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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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The Joan Chittister Internship is accepting applications, now through March 20. This year’s graduate student intern will work for Benetvision, promoting feminist, contemporary spirituality.

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Jan 24, 2022 - General

In the latest episode of 

Jan 18, 2022 - General

Sister Joan sends a warm “thank you” to all who donated to the 2021 Annual Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Appeal. She writes: “Thanks to you,…

Jan 18, 2022 - General

You’re invited to join a Zoom discussion of the January Monastic Way, tomorrow, January 18, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. For an hour, 

Five Minutes with Joan


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 make our way
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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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