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Joan Chittister at the 4th World Congress of Oblates
Posted: Nov 13, 2017

On November 7th, Joan Chittister spoke at the 4th International Oblate Congress in Rome, Italy, on the role of oblates in spreading the Benedictine charism throughout the world. The text of her speech is available at the Monasteries of the Heart website. Click here.

Special Television Show

Joan Chittister and Oprah Winfrey
Posted: Oct 31, 2017

Joan Chittister is one of the guests featured in a special edition of Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. In the broadcast, Oprah presents her new book, The Wisdom of Sundays, through an episode filled with clips of her most memorable “aha moments” from “Super Soul Sunday” throughout the years. Sister Joan is one of the interviews highlighted in the book and in this special television show. Click here to connect to the book's website and here to view the TV episode.

Holy Land Cruise

Joan Chittister, OSB in Athens
Posted: Oct 30, 2017

“The tour has been stunning—Greece, especially, is such a place of beauty and style, history and simplicity,” wrote Sister Joan after completing her time as guest lecturer on a 12-day Lands of the Bible Cruise. The tour included visits to Greece, Turkey and the Holy Land. Sister Joan, who lectured on the five-major religions, concluded, “These Educational Opportunity cruises are soul-stretching. We talked about the nature of religion on the way to Athens and climbed to the top of the Acropolis when we got there. The education and the experience simply melt into one.”

In Oprah's Book

Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
Posted: Oct 23, 2017

Three selections from Joan Chittister’s appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s "Super Soul Sunday" in 2015 appear in a new book, The Wisdom of Sundays (Macmillan). (Click here to link to publisher.) The book, a collection of “life-changing insights from Super Soul conversations,” is divided into ten sections and introduced with a personal essay by Oprah. All proceeds from sales will go to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

Athena Award

Athena Award
Posted: Oct 13, 2017

Joan Chittister received the Athena Leadership Award at a luncheon Thursday, October 12. This award comes from the city of Erie’s chapter of the international Athena organization, which is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. Sister Joan told the crowd of nearly 300 that gains have been made, but equality is still a long way off as long as women face violence, harassment, and the wage gap. “She has spoken out for women all over the world on behalf of peace, women’s issues, church renewal and human rights,” said Linda Stevenson, Athena PowerLink chairwoman and Athena Erie founder. “Her willingness to take on anybody in defense of women’s and humans’ rights exemplifies the courageous acts and fierce advocacy that is at the center of the Athena leadership model.” Sister Joan said she was honored to accept the award and thrilled by the energy of the women and men in the room.

Click here to view a news report of the luncheon.

Joan Chittister, Fearlessly Faithful

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Oct 6, 2017

We live in times that call for great boldness, courage, compassion and mindfulness. To meet the challenge, Omega Institute has gathered some of the country’s most fearless voices, including Joan Chittister, for a three-day live streamed event, Being Fearless, Oct. 13-15. Sister Joan will speak Friday evening on the topic, “What It Means to be Fearlessly Faithful: New Prophets for a New World.” The cost of the event is only $5. For an overview of the event, click here and watch the video. To register, click here.

The Gift of Years

The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
Posted: Sep 18, 2017

Ellen Ratner, a noted news analyst and author, recently came to Erie to interview Joan Chittister, after reading her book The Gift of Years. Click here to listen to their conversation.

Joan Chittister, The Play

Joan Chittister preaching
Posted: Aug 23, 2017

The one woman play about Joan Chittister’s work, and its relevance for all women, was recently performed in Morristown, New Jersey. Written and performed by Teri Bays, whose mother was a childhood friend of Sister Joan, the play deals with Joan’s life as well the universal experiences of women. The first performance occurred on August 4th, 2017, in Sedona, Arizona, with another occurring on Aug. 25 in Flaggstaff, AZ. On September 15th and 18th, Bays performed it in New Jersey. Click here to read the review.

12 Steps Book Review

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Posted: Aug 21, 2017

Now and then a book review “gets it,” really understands the essence of the author’s intent. Such is the case with this review by Alexander Steward of Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister, which appeared in the Englewood Review of Books. To read the review, click here.

Catholic Women Preach

Sister Joan Chittister at the podium
Posted: Aug 4, 2017

For a new interpretation of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, listen to Joan Chittister on Catholic Women Preach. Sister Joan’s comments are now posted on this new website, which features theological reflection on the Scripture readings of the day by leading female scholars and other women engaged in gospel work in countries around the world. Click here.