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2020 Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners Appeal

Dear friends,

This, I hope, will be one of the stranger appeal letters you get from me. 

I realize that the word on the streets is that nothing will ever be the same after the pandemic. And I suppose, at one level, that's true. But at another level it's not.

There will always be prisons, I'm sure. But, God willing, not prisons like these that are developing now. The overcrowding—the lack of any kind of controlled personal space, let alone “social distancing”—is totally out of control. 

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2021 Calendar Now Available

The Joan Chittister Calendar is always more than a simple date tracker or beautiful wall art. But for 2021 it's even more. Click here for more information and to order yours.

Five Minutes with Joan Chittister

Five Minutes With Joan Chittister

Word from Joan

Two Dogs and a Parrot

Oct 19, 2020

Confucius may have said it best: “Everything has beauty,” he taught, “but not everyone sees it.” Seeing it, the spiritual person knows, is the task of a lifetime. It is also the reward of a lifetime well-lived, lived in balance, lived from the inside out as well as from the outside in.
 
Unfortunately, this culture does not teach beauty in its schools nor require it in its programs. Most of all, it does not prescribe it for its healing value. The value of beauty in shaping the soul, let alone in curing the ills that a lack of beauty brings on, we ignore.
 

Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister

What's New

  • In preparation for the national election, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) used one of Joan Chittister’s articles for the weekly reflection series that it provides for its membership. Click here

  • "From where I stand, it seems to me that we have to reboot the nature of the country that we are. And to do that, we may need to do a bit of weeping,” writes Joan Chittister in her latest column for the National Catholic Reporter.

  • “Land of the free, home of the self-centered” is the title of Joan Chittister’s latest NCR online column. What's an inalienable right? What is our responsibility? Where do the common good, and freedom intersect?

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Splendors of Egypt cruise with Joan Chittister

Splendors of Egypt with Joan Chittister

Join Guest Speaker Sr. Joan Chittister on a 9-day tour, Splendors of Egypt, October 5-13, 2021. In the Footsteps of Moses, Joseph & the Holy Family, starting at $3998* from New York!

The Monastery of the Heart: Benedictine Spirituality for Contemporary Seekers

The Monastery of the Heart is Joan Chittister’s powerful spiritual guide for all of us who are longing for a more purposeful life in this time of social upheavals and global transformation

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About Joan

An outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality

Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, has dedicated her life to voicing questions that test popularly accepted truths of the day. Her questions to both church and society focus on the empowerment of women, 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:

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