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Joan Chittister

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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2023 Joan Chittister Calendar with art by Anne Kernion
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Sep 26, 2022 - General

If you live in the greater Detroit area, consider registering to hear Joan Chittister present on “The Time is Now,” at Christ Church, in Cranbrook…

Sep 19, 2022 - General

"Now is not the time to ignore religious life or to speak of it as something from another age. Now is the time to renew it with vigor," writes…

Sep 19, 2022 - General

On Sunday, September 18, Joan Chittister was the speaker at an event coordinated by St. Joseph University Parish’s Feminist Theology Book Club and…

Weekly Word

Sep 28, 2022

Life, we come to believe, is a straitjacket. As the years go by, we learn to think thoughts someone else produced. We do the things someone else… Read More

Five Minutes with Joan


Jesus who loved the Samaritan woman,
outcast proclaimer of your name,
let us love and support all those
who proclaim your name
to the gay and lesbian community.

Jesus who loved the lepers whom others called unclean,
let us see the glory of creation
everywhere, in everyone.

Jesus who loved the one condemned with him
and promised him heaven… Read More

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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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