruise, there was plenty of time to visit the beautiful country itself. Here she rests by a statue of Chopin.

Three Articles

Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
Posted: Feb 9, 2018

Joan Chittister’s writings were highlighted in three recent articles:

•In Texas, a columnist in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper wrote about Sister Joan’s book, The Gift of Years. Click here.

•In the Oklahoman News Ok, a columnist used Sister Joan’s advice to help navigate mid-life turbulence. Click here.

•In the online Global Sisters Report, Margaret Gonsalves, a member of Sisters for Christian Community, quotes Joan Chittister concerning the demise of religious life in an article titled, “Life consecrated, not religious.” Click here.

Women on Fire

Radical Spirit:12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Posted: Feb 1, 2018

Joan Chittister was chosen by Women on Fire, an organization that provides inspiration, support, and strategies for women from all walks of life, to launch its 2018 program. Included in the program was an hour-long podcast interview with Sister Joan on Radical Spirit: How to Find Peace and Happiness in the New Year, the choice of Radical Spirit as the January 2018 Women on Fire Book To Live By, and the sending of a packet to all its members containing a printed copy of the interview. The group’s founder, Debbie Phillips, explained why she wanted Sister Joan on the program: “More than 15 years ago, my best friend, Jan Allen, and I attended a business and spirituality conference in New York City. That was back when the idea that we were a whole person when we went to work and not just one focused only on work was somewhat of a revelation. ‘Business’ and ‘spirituality’ were not often found in the same sentence. The speaker of many on the stage that day who dazzled us was Sister Joan Chittister. In fact, 15 years later, Sister Joan is the only speaker I even remember because she so profoundly opened our hearts and challenged our minds. She invited us into a deeper and broader conversation to expand humanity. She truly was and is a Woman on Fire.” For more information about Women on Fire, click here.