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JOAN CHITTISTER

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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

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Called to Question: A Spritual Memoir

Oct 26, 2020

The problem of the nature of faith plagues us all our lives. Is openness to other ideas infidelity, or is it the beginning of spiritual maturity? What is it that can possibly take us so far afield from the initial believing self? How do we explain to ourselves the journey of getting from there to here, from unquestioning adherence to institutional answers, to the point of asking faithful questions? It took years before I realized that maybe it is belief itself, if it is real, that carries us there.

Called to Question by Joan Chittister

What's New

  • On October 18, Joan Chittister will be part of an intergenerational panel discussion at the Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Symposium, meeting with youth activist Natasha Wang Mwansa to discuss the future of humanitarian action. Maria Shriver will moderate the panel.

  • In preparation for Joan Chittister’s 2020 tour in Australia, Garratt Publishing has selected her latest book, Dear Sister Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church as its October Book of the Month. Click here to read the announcement.

  • In this groundbreaking book entitled Dear Joan: Conversations with Women in the Church, ten young women active in ministry within the church share their thoughts, aspirations, questions and desires with Sister Joan Chittister, a spiritual master and prophetic visionary who has long encouraged the gifts and voices of those too easily dismiss

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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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