Whats New

15th Annual Retreat

Joan Chittister, 2018 Readers Retreat
Posted: Oct 15, 2018

“I love the intensity and depth of this gathering. I love the way Joan keeps pushing your statements until you hear your own truth,” said Deanna Langle, Evanston, IL, a first-time participant in the 15th Annual Reader’s Retreat with Joan Chittister, held at the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel in Erie. About one-half of the 36 participants had attended a previous retreat. One of them, Karen Huiberts, London, Ontario, explained, “I keep coming back because it feeds me like no other experience. We can share our life experiences, however painful, because it’s a safe place.” Another returnee, Barbara Litrell, Sedona, AZ, said, “I keep returning because I need to get my spirit regenerated and I need to have all my positions challenged. Because of this retreat I’m going home more mindful of the imperative to keep asking questions.” Brian St. Clair, Redlands, CA, who attended with his wife, Aadila Sabat-St. Clair, was the only male participant. “This is my first reader’s retreat,” said Brian, “and it’s such a rare experience to come together with people who appreciate this depth of spirituality. Anytime we get an opportunity to pool our wisdom is both miracle and gift. And ‘miracle and gift’ describes this retreat.”

Special Guest

Joan Chittister and Theresa Kane
Posted: Oct 5, 2018

A surprise guest—Theresa Kane, RSM—attended Joan Chittister’s presentation at Saint Boniface Church, Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, Sept. 30. The women are longtime friends having each served as President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and, over the years, working together when disputes arose with the Vatican. Sister Joan spoke to capacity crowds at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, Long Island, on Friday evening and again in Brooklyn on Sunday.

A new column from Joan Chittister: For where you stand, stand up

John McCain's funeral
Posted: Sep 5, 2018

Sister Joan begins her latest From Where I Stand column by saying, "I haven't been writing much about the state of things in the United States these past months. From where I stand, there simply has been almost nothing really good to say. At least not about U.S. politics." A few paragraphs later, she writes, "Until the funeral …" You can read the entire column, posted on NCRonline, by clicking here.

Sister Joan interviewed by CNN on clergy sex abuse

Sister Joan interviewed by CNN on clergy sex abuse
Posted: Aug 25, 2018

Sister Joan Chittister was interviewed by CNN: Pope Francis' apologies are not enough, says author and nun Sister Joan Chittister: "It's one thing to sympathize with the victims. ... but it doesn't solve anything. We've been here before." Click here to see interview.

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