The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

In time for national elections—“A Prayer for Leadership” by Joan Chittister now available in a new pamphlet, The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come, that includes Sister Joan’s entire “A Prayer for Leadership” along with short reflections on the nature of leadership itself and talking points on the subject.

Easily accessible format and slim enough to carry in a purse or pocket or keep by your bedside. Ideal for group prayer and discussion or personal prayer and reflection. Order now.

Don’t be
afraid to speak.
Be afraid
what will happen
to the whole truth
if you don’t.
—Joan Chittister

  • From the Archives: Sister Joan visits the 2010 LCWR exhibit "Women of Spirit"

    From the Archives: Sister Joan visits the 2010 LCWR exhibit "Women of Spirit"

  • From the Archives: Joan Chittister and Bono share a laugh

    From the Archives: Joan Chittister and Bono share a laugh

  • From the Archives: Sister Joan participates in the 2004 Pan Asian UN Youth Leadership Conference in Hiroshima

    From the Archives: Sister Joan participates in the 2004 Pan Asian UN Youth Leadership Conference in Hiroshima

  • From the Archives: Sister Joan gathers with indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico in 1998

    From the Archives: Sister Joan gathers with indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico in 1998

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

Called to Community: the Life Jesus Wants for His People Ed. Charles Moore, Plough
Sister Joan Is a Contributing Author to a New Book

Joan Chittister is one of the contributing authors to a new book, Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People, ed. Charles E. Moore (Plough). She joins other community practitioners such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mother Teresa, Benedict of Nursia, Elizabeth O’Connor, and Jean Vanier. Click here for more information about the book.

From Where I Stand

“…the choices we make this year -- and why we make them -- may well affect this country and its present governmental system for ages to come,” writes Joan Chittister in her latest online NCR column, ‘Get on board or get out of the way’ is not policy. To read her column click here.

Nuclear Webinar

Joan Chittister is one of the main presenters on a webinar aimed at mobilizing the U.S. Catholic community to work for nuclear weapons abolition. The free webinar will be held Tuesday, May 17, at 4 pm Eastern Time. Sister Joan, who will lay the spiritual groundwork for this undertaking, will be joined by Father Drew Christiansen, who will address the very important Papal document - "Nuclear Disarmament: A Time for Abolition" issued in December 2014; and Daryl Kimball, ED of the Arms Control Association, who will explain, from a secular viewpoint, this is the time to work for abolition of nuclear weapons. Marie Dennis, co-President of Pax Christi International, will be moderating this session.

You are urged to join the webinar and encourage your colleagues and community members to enroll. If you plan to attend the webinar, please e- mail cookerh1251@gmail.com . By doing so, you will be able to receive reminders of the webinar immediately beforehand.

Whether you pre-register or not, you can view the webinar on May 17th at 4 pm Eastern by clicking here. If you are unable to be part of the webinar when it takes place, it will be recorded and available at a later date.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

The Danish Girl and us
May 23, 2016
The Monastic Way by Joan Chittister

Be who God meant you to be and you’ll set the world on fire.
—Catherine of Siena

I was just about to settle down to work on my computer when the in-flight Movie/TV screen flickered on. I recognized the title and sat back to get a glimpse of the establishing shot before beginning to write. It was almost two hours later before The Danish Girl ended. But by that time, I knew again, in an even more special way, how deeply important this month’s Monastic Way is. Most of all, I wondered if Catherine of Siena really understood the full implications of what she was saying over 600 years ago.

Joan Chittister Book Club

An opportunity to read, reflect on, and discuss one of Joan Chittister’s books with other spiritual companions. Three times a year a new Joan Chittister book will be featured with reviews, impact stories from readers, videos on the books from Sister Joan, excerpts and inspiring quotes from the book. You are encouraged to join a two-week online discussion of the book that will be part of this ongoing feature. The discussion on Following the Path opens June 20 and will continue until July 1.

Spirituality Resources

The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come
The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come

In time for national elections—“A Prayer for Leadership” by Joan Chittister now available in a new pamphlet, The Legacy of Leadership: A Gift for Generations to Come, that includes Sister Joan’s entire “A Prayer for Leadership” along with short reflections on the nature of leadership itself and talking points on the subject. Easily accessible format and slim enough to carry in a purse or pocket or keep by your bedside. Ideal for group prayer and discussion or personal prayer and reflection.

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life
Joan Chittister: Two Dogs and a Parrot

Whether we have an animal companion, long to have a pet or love someone who does, or cherish animals and nature, Two Dogs and a Parrot will speak to us all. It illuminates the significance of sharing our lives with a pet and celebrates the great gift of animals in our world. See the video of Joan and her standoff with pet bird, Lady.

Here's an invitation for you: Sister Joan has created a special “Two Dogs and a Parrot” and wants you to post a picture of your pet (or you and your pet!) and tell us what your pet has taught you. Click here to see the gallery and share your picture and memory.

The Monastic Way 2016...
The Monastic Way 2016 by Joan Chittister

pairs Joan Chittister with some of history's great figures— lay and religious, male and female, Christian and non-Christian — who have stretched the very soul of humanity. Each month you can meet one of them in a vibrant and stunning monthly publication that will stretch your soul, too. Let heroes such as Gandhi, Teresa of Avila, Etty Hillesum, Rumi, accompany you through the year. Artist Marcy Hall contributes to this masterpiece that will inspire you all year.

Benetvision STORE

One of the many ways Benetvision 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 Benetvision store, the proceeds help support the work of Sister Joan and her Benedictine community.