Joan Chittister Archive

Life must be lived forward but we can only understand it backwards...
an archive holds the key to the imagination that drove [the work] it preserves
and the results that evolved. An archive exposes the lighthouse
and the hermit cave where old ideas are kept and new ideas can begin.   —Joan Chittister

Sister Joan’s archive is a collaborative effort of Pennsylvania State University, Mercyhurst University and Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. “This three-way partnership that we share with Mercyhurst and Penn State is a unique way to present and share Joan’s achievements with a broad audience,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. “Nothing could please us more than to bring this dream to fruition and to celebrate the giftedness of a woman we call sister ─ a woman who embodies a vision of peace and justice that inspires and challenges all of us to do the same."

Joan Chittister
Joan Chittister graduates from Penn State

Penn State

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State is the chief repository of Sister Joan's material. A formal dedication of the Joan Chittister archives was held at Penn State, October 14-15, 2015.

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Joan D. Chittister Archive collaboration includes Penn State

Archive opens in honor of Sister Joan D. Chittister

Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister
Viewing the giant screen at the Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister

Mercyhurst University

The Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister is a permanent archive room at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, which is Joan Chittister's first alma mater. The room includes a 70-inch interactive screen on which visitors can read Chittister’s blogs, access some of her 50 books and watch videos of speeches she has delivered around the world. An annual Joan Chittister lecture series is also hosted by Mercyhurst University.

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Sister Joan Chittister Archive

Mercyhurst University opens Joan Chittister archive

Anne Wambach, OSB, and Joan Chittister
Anne Wambach, OSB, and Joan Chittister

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA have also dedicated a permanent archive room at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery with access to her books, articles and memorabilia for study, research, enrichment and inspiration.

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Announcing the Joan D. Chittister Archive

Dedication of the Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister, OSB