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JOAN CHITTISTER

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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

Legacy of Leadership

Sep 23, 2020

Give us, O God,
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls
and give us souls strong enough
to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.
 
In seeking a leader, let us seek
more than development of ourselves—
though development we hope for,
more than security for our own land—
though security we need,
more than satisfaction for our wants—
though many things we desire.
 
Give us the hearts to choose the leader
who will work with other leaders
to bring safety

The Legacy of Leadership by Joan Chittister

What's New

  • “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?

  • In her latest column in the National Catholic Reporter, Joan Chittister asks: "Since honesty as a prerequisite of character has apparently ceased to be an issue for the electorate at large, have we, as a moral nation, already collapsed?

  • 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.

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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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