2019 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal

The 2019 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal is underway. Click here to read Sister Joan's letter about the special "paper hearts" made from Joan Chittister calendars: "The women (in prison) got so involved in “giving away their hearts” that they asked to learn how to fold them and then, taught others. Next, they were inspired to write a name, a prayer, or a prayer intention on the paper strips before folding them. Prayerful message hearts!" Here's a how-to video if you want to make paper hearts...and, please give now.

New eCourse with Joan Chittister at Spirituality and Practice

Benedictine Spirituality
Does the 1500-year-old Rule of Benedict of Nursia have anything to say to the modern world? Yes, for sure it does — in fact, sometimes it seems like it has never been more relevant.

In this one-month e-course, Joan Chittister offers 12 brief audio teachings on aspects of Benedictine spirituality with accompanying written reflections to guide you into a new way of seeing and living. Her practical and inspiring commentary reveals how the Rule can transform both the individual and our world just like it did centuries ago.

eCourse runs Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 31. More information and registration at Spirituality and Practice.

With joy,
everything
is possible.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference.

  • Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

    Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

  • Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

    Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

  • Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference in Mesa, AZ

Joan Chittister is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality — especially for women world-wide — and has been one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than 30 years.

On this website you can explore what makes her a beloved and best-selling author, a soul-stirring speaker, and a gifted spiritual guide.

Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, has dedicated her life to voicing questions that test popularly accepted truths of the day. Her questions to both church and society focus on the empowerment of women, the development of contemporary spirituality, a redefinition and renewal of Benedictine life for seekers today, and justice for the oppressed and marginalized, particularly those in prison. Here are four Good Works that reflect her life commitments:

What's New

Joan Chittister Quoted in Katie Gordon Article

Katie Gordon, the 2019 Joan Chittister Intern and soon-to-be Monasteries of the Heart staff member, references Joan Chittister in an article that appeared in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin (Autumn/Winter 2019). “Beyond the Nones” discusses the search of many millennials for contemplation and spirituality that is drawing them to the monastic charism, but not necessarily institutional religions. Katie, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School in 2019, is a national organizer with Nuns & Nones.

National Catholic Reporter Column on Bias

The National Catholic Reporter published a column by Joan Chittister last week. “There's not much to be learned from those who agree with us,” she writes. “…Only the bias of openness to every dimension of life, to human needs and human concerns, to human institutions and human participation in them, can possibly enable us to grow in a world such as we now face.” To read the rest of the piece, click here.

NCR Column on Bias

The National Catholic Reporter recently published a column by Joan Chittister. “There's not much to be learned from those who agree with us,” she writes. “…Only the bias of openness to every dimension of life, to human needs and human concerns, to human institutions and human participation in them, can possibly enable us to grow in a world such as we now face.” To read the rest of the piece, click here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Dec 8, 2019

A Word from Joan

Hope is not for easy times
Dec 9, 2019

Hope is a thin and slippery thing, sorely tested and hard to come by in this culture. We have seen the social fabric of the country rent, not only by others but even by our own hands. We have sold violence and defended violence for years. We have cut back on social programs and increased our military spending on Neanderthal weaponry that wounds the national infrastructure and gives little or no security. We have substituted power for hope and found ourselves powerless. We feel hopeless.

Spirituality Resources

2020 Joan Chittister Calendar
2020 Joan Chittister Calendar

"Mary of Nazareth made feminism an article of the faith, and power holy. Mary shows us the sanctifying power of a human being who has become fully human," writes Joan Chittister in the introduction to her 2020 Calendar that features contemporary and culturally-varied Marian paintings by Brother Mickey McGrath.

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage
The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister

world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times.

What Are You Looking For?
What Are You Looking For? by Joan Chittister

Optimistic yet realistic, What Are You Looking For? is a word of encouragement for anyone who feels called deeper into life with God and others.

The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise with Joan Chittister
The Enchanting Rhine with Joan Chittister

NEW River Cruise with Sister Joan: Nine days in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands, October 18-26, 2020. You will visit places like the Rhine River Gorge, Cologne, Germany, and Strasbourg, France and hear conferences by Sister Joan. Click here for more information. Please enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form.