Oprah interviews Joan Chittister on Sunday, March 1

Watch the interview — Oprah and Sister Joan Chittister: A Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy — on Super Soul Sunday, March 1 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
View the promotional video.

Compassion is
the soft and
bottomless well
of the holy heart.
—Joan Chittister

  • Oprah and Joan

    Oprah interviews Joan at Oprah's home in Santa Barbara, CA

  • Joan and some of her community attend the American Catholic Council Spirit of Vatican II Conference

    Joan and some of her community attend the American Catholic Council Spirit of Vatican II Conference

  • Joan participates in the 2005 International Peace Council with the Dalai Lama

    Joan participates in the 2005 International Peace Council with the Dalai Lama

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.

As a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joan Chittister has focused her life’s work on 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

Listen In

PBS Boston recently interviewed Joan Chittister on the topic “Nun Hopes for More Gender Equality in the Church.” The January 27, 2015 interview was conducted by award winning journalist Robin Young, cohost of Here & Now, a mid-day radio show of in-depth news, interview and conversation. Listen to the nine-minute interview:

Joan Chittister: Essential Writings
Recent Award

Joan Chittister: Essential Writings received a 2015 Illumination Book Award, named a silver medal winner in the Catholic category. The Illumination Awards honor the best Christian-themed books published during the past year. Joan Chittister: Essential Writings (Orbis) was edited by Mary Lou Kownacki and Mary Hembrow-Snyder.

Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister
Book Review

“One of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors has tackled a significant topic that will speak to seekers of all faiths,” is how Publishers Weekly review of Joan Chittister’s new book, Between the Dark and the Daylight begins.

A Word from Joan

The art of silence
Feb 19, 2015
Aspects of the Heart by Joan Chittister

Silence is where we must go when we want to be truly spiritual people. Only there does God speak to the heart. But learning how to keep silent and when to keep silent—and when not to—is a great spiritual art.

Hard and bitter silence refuses to allow another person the chance to change the position that has hurt me. It refuses, as well, to allow me to understand the needs of those around me. Soft and pliant silence makes it possible for the other to speak. More than that, it enables me to see the world from someone else’s point of view.

Spirituality Resources

Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation: A Lenten Experience with Joan Chittister
Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation: A Lenten Experience with Joan Chittister

eCourse beings March 9
This three-week eCourse, “Love Forgiveness and Reconciliation: A Lenten Experience with Joan Chittister,” divides Joan’s highly-acclaimed 2014 webinar presentation into six separate sections complete with a study guide and activities. Offered through Monasteries of the Heart; you must have an account to register.

Between the Dark and the Daylight
Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister

New book by Joan Chittister
In words as wise as they are inspiring, Between the Dark and the Daylight explores the concerns of modern life, of the overworked mind and hurting heart. These are the paradoxical—and often frustrating—moments when our lives feel at odds with everything around us.

Joan Chittister Essential Writings
Joan Chittister Essential Writings

Selected by Mary Lou Kownacki and Mary Hembrow-Snyder

This volume, more than any other, captures and distills Chittister's spirit and her message for women and men today—including reflections on her own journey, why she remains in the church, and what sustains her faith and hope.

Benetvision STORE

One of the many ways Benetvsion pursues its mission as a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality is through a store where Joan Chittister’s books, newsletters, and recorded teachings are available for sale. When you buy from the Benetivison store, the proceeds help support the work of Sister Joan and her Benedictine community.

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