New Book: Joan Chittister on Women

From the writings of Joan Chittister: On Women
On sale now

This first collection of Joan Chittister's writing on women includes more than 40 short excerpts and writings including her essay, "Why I Stay" and the complete "Litany of Women for the Church." ORDER NOW.

God's will for us
is what's left over
when we have done
everything we can
possibly do to get
out of doing what
we're doing right now.
—Joan Chittister

  • Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Sister Joan speaks at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference.

  • Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

    Stephanie Hall, CWR Board Member, Sister Joan holding her award from CWR, Nick Schafer, CWR Executive Director.

  • Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

    Sister Joan signs a book for participant Gina Ciliberto.

  • Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference

    Book sales at the Communicators for Women Religious Conference in Mesa, AZ

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.

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:

What's New

Sister Joan Writes About Hobson's Choice

How does the phrase “Hobson’s choice” apply to the 2020 presidential election? To find the answer, read Joan Chittister’s latest online NCR column. Click here.

Chautauqua Institute Presentation

Sister Joan was a featured speaker during the 2020 Chautauqua Institution Summer Session. If you were unable to watch her presentation on July 27, you can access the video of the talk, “A Woman’s Life: A Good Event, Bad Event World" and the Q&A by clicking here. Also here is a link to an article about her presentation that appeared in the Chautauqua Daily on July 29.

Thou Shall Not

Ever heard of the 10 commandments of American politics? Joan Chittister suggests these new moral guidelines in her latest NCRonline column. Click here.


Joan Chittister Newsletters

Prayer for a Pandemic

by Joan Chittister

God of light
and God of mystery,
give us the faith to see you
in the grey dimness
of this time.

>>>Read full prayer

Five Minutes with Joan Chittister

Aug 2, 2020


A Word from Joan

A sign of what we can become
Aug 10, 2020

Psalm 16 sings, “You will not allow the one you love to see the pit; you will reveal the path of life to me, give me unbounded joy in your presence.” Those whom God loves, the psalm promises, will be raised up above the thousand daily deaths that come into every life. When we raise our hearts and souls to God, the things that drag us down will lose their grip on us. When we refuse to become imprisoned by things and status and ambition and self and greed, our souls are set free and our bodies are unburdened. Life becomes livable again. Enough becomes enough. God becomes God again.

Spirituality Resources

From the writings of Joan Chittister: On Women
From the writings of Joan Chittister: On Women

This first collection of Joan Chittister's writing on women includes more than 40 short excerpts and writings including her essay, "Why I Stay" and the complete "Litany of Women for the Church."

We designed this book to be easily carried and shared, the compactness of its size belying the power of its words.

Order Now.

Register for the Monasteries of the Heart discussion of Joan Chittister On Women and receive a 50% off coupon towards the purchase of On Women. Click here to register. Three-week discussion runs August 10-28. Cost is $20.

Also available as an ebook in the Kindle store. Click here.

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 transformations. It is written for seekers of any faith or none—individuals, couples, families, and small groups— who are looking for new ways of meaningful living in the very center of our world—without ever withdrawing from it. 

The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise with Joan Chittister
The Enchanting Rhine with Joan Chittister

NEW River Cruise with Sister Joan: Nine days in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands, October 18-26, 2020. You will visit places like the Rhine River Gorge, Cologne, Germany, and Strasbourg, France and hear conferences by Sister Joan. Click here for more information. Please enter host Benetvision and ID 56281 on the registration form.