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JOAN CHITTISTER

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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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A time to weep

Mar 07, 2021

On this planet, psychic numbing has been raised to high art. This people avoids pain and misery, in others as well as in themselves, at all costs. This is not a people who braves grief in the face and stares it down. No, this people dedicates itself to the elimination of pain—its own—and the aversion of pain—everyone else’s. But grief comes nevertheless.

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What's New

  • Joan Chittister’s talk on prophetic spirituality presented online to over 600 women and men serving with the Ignatian Volunteer Corp is now available.

  • "Who needs Democrats and Republicans anyway?" is the title of Joan Chittister’s latest online NCR column. Click here.

  • Washington Post columnist  Sarah Pulliam Bailey interviewed Joan Chittister for an Advent piece, “Instead of raucous holiday parties, some opt for a candle-lit Advent season of longing and hope” that appeared online on Saturday, Dec.

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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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