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Watch the complete Super Soul Sunday episode — Oprah and Sister Joan Chittister: A Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy. The interview is on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Watch it here.

Easter is hope
on a rampage.
The world comes
alive with possibility.
—Joan Chittister

  • Maria Shriver will join Joan on Thursday, April 9, for the Second Annual Joan D. Chittister Lecture at Mercyhurst University in Erie.

  • 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

Sister Joan with Bono
Huffington Post Interview

Sister Joan was interviewed by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Executive Editor of Huffington Post Religion, on his weekly podcast, All Together. She spoke to him from Dublin, Ireland about her new book, Between the Dark and the Daylight, the paradoxes of faith, the spiritual practice of writing, and whether she has a "bucket list." Listen to the podcast:

An Insanity of Rationality

"There is a madness abroad in the land, hiding behind the Constitution, brazenly ignoring the suffering of many who, over the years, have died in its defense, and operating under the banner of rationality. It’s a rare form of spiritual disease that thrives on violence and calls it good." begins an article by Sister Joan in Sojourner's magazine. Access the entire article, and others, by visiting the "Articles" page of this website.

Joan Chittister with Maria Shriver
Joan Chittister in Conversation with Maria Shriver

Tickets for the second annual Joan D. Chittister Lecture series, featuring Maria Shriver and Joan Chittister, OSB, “In Conversation” at Mercyhurst University, sold out in four hours. The program, which features longtime friends Shriver and Chittister on stage talking about their passion for issues of peace and justice, especially as they affect women, is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC). To accommodate the overflow crowd, Mercyhurst University has made arrangements to screen a live feed to the Mercyhurst Athletic Center which seats upward of 1,000.

A Word from Joan

Why Jesus Came
Mar 30, 2015
In Search of Belief by Joan Chittister

The suffering of Jesus is a very human thing. The people he came to love, the system he meant to stretch to its human limits, to its fullest potential, to its deepest vision of God, turned against him. We have all known the situation, the feeling, the pain. It is what people did to Jesus that killed him. It is what the system did to him that destroyed him. It was a fearful system and apathetic people that brought the total sacrifice of Godhead to an ultimate end.

Spirituality Resources

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

#1 best seller in Amazon's Religion & Spirituality category after Oprah interview
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.

The Monastic Way
The Monastic Way

The Monastic Way in 2015 is best-selling author Joan Chittister's strikingly beautiful monthly subscription publication. Available as a mailed print subscription or online.

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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