2018 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal

The 2018 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Annual Appeal is underway. Click here to read Sister Joan's personal letter and, please give now.

The fruit of
self-knowledge
is kindness.
Broken ourselves,
we bind tenderly
the wounds
of the other.
—Joan Chittister

  • 2018 Readers Retreat with Joan Chittister

    A light moment during the 2018 Readers Retreat. The annual retreat, held in Erie, is limited to 32 participants.

  • 2018 Readers Retreat with Joan Chittister

    Sister Joan listens as participants read selections from her Essential Writings aloud during the retreat.

  • 2018 Readers Retreat with Joan Chittister

    Sister Joan talks with a participant at the 2018 Readers Retreat held at the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel in Erie.

  • 2018 Readers Retreat with Joan Chittister

    Participants in the 2018 Readers Retreat read from Joan Chittister: Essential Writings, this year's selection.

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

Millenial Celebration

1,000 years is a long time and to end a year-long millennial celebration of its founding (1018-2018), Buckfast Abbey in England published a book of essays by members of the Benedictine family that reflect on the future of monastic life. Joan Chittister contributed to the book, Monasticism Today, with an essay on the Monasteries of the Heart movement. To read a review of the book that appeared in The Catholic Herald, a London-based weekly newspaper, click here.

Boston Globe

In a Boston Globe opinion piece titled, “In a Troubling Time for Catholics, Thomas Keating was an inspiration,” Margery Eagan celebrates the Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer movement who died in November at the age of 95 as one of the figures that can give Catholics a badly needed “spiritual uplift. “ Joan Chittister is another person that the writer, who is cohost of WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio,” points to as a sign of hope. To read the article, click here.

COP 24 in Katowice
COP 24

Joan Chittister leaves this week to be be part of the Global Peace Initiative of Women delegation attending the Third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Dec. 3-8. She will be a dialogue participant in a panel: Interfaith Event “Finding Hope in a Time of Transition,” and will speak at the forum: “Uniting in Our Environmental Work: The Role of Women and Young People.” This conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement concluded in December 2015. Click here for more information.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

One Minute with Joan Chittister

Nov 11, 2018

A Word from Joan

We all want something more
Dec 10, 2018
The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

The function of Advent is to remind us what we’re waiting for as we go through life too busy with things that do not matter to remember the things that do. When year after year we hear the same scriptures and the same hymns of longing for the life to come, of which this one is only its shadow, it becomes impossible to forget the refrains of the soul. Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world. It slows us down. It makes us think.

Spirituality Resources

2019 Joan Chittister Calendar
2019 Joan Chittister Calendar

$10 each, as low as $6 in quantity

“Failing to notice one rose, we fail to notice the entire cosmos,” writes Joan Chittister, author of over 50 books on spirituality. The 2019 Joan Chittister Calendar offers you the opportunity to begin to see in a new way, with greater attention and appreciation for the Divine Presence. Each month features photographs that highlight small details of simple, everyday beauty. These images are paired with thought-provoking quotations from Sister Joan. Make your way through the year with fresh spiritual inspiration, and with greater sensitivity to the loveliness around you.

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.

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.