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Joan Chittister

Passion for God

Passion for justice

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Explore what makes her a beloved and best-selling author, a soul-stirring speaker, and a gifted spiritual guide.

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May 17, 2021 - General

The Thomas Merton Center in Palo Alto, CA, a Catholic lay-led organization that fosters the development of ecumenical spirituality, is hosting a…

May 17, 2021 - Speeches

Carlow University, a liberal arts college in Pittsburgh, PA, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, presented Joan Chittister with an honorary degree…

May 17, 2021 - General

Join the Benetvision staff for a …

Weekly Word

Jan 04, 2021

“Once upon a time,” the tale tells, “an angel appeared to a seeker hard at work in the field of life and said, ‘I have been instructed by the gods… Read More

Five Minutes with Joan

May 09, 2021

Prayer

by Joan Chittister

God of light
and God of mystery,
give us the faith to see you
in the grey dimness
of this time.

Give us the heart to hear,
in the silence of the sick,
the call to care for those
in pain.

Give us the courage
to find you
where you do not now
appear to be.

Give us the trust it takes
to… Read More

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About Joan

An outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality

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:

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