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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

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  • Joan Chittister was the Keynote Speaker at the National Older Adults Conference, on September 3, 2019. This conference, held in Ashville, NC, was a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 50 and older who love learning and discerning together, exploring God’s call for their lives, and living out that call by sharing their energy, insight, and legacy with their families, communities, and the world.

  • Former Irish President Mary McAleese has been awarded the 2019 Alfons Auer Ethics Prize by the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Tübingen University, in recognition of her doctoral work on children’s rights in the Catholic Church’s 1983 code of canon law. In honor of this award, Joan Chittister and Dr. McAleese will have a public conversation at Trinity College, Dublin, on November 2.

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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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