Nothing will bring
world peace faster
than the opening
of our lives to
cultures and
religions unlike ours.
—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

Intergenerational Wisdom

On October 18, Joan Chittister will be part of an intergenerational panel discussion at the Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Symposium, meeting with youth activist Natasha Wang Mwansa to discuss the future of humanitarian action. Maria Shriver will moderate the panel. You can sign up to receive notification in advance and watch live at this link.

Dear Joan Chittister Selected As Book of the Month

In preparation for Joan Chittister’s 2020 tour in Australia, Garratt Publishing has selected her latest book, Dear Sister Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church as its October Book of the Month. Click here to read the announcement.

New Book from Joan Chittister

In this groundbreaking book entitled Dear Joan: Conversations with Women in the Church, ten young women active in ministry within the church share their thoughts, aspirations, questions and desires with Sister Joan Chittister, a spiritual master and prophetic visionary who has long encouraged the gifts and voices of those too easily dismissed. The conversations unfold in a series of letters. Each letter writer shares an experience from her life ministry, and Joan then responds with affirmation and challenge. To order, click here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Oct 13, 2019

A Word from Joan

Be who you say you are
Oct 7, 2019
Radical Spirit: Twelve Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life

Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Gandhi could have been a Benedictine. Humility is about living an integrated life, a life in which each part is in harmony with every other dimension. What we think, what we say, and the way we go about life cannot be well lived when they are in opposition to one another. When, in fact, they simply cancel one another out, there is no integrity left to any of them.

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.