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JOAN CHITTISTER

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Weekly Word from Sister Joan

There is more to life than speed

Jan 18, 2021

“O snail,/ climb Mount Fuji/ But slowly, slowly…” the haiku master and lay Buddhist priest Issa writes. 
 
The haiku, in its short, sharp way, makes three points:
 
In the first place, there are great, important things to do in life however small, however frail we feel, however stacked the odds are against us.
 

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Lent 2021 Guide

Lent 2021: To Live Anew

In six brief but powerful reflections on one of the Sunday readings, Sister Joan offers insight into how “living anew” might look in these extraordinary times of pandemic and political upheaval. Click here for more information and to order yours.

What's New

  • “What is holiness now? Where is wisdom now? What must the average person do, not only to meet our present pressures, but to shape the future, as well?” are questions Sister Joan asks in wake of the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol this month. 

  • January 18, 2021

    Ahead of the inauguration Wednesday, Sister Joan and a few others were interviewed by Global Sisters Report. They want policies more in line with Catholic social teaching; yet all of them came back to the issue of character.

  • January 18, 2021

    Joan Chittister is a main presenter at “Renaissance,” the 2021 Spiritual Directors International Virtual Conference, April 20-25. Click here to listen to her thoughts on spiritual companionship. 

Spirituality Resources

Lent 2021: To Live Anew

Lent 2021

“Lent is a summons to live anew,” writes Joan Chittister. But how do you do that?

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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