New Book: Joan Chittister on Women

From the writings of Joan Chittister: On Women
On sale now

This first collection of Joan Chittister's writing on women includes more than 40 short excerpts and writings including her essay, "Why I Stay" and the complete "Litany of Women for the Church." ORDER NOW.

The Word of God
becomes the fuel
of our faith, the
ground upon which
our hope relies.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference.

  • Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

    Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

  • Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

    Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

  • Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference in Mesa, AZ

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

Articles on Racism

 Two of the latest installments of Joan Chittister’s column, "From Where I Stand", addresses the crisis of racism and police brutality. In the first, she writes, “From where I stand, racism is the temptation white people have yet to overcome in an honest, genuine way. Catholics know that confessing the sin is not enough. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, forgiveness requires our ‘intention to make reparation,’ as well or, as we once said, ‘a firm purpose of amendment.’” Click here to read the full piece. In the second piece, she challenges white Americans, "don't be sure that change can be taken for granted, that it will move another inch unless we keep up the pressure to save our own souls if nothing else." The full piece is here.

New Audio Blog

 

“The master turned to the student and bowed,” Joan Chittister says in her latest audio blog, titled “Honoring the Other.” Click here to listen to this installment of Five Minutes with Joan Chittister. 

 
Time Is Now Article

An article on Patheos quotes Joan Chittister and draws on the ideas in her 2019 book, The Time Is Now, to determine what Christians should do amid today’s societal unrest. Columnist Tom Rapsas writes, “Imagine for a moment that Jesus was alive and walking the Earth today. Would he be hanging out with Christian churchgoers, attending Bible study and weekday services? Or would he be on the front lines with those seeking justice, marching arm-in-arm with the masses, demanding fair and equitable treatment for all? … Sister Joan Chittister…makes it easy to see what Jesus would be doing today…” Click here to read the full piece.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

Prayer for a Pandemic

by Joan Chittister

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

>>>Read full prayer

Five Minutes with Joan Chittister

Jun 21, 2020


A Word from Joan

A prophetic spirituality
Jun 29, 2020
The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister

What does the prophetic tradition, the prophetic dimension of the spiritual life, have to do with us? First and foremost, the prophets care about everything average people like you and I care about. Indeed, with all their hearts and at the price of all their security, the prophets care about clericalism and condemn it. They care about static secularism and set out to reinvigorate the soul of the temple itself. They care about poverty and decry it, about violence and condemn it, about religion and set out to purify it of its arrogance, its false faith, and the emptiness of its rules and rituals.

Spirituality Resources

From the writings of Joan Chittister: On Women
From the writings of Joan Chittister: On Women

This first collection of Joan Chittister's writing on women includes more than 40 short excerpts and writings including her essay, "Why I Stay" and the complete "Litany of Women for the Church."

We designed this book to be easily carried and shared, the compactness of its size belying the power of its words.

Order Now.

Register for the Monasteries of the Heart discussion of Joan Chittister On Women and receive a 50% off coupon towards the purchase of On Women. Click here to register. Three-week discussion runs August 10-28. Cost is $20.

Also available as an ebook in the Kindle store. Click here.

The Monastery of the Heart: Benedictine Spirituality for Contemporary Seekers

The Monastery of the Heart is Joan Chittister’s powerful spiritual guide for all of us who are longing for a more purposeful life in this time of social upheavals and global transformations. It is written for seekers of any faith or none—individuals, couples, families, and small groups— who are looking for new ways of meaningful living in the very center of our world—without ever withdrawing from it. 

The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise with Joan Chittister
The Enchanting Rhine with Joan Chittister

NEW River Cruise with Sister Joan: Nine days in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands, October 18-26, 2020. You will visit places like the Rhine River Gorge, Cologne, Germany, and Strasbourg, France and hear conferences by Sister Joan. Click here for more information. Please enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form.