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Millenial Celebration

Posted: Dec 10, 2018

1,000 years is a long time and to end a year-long millennial celebration of its founding (1018-2018), Buckfast Abbey in England published a book of essays by members of the Benedictine family that reflect on the future of monastic life. Joan Chittister contributed to the book, Monasticism Today, with an essay on the Monasteries of the Heart movement. To read a review of the book that appeared in The Catholic Herald, a London-based weekly newspaper, click here.

Boston Globe

Posted: Dec 10, 2018

In a Boston Globe opinion piece titled, “In a Troubling Time for Catholics, Thomas Keating was an inspiration,” Margery Eagan celebrates the Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer movement who died in November at the age of 95 as one of the figures that can give Catholics a badly needed “spiritual uplift. “ Joan Chittister is another person that the writer, who is cohost of WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio,” points to as a sign of hope. To read the article, click here.

COP 24

COP 24 in Katowice
Posted: Nov 27, 2018

Joan Chittister leaves this week to be be part of the Global Peace Initiative of Women delegation attending the Third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Dec. 3-8. She will be a dialogue participant in a panel: Interfaith Event “Finding Hope in a Time of Transition,” and will speak at the forum: “Uniting in Our Environmental Work: The Role of Women and Young People.” This conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement concluded in December 2015. Click here for more information.

Pre-order Book Now

The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister
Posted: Nov 16, 2018

In her new book, The Time Is Now: A Call for Uncommon Courage (Penguin Random House), Joan Chittister pleads with readers to reclaim their prophetic spirituality—a spirituality of awareness, of choice, of risk, of transformation. In doing so, “she draws on the wisdom of prophets—both ancient and modern—to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us and offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace and empowerment.” Release date: March 5, 2019. Click here to pre-order.

PBS Film

PBS Film Board
Posted: Nov 12, 2018

Award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and his crew interviewed Joan Chittister at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie, PA, on November 7, for a PBS documentary on Dorothy Day that they are producing through Journey Films. (Click here.) When Doblmeier asked Sister Joan how she would define Dorothy Day, she answered, “She was a firecracker that never goes out—everywhere she went she ‘blew up’ old and erroneous world views with new light and vision.”

We Stand Together

Pittsburgh Steelers Logo
Posted: Nov 12, 2018

Sister Joan attended Shabbat Services at the Erie Temple Anshe Hesed on Friday, November 2, to express solidarity with the Jewish community in its time of mourning following the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She joined over a hundred supporters who attended the prayer service, a movement organized by One Table, Erie’s interfaith, multicultural organization.

The iconic Pittsburgh Steeler logo was turned into a Jewish star to show solidarity after the synagogue shooting.

Cruise Speaker

Joan Chittister speaking on Azamara Cruise
Posted: Oct 29, 2018

Joan Chittister is currently the guest lecturer on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise—October 19 to 28—that follows the journeys of Saints Peter and Paul. Sister Joan is scheduled for a European river cruise in October 2019 with the same Azamara cruise company. Details coming soon.

Ohio Gathering

Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Oct 23, 2018

Nearly five hundred people came to Knox Presbyterian Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to hear Joan Chittister speak on Saturday, October 13. Sister Joan’s lecture drew from the Beatitudes and discussed the importance of seeking the common good, and it electrified the audience who heard her. One young man, for whom this was the first time seeing Sister Joan, described himself as “totally speechless and blown away,” as he left the church. He took home a copy of Radical Spirit, saying, “I want to learn more about how she understands society.” And a woman who had attended lectures by Sister Joan several times before Saturday explained that she keeps coming because, “I feel disgusted by the corruption and abuse in the Church, and I’ve really left organized religion. But what she says makes me just want to prostrate … she helps me see what’s sacred.”

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.