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Sister Joan Writes About Hobson's Choice

Posted: Jul 31, 2020

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

Posted: Jul 31, 2020

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

Posted: Jul 10, 2020

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

Sister Joan and Friendship

Posted: Jul 9, 2020

In the midst of a very busy life filled with speaking engagements, requests for interviews, and writing deadlines, Sister Joan Chittister still finds the time to make new friends and let them know how important they are to her. You can read one person's story about her experiences with Sister Joan in this article from the Global Sisters Report. Click here

Articles on Racism

Posted: Jun 22, 2020

 Two of the latest installments of Joan Chittister’s column, "From Where I Stand", addresses the crisis of racism and police brutality. In the first, she writes, “From where I stand, racism is the temptation white people have yet to overcome in an honest, genuine way. Catholics know that confessing the sin is not enough. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, forgiveness requires our ‘intention to make reparation,’ as well or, as we once said, ‘a firm purpose of amendment.’” Click here to read the full piece. In the second piece, she challenges white Americans, "don't be sure that change can be taken for granted, that it will move another inch unless we keep up the pressure to save our own souls if nothing else." The full piece is here.

New Audio Blog

Posted: Jun 22, 2020


“The master turned to the student and bowed,” Joan Chittister says in her latest audio blog, titled “Honoring the Other.” Click here to listen to this installment of Five Minutes with Joan Chittister. 


Time Is Now Article

Posted: Jun 22, 2020

An article on Patheos quotes Joan Chittister and draws on the ideas in her 2019 book, The Time Is Now, to determine what Christians should do amid today’s societal unrest. Columnist Tom Rapsas writes, “Imagine for a moment that Jesus was alive and walking the Earth today. Would he be hanging out with Christian churchgoers, attending Bible study and weekday services? Or would he be on the front lines with those seeking justice, marching arm-in-arm with the masses, demanding fair and equitable treatment for all? … Sister Joan Chittister…makes it easy to see what Jesus would be doing today…” Click here to read the full piece.

Joan Chittister on Oprah on Easter Sunday

Posted: Apr 10, 2020

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Joan Chittister on her book, The Time Is Now, is being rebroadcast Easter Sunday morning at 10 a.m. local time on OWN. Episodes are also available on the Watch OWN app and on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast.

NCR Column on Principles in Pandemic

Posted: Apr 9, 2020

Joan Chittister’s latest column in the National Catholic Reporter teaches principles from Benedictine spirituality that we need during this time of pandemic. To read the four truths that she deems essential for this time, click here.

Brené Brown Recommends

Posted: Mar 30, 2020

Best-selling author Brené Brown, whose TED Talk, “The Call to Courage” is one of the five most-viewed talks in the world, closed a 15-minute church service on her Instagram story with an excerpt from Joan Chittister’s, “Prayer for Conscience and Courage." Click here to read the entire prayer as it is posted on the Monasteries of the Heart website. (If you are not already a member, click here to sign up for a free membership.)