Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners 2016 Appeal

“The Monastic Way gives me motivation to start my day. Thank you for making my days here much brighter ones. You really, really do,” wrote Deborah, a prisoner in Lynwood, CA. The annual Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners appeal is geared to making sure that Deborah and thousands of other people in prison receive Sister Joan’s monthly reflection piece free of charge. Please click here to read Sister Joan’s letter and give what you can. Thank you.

Joan Chittister Video: Women and Moral Leadership

Joan Chittister Video: Women and Moral Leadership

If you missed the webinar you can still get the video.
Joan Chittister examines our concepts of leadership: where they come from, how they have evolved and why women are desperately needed now in all levels of leadership. Authority is in question, patriarchy remains, and women have the gifts we need.

View a trailer or purchase a 90-day rental HERE

Once we realize
we are surrounded
by fragments of
the Divine, life
becomes luminous.
—Joan Chittister

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2017

    The book for this year's Reader's Retreat with Joan Chittister, Two Dogs and a Parrot, featured Joan's pet, Lady.

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2017

    The Reader's Retreat, held in Findley Lake, NY, Oct 9-11 brought together 36 participants from across the country.

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2017

    The unique format involves every participant in reflection on the selected book and also includes prayer time.

  • Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat 2017

    2017 Reader's Retreat participants meet Sister Joan's bird, Lady. The book for this year's retreat was Two Dogs and a Parrot—Lady is featured in the book.

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

Reader's Retreat

Participants who attended the 12th Annual Reader’s Retreat with Joan Chittister held at Peek n’ Peak, Findley Lake, NY, October 8-10 met Sister Joan's pet bird, Lady. The book for this year's retreat was Two Dogs and a Parrot which features Lady. They had this to say about the experience:
The actual experience of reading, listening, and discussing with Joan and the group of mostly women was both safe and healing. —Tracy
I feel as if I have refocused my spiritual life. Most helpful to me is the reassurance and direction given, reminding me that I need to give outside myself for the greater good.—Katie

Sister Joan Chittister
Print & Audio of Interview with Sister Joan

“You wear so many hats—spiritual leader, speaker, activist—but let’s talk about your role as an author first. Has the practice of writing deepened your sense of spirituality?” is the first question asked in this interview with Joan Chittister that appears in the online newsletter of the United Church Observer. The interview, conducted by Nancy Fornasiero, includes print and audio responses from Sister Joan. Click here.

Joan greets attendees at Hesed anniversary celebration
Hesed Anniversary

Sister Joan was greeted with a standing ovation when she entered Christ the King Church, Pleasant Hill, CA, to give a talk, “Radical Christianity,” celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Hesed Community. Hesed is based on Benedictine spirituality and is part of the World Community for Christian Meditation, centered in London. Sister Barbara Hazzard has been the community’s ongoing director.

Joan Chittister Newsletters

A Word from Joan

Five ways of seeing
Oct 24, 2016
Two Dogs and a Parrot:What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life by Joan Chittister

Life is about learning to see what we’re looking at—if we actually see it at all. It takes a while, but eventually the really perceptive soul discovers that there are actually five ways of seeing as we go through life. At the first level of insight, we see only what’s in front of us. The immediate becomes the center of the world. We do not see beyond ourselves because we have drawn the circle of life too small, too close, too narrowly.

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 Wisdom Distilled from the Daily opens November 7 and will continue until November 18.

Spirituality Resources

The Way to Inner Freedom: A Guided Journal
The Way to Inner Freedom: A Guided Journal by Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister brings you the essence of the ancient wisdom of St. Benedict in her reflections on his time-tested path to inner freedom. For each of the steps of this path, read Sister Joan’s reflections, sit with the accompanying photography, and then find directed questions on pages open for you to express your own experience. Having worked through these steps, St. Benedict promises, “You will reach the love of God that casts out fear.” Give this new guided journal by Sister Joan as a Christmas gift or use it for personal spiritual reflection or as a discussion group resource.

2017 Joan Chittister Calendar and Monastic Way
2017 Joan Chittister Calendar and Monastic Way

“To be able to look at something and imagine how to do it differently is the gift that frees the soul,” writes Joan Chittister. The Gift of Seeing Differently, the 2017 Joan Chittister Calendar, and the 2017 The Monastic Way collection are about freeing the soul.

The insights of Joan Chittister, the words of Scripture and the bold and multifaceted art of our 2017 artist Ansgar Holmberg give you a new opportunity each month to see, think and construct your world differently—to discover how God dwells among us in surprising forms.

Join Joan on Lands of the Bible 2017 River Cruise
Join Joan on Lands of the Bible 2017 River Cruise

Visit the “Lands of the Bible” with Joan Chittister on an October 16-28, 2017, cruise that will take you to Turkey, Greece, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Sister Joan will give brief talks on “World Religions” during the cruise. Register by November 1 and save $100. Enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form. Download a brochure here.

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.

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.