Joy is the overflow of
a heart that knows
it is at home in
the universe.
—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:

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Be inspired by Joan Chittister. Follow Monasteries of the Heart on Instagram, at  https://www.instagram.com/monasteriesoftheheart/ for regular inspiration, challenge and insight from Joan Chittister. Use #joanchittister when you share Sister Joan's wisdom to make it easier for others to find it. 

Save the Date

Joan Chittister will participate in a web-based panel conversation in honor of International Women's Day sponsored by the Carter Center on Thursday, March 5 from noon to 1 p.m.  The topic discussed will be "Religion, Gender, Justice, & Equality: Faith Leaders Reflect on the Promise of the Equal Rights Amendment. "

Sister Joan will join two other eminent faith leaders, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones (President of Union Theological Seminary, member of the board of the ERA coalition) and Rev. Traci C. West (Associate Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School) to discuss the significance of the ERA from the perspective of their scholarship, religious convictions, and experiences in ministry and public life. Allyson Timm, executive director of Justice Revival, will moderate the conversation. 

The link for the live-streamed event will be available next week. On the eve of International Women’s Day, join us for this vital conversation on women’s rights. The event will also be recorded and available on the Carter Center website after the event.   https://www.cartercenter.org/

Library Journal Deems "Time Is Now" A Must Read

In its December 2019 print issue, the Library Journal listed The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister as one of its “Essential Titles of 2019.” The publication gave it a starred review last spring in its online newsletter. Click here.  


Joan Chittister Newsletters

Five Minutes with Joan Chittister

Mar 29, 2020


A Word from Joan

When can we not quit?
Mar 23, 2020
Songs of the Heart by Joan Chittister

Commitment is that quality of life that depends more on the ability to wait for something to come to fulfillment—through good days and through bad—than it does on being able to sustain an emotional extreme over a long period of time. When a debilitating loss of purpose and energy set in, that is the point at which we are asked to give as much as we get. That’s when what we thought was an adventure turns into a commitment. Sometimes a long, hard, demanding one that tempts us to despair.

Spirituality Resources

A Time to Weep Lent 2020
A Time to Weep Lent 2020 by Joan Chittister

Lent is a time set aside “to look again at who we are, at where we’re going in life, at how we’re getting to where we say we want to go,” explains Joan Chittister. In A Time to Weep, she urges us to “set our faces like flint” and let nothing deter the Jesus life in us.

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Dear Joan Chittister Conversations with Women in the Church
Dear Joan Chittister Conversations with Women in the Church

In this groundbreaking book, ten young women active in ministry share their thoughts, aspirations, questions and desires with Sister Joan Chittister.... Joan then responds with affirmation and challenge, sharing her wisdom, inspiration and courage with those vitally committed to the church.

The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage
The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister

world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times.

What Are You Looking For?
What Are You Looking For? by Joan Chittister

Optimistic yet realistic, What Are You Looking For? is a word of encouragement for anyone who feels called deeper into life with God and others.