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Make America, America Again

Statue of Liberty
Posted: Jun 5, 2017

In Sister Joan's most recent NCR column she writes, "There's a pall hanging over the country these days. And it's everywhere. It colors every news article, of course....Worse, the depression infects our spiritual DNA, as well: What is truth anymore? What is fact now?" Click here to read the entire post which ends with a quote from Dorothy Day: "No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do."

Online Excerpt from Radical Spirit

Posted: Jun 5, 2017

An excerpt from Joan Chittister’s new book, Radical Spirit, printed in the May/June issue of Spirituality & Health is now available online. Click here to read.

NCR Column: Potential Loss of Democracy

Joan Chittister
Posted: May 23, 2017

Joan's most recent column in NCR,entitled "The Nuclear Option and the Potential Loss of Democracy," begins with these words: Don't be confused. This column is not about the Supreme Court. This column is about leadership of the democratic system. And its lack. In the Senate. Click here to read it in its entirety.

Faith & Reason

Sister Joan Chittister speaking to an audience in Erie, PA
Posted: May 22, 2017

Moyers & Company recently asked Joan Chittister to expand on a quote from her 2004 interview with Bill Moyers on what it means to be pro-life in the context of 2017 events. To read her statements, picked up by many online media outlets, click here.

Simple Grace

Simple GRACE highlights Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister
Posted: May 16, 2017

Featured in the June issue of simple GRACE, on sale now, is a short and inspirational description of Joan's new book, Radical Spirit. This is what it says: Celebrated nun and progressive social justice and women's rights activist, Sister Joan Chittister offers an actionable guide to finding freedom from pain. Centered on 12 rules inspired by ancient Christian teachings, the book shows how to chase away inner fears and tension by surrendering to God. Readers discover how to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord and live fully.
To purchase the book, click here.

Joan Chittister Lecture Series at Mercyhurst University

Joan Chittister and Cokie Roberts at Mercyhurst University
Posted: Apr 26, 2017

"Sister Joan Chittister and political commentator and author Cokie Roberts shared the stage Tuesday evening at Mercyhurst University’s D’Angelo Performing Arts Center for “In Conversation,″ the school’s annual presentation of the Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series. They shared jokes with a capacity crowd of more than 800, talked about events that shaped their lives and delved into thought-provoking discussion on a number of high-profile issues," wrote Ron Leonardi in an article posted in the Erie Times News the day after the event. To read the entire post, see photos and watch a video of Joan and Cokie, click here.

Radical Book

Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister
Posted: Apr 20, 2017

An interview with Joan Chittister on her new book, Radical Spirit, is available on the Religious New Service website. It begins this way:

(RNS) Sister Joan Chittister opens her latest book with the story of Abba Zosimas, a fifth-century monk in Palestine.Abba Zosimas taught his followers, “The soul has as many masters as it has passions.” Chittister wants her readers to look “gently, kindly but clearly” at those masters and passions in their lives. For the popular activist and author, freedom from those things comes from living out the 12 degrees of humility found in the Rule of St. Benedict, which guides her life as a Benedictine nun. And they’re just as applicable today as they were 1,500 years ago, as she explains in ”Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life,” which will be published April 25 by Convergent.

To read the entire interview, click here.

Normalization of Insanity

Women's March
Posted: Apr 7, 2017

“Preposterous proposals of legislation are beginning to be treated as normal, to be considered doable, to be thought desirable, to be accepted as moral,” writes Sister Joan in her most recent article published by NCR. Click here to read it in its entirety.

Is Unity Possible?

Posted: Mar 17, 2017

In her latest column published by NCR, "Is There Anything Left In Which We Can Believe?", Sister Joan challenges us with another question: Is unity really possible in the United States at a time of apparently unremitting partisanship? Click here to read the article and ponder her questions and suggestions for action.

Believe It or Not

Joan Chittister wins swimming challenge.
Posted: Feb 27, 2017

You can add one more kudos to Joan Chittister’s resume. From now on she may be introduced as “The woman who swam Lake Erie at the age of 80.” Sister Joan, who began swimming regularly at Erie’s downtown YMCA about 18 months ago, accepted the Y’s challenge to swim the equivalency of Lake Erie—23.75 miles—between January and April 2017. Sister Joan, who swam about 75 minutes a day, finished the challenge in 23 days and was awarded a T-shirt and a feature story on the local news. Click here to view.