NEW BOOK from Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for women’s rights for over 50 years. Called “one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors” by Publishers Weekly, this rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment 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. 

Pairing scriptural insights with stirring narratives of the truth-tellers that came before us, Sister Joan offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and to propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment.

For the weary, the cranky, and the fearful, Sister Joan’s energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times. ORDER HERE

VIEW ADDITIONAL VIDEOS FROM SISTER JOAN ABOUT HER NEW BOOK.

Boredom is
the death
of the soul.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan with participants at the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

    Joan with participants at the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

  • Twenty-four participants engage in conversation at the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

    Twenty-four participants engage in conversation at the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

  • Participants listen at the 2019 Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

    Participants listen at the 2019 Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

  • Joan leads the discussion at the 2019 Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

    Joan leads the discussion at the 2019 Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

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

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

Graça Machel, the former first lady of Mozambique and South Africa who spoke in Kenya recently, began a newspaper interview by quoting the title of Joan Chittister’s new book, The Time Is Now. Click here.
In an online opinion piece titled, "The structural violence of the Catholic Church," that appeared in the Journal Standard, Freeport, IL, author Stacy Morrissey concluded her article with a quote from Joan Chittister. Click here.
Appearing in the The Republic, Columbus, Indiana, was a column by staff member John Brooks that referred to Joan Chittister’s commentary on the Rule of Benedict, Spirituality for the 21st Century. Click here.

Joan Chittister, OSB
More from Australia

Sister Patty Fawkner, the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, a Benedictine based order in Australia, wrote this challenging op-piece on her community’s website. Click here.

The Australian media continues to keep on the front burner the story of Joan Chittister being disinvited by the Archbishop of Melbourne from speaking at a national Catholic education conference in September 2020. Click here for the latest story.

Sister Joan at Special Olympics Anniversary
50th Anniversary

“Sister Joan was on fire last weekend and made a great weekend spectacular,” said Kim Widdess Shriver. She was referring to the July 18-20 weekend at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port where Sister Joan presided over the opening ecumenical prayer service and gave the invocation at the closing dinner that ended the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. “My mother (Eunice Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics) loved that woman,” said Maria Shriver, pointing to Sister Joan at the dinner celebration, “and now you see why.”


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Aug 18, 2019

A Word from Joan

Ah, sweet mystery of life
Aug 19, 2019
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister

Mystery is what happens to us when we allow life to evolve rather than having to make it happen all the time. It is the strange knock at the door, the sudden sight of an unceremoniously blooming flower, an afternoon in the yard, a day of riding the midtown bus. Just to see. Just to notice. Just to be there. There is something holy-making about simply presuming that what happens to us in any given day is sent to awaken our souls to something new: another smell, a different taste, a moment when we allow ourselves to lock eyes with a stranger, to smile a bit, to nod our heads in greeting.

Spirituality Resources

A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality
A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality

New from Joan Chittister

Since she was 16 years old Joan Chittister has had the Rule of Saint Benedict— known as a "little Rule for beginners" —read aloud to her each day, as is the custom in her community. In this artistic and accessible small book, she distills the wisdom of all that listening, choosing one line from each chapter of the Rule and then commenting briefly on the new understanding or new questions about God that it reveals.

Sacred Journeys Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey
Sacred Journeys Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey with Joan Chittister

Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey with Joan Chittister for 10 days eparting on October 18, 2019. The cruise sails roundtrip from Athens, Greece with visits to Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Rhodes and more!  Enhance your journey by adding the Athens & Corinth Post-Tour. Sacred Journeys is the topic for guest speaker Sister Joan Chittister. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form.

Complete details and registration are at Educational Opportunities Tours.

Benetvision STORE

One of the many ways Benetvision pursues its mission as a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality is through a store where Joan Chittister’s books, newsletters, and recorded teachings are available for sale. When you buy from the Benetvision store, the proceeds help support the work of Sister Joan and her Benedictine community.