Whats New

New "From Where I Stand" column

Sister Joan Chittister
Posted: Jan 2, 2019

In her most recent NCRonline column, entitled "Trump destabilizes the presidency and the nation's soul," Sister Joan writes, "For the first time in modern American history, the presidency, the great stabilizer of American government, is being destabilized by the president himself."Read the entire post by clicking here.

From Krakow

COP 24 in Katowice
Posted: Dec 17, 2018

Sister Joan Chittister attended the COP24 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Katowicze, Poland as part of the Global Peace Initiative of Women delegation, joining other religious leaders who were there to remind of the inner transformation needed to bring about global harmony and world peace. She writes:

“In our group, The Global Peace Initiative of Women, a Buddhist teacher, a Sufi practioner, an American Evangelical, an American Indian, a Hindu swami, a Vedic scholar, and myself, a Catholic nun, addressed interested audiences on spiritual development as the key to human development, the need to understand that we are here to complete the work of creation rather than consume it."

This is an excerpt from Sister Joan's latest NCRonline column entitled, "COP24: It’s not about resources anymore; it’s about moral maturity.” Read it by clicking here.

Millenial Celebration

Posted: Dec 10, 2018

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

Posted: Dec 10, 2018

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

COP 24 in Katowice
Posted: Nov 27, 2018

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.

Pre-order Book Now

The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister
Posted: Nov 16, 2018

In her new book, The Time Is Now: A Call for Uncommon Courage (Penguin Random House), Joan Chittister pleads with readers to reclaim their prophetic spirituality—a spirituality of awareness, of choice, of risk, of transformation. In doing so, “she 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 and offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace and empowerment.” Release date: March 5, 2019. Click here to pre-order.

PBS Film

PBS Film Board
Posted: Nov 12, 2018

Award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and his crew interviewed Joan Chittister at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie, PA, on November 7, for a PBS documentary on Dorothy Day that they are producing through Journey Films. (Click here.) When Doblmeier asked Sister Joan how she would define Dorothy Day, she answered, “She was a firecracker that never goes out—everywhere she went she ‘blew up’ old and erroneous world views with new light and vision.”

We Stand Together

Pittsburgh Steelers Logo
Posted: Nov 12, 2018

Sister Joan attended Shabbat Services at the Erie Temple Anshe Hesed on Friday, November 2, to express solidarity with the Jewish community in its time of mourning following the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She joined over a hundred supporters who attended the prayer service, a movement organized by One Table, Erie’s interfaith, multicultural organization.

The iconic Pittsburgh Steeler logo was turned into a Jewish star to show solidarity after the synagogue shooting.

Cruise Speaker

Joan Chittister speaking on Azamara Cruise
Posted: Oct 29, 2018

Joan Chittister is currently the guest lecturer on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise—October 19 to 28—that follows the journeys of Saints Peter and Paul. Sister Joan is scheduled for a European river cruise in October 2019 with the same Azamara cruise company. Details coming soon.

Ohio Gathering

Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Oct 23, 2018

Nearly five hundred people came to Knox Presbyterian Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to hear Joan Chittister speak on Saturday, October 13. Sister Joan’s lecture drew from the Beatitudes and discussed the importance of seeking the common good, and it electrified the audience who heard her. One young man, for whom this was the first time seeing Sister Joan, described himself as “totally speechless and blown away,” as he left the church. He took home a copy of Radical Spirit, saying, “I want to learn more about how she understands society.” And a woman who had attended lectures by Sister Joan several times before Saturday explained that she keeps coming because, “I feel disgusted by the corruption and abuse in the Church, and I’ve really left organized religion. But what she says makes me just want to prostrate … she helps me see what’s sacred.”