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NCR Column on The Misery of Truth

Posted: Jan 16, 2020

"There is one more virtue necessary to the stability of the country. And it may well be the one most lacking in this society today. It is truth. Honesty, verity, authenticity and factuality are the underpinnings of good, effective government. But facts alone are not its gold standard," writes Joan Chittister in her latest National Catholic Reporter column on the virtues needed in today's society. Click here to read the full piece. 

NCR Columns on Disavowal and Extremism

Posted: Jan 14, 2020

NCR COLUMNS:Joan Chittister’s current column series in the National Catholic Reporter, which deals with the unlikely virtues needed for our times, has two new installments: one on disavowal, and one on extremism. Click here to read the piece about promises that should be broken, and here to read about the need to step away from moderation.

Joan Chittister Quoted in Katie Gordon Article

Posted: Dec 10, 2019

Katie Gordon, the 2019 Joan Chittister Intern and soon-to-be Monasteries of the Heart staff member, references Joan Chittister in an article that appeared in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin (Autumn/Winter 2019). “Beyond the Nones” discusses the search of many millennials for contemplation and spirituality that is drawing them to the monastic charism, but not necessarily institutional religions. Katie, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School in 2019, is a national organizer with Nuns & Nones.

NCR Column on Bias

Posted: Dec 9, 2019

The National Catholic Reporter recently published a column by Joan Chittister. “There's not much to be learned from those who agree with us,” she writes. “…Only the bias of openness to every dimension of life, to human needs and human concerns, to human institutions and human participation in them, can possibly enable us to grow in a world such as we now face.” To read the rest of the piece, click here.

Joan Chittister and Mary McAleese in Conversation

Posted: Dec 2, 2019

"The Women the Vatican Couldn't Silence," a conversation between Joan Chittister and former president of Ireland Dr. Mary McAleese, is available in full on YouTube, at this link. The two met for this conversation in early November to mark the occasion of Dr. McAleese winning the prestigious Alfons Auer Ethics Award for her dissertation on children and canon law.

WOC offers video of Joan Chittister and Teresa Forcades

Posted: Dec 2, 2019

If you missed the chance to see Joan Chittister speak with Teresa Forcades at the Women's Ordination Conference event titled, "Radicals and the Rule," you can now rent and view a video of the evening, online through Vimeo. With the rental, which costs $10, you can watch the video any time over a 72-hour period. Your purchase helps support WOC, and gives you the opportunity to listen to these two Benedictine free-thinkers share their ideas about women and the Catholic Church. Click here for more information.

Palm Desert Event

Posted: Nov 21, 2019

Tickets are now available for Joan Chittister’s December 7 lecture at St. Margaret Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California. If you’re in the area, don’t miss the chance to hear Sister Joan kick off this community’s “year of exploration of a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment.” Click here to get your ticket. 

Dear Joan Chittister

Posted: Nov 21, 2019

Jessie Bazan, the editor of Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church, was interviewed on the "National Pastoral Musicians' Ministry Monday" podcast last week. If you’re interested in the questions posed and answered in this latest book, which was co-written by Sister Joan and the millennial women who participated in the first Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality, click here and listen to the podcast.

Happenings in Ireland

Posted: Nov 4, 2019

On Saturday, Nov. 2, at Trinity College in Dublin, Sister Joan participated in a public conversation with Mary McAleese, the Past President of Ireland (1997-2011) who, earlier in the week had received the prestigious 2019 Alfons Auer Ethics Prize from the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Tubingen University in Germany. The Irish Times published a story about their conversation which you can read by clicking here. The public conversation in Dublin was organized to mark Dr. McAleese’s receipt of the award that has been presented biannually since 2015. McAleese, a canon lawyer, is due to publish a study on children’s rights in the Catholic Church’s 1983 code of canon law, based on her doctoral research, in November.

Intergenerational Wisdom

Posted: Oct 8, 2019

On October 18, Joan Chittister will be part of an intergenerational panel discussion at the Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Symposium, meeting with youth activist Natasha Wang Mwansa to discuss the future of humanitarian action. Maria Shriver will moderate the panel. You can sign up to receive notification in advance and watch live at this link.