Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith

Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith

New biography available in September
From prize-winning journalist Tom Roberts, an intimate biography of Joan Chittister— Benedictine nun and writer, a leading voice for spiritual renewal, a prophetic champion of peace and justice, a champion of the role of women in the church and the world.

Journalist Tom Roberts is editor-at-large for the National Catholic Reporter, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Previously he worked for 10 years as news editor at the Religion News Service. His previous Orbis book, The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community’s Search for Itself, won the Religious Newswriters’ Association Book Award, as well as two Catholic Press Association awards. He lives in metropolitan Washington, DC.

It takes a lifetime
to really understand
that God is
what is standing
in front of me.
—Joan Chittister

  • Anne presents book to Pope

    A book by Joan Chittister, Essential Writings, was presented to Pope Francis by Sister Anne McCarthy during a private audience. She was in Rome for a dialogue between Buddhists and Catholics, “Dialogue and Fraternity.” Read more in What's New.

  • Joan Chittister receives the Edward C. Doll Community Service Award

    Sister Joan received the Edward C. Doll Community Service Award from the Erie Community Foundation. Listen to her keynote.

  • Sister Joan receives Fund for Prisoners check.

    Michael Batchelor, ECF president, presents checks to Sisters Mary Lou Kownacki, Joan, and Anne Wambach, prioress, for the Fund for Prisoners and community ministries.

  • Sisters join Joan at ECF award dinner

    Sisters Charlotte Zalot, Marilyn Schauble, Maureen Tobin, Mary Miller, Joan Chittister, Mary Ellen Plumb, Anne McCarthy, Sue Doubet, Anne Wambach and Mary Lou Kownacki celebrate the ECF award.

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

Keynote Address

Joan Chittister is a keynote speaker at the 2015 Call to Action Conference, Nov. 6-8, Milwaukee, WI. To receive the best discount register before July 27. For more information, call 815-299-7158 or click below.

Global Peace Initiative of Women
Iran Trip

Sister Joan Chittister was part of an 8-person U.S. religious delegation to Iran last month that met with religious leaders there to discuss the spiritual foundations of human unity.

Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Bringing Beauty

The Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners was used as an example of bringing beauty to the lives of the marginalized in an article written by Mary Lou Kownacki for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) magazine, The Occasional Papers (Summer 2015).

A Word from Joan

The impact of one picture
Aug 3, 2015

Words are wonderful things. I have always loved them. They expose the human heart to the light of day; they protect in darkness what are the secrets of the soul. But I wonder sometimes if, however powerful the words, they can possibly have the impact of one picture. Some day I will make a list of the photographs that have shaped my life.

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 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.

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