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Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister

Passion for God

Passion for justice

Passion for life

Explore what makes her a beloved and best-selling author, a soul-stirring speaker, and a gifted spiritual guide.



2022 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Appeal
2022 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Appeal

Dear Friend,

Why did I start the Fund for Prisoners over 16 years ago? This story by the Persian poet Rumi is the reason:

Joan Chittister Christmas Sale 2022, further discounts on all available books
Christmas Sale

All available books on sale! 
Awakenings only $24; The Monastic Heart only $18; 38 Personal Stories only $4; and more.... Shop now!

2023 Joan Chittister Calendar with art by Anne Kernion
2023 Joan Chittister Calendar

Let Joan Chittister’s wisdom and insight guide you through the year.

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Nov 14, 2022 - General

Joan Chittister will present on the call to prophetic spirituality at St. James Episcopal Church in New York City on December 2. This event is…

Nov 14, 2022 - General

Joan Chittister's most recent column in the National Catholic Reporter deals with the leadership we need today as a nation during a time…

Oct 31, 2022 - General

Joan Chittister presented to Sisters and Oblates of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, in Erie, PA, last weekend, at the monastery’s annual community…

Weekly Word

Nov 21, 2022

Life is not meant to be a burden. Life is not a problem to be solved. It is a blessing to be celebrated.

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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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Discover the power of Joan Chittister writing in her dozens of books.

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