A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joan Chittister is a best-selling author and well-known international lecturer on topics of justice, peace, human rights, women's issues and contemporary spirituality in the church and in society. She presently serves as the co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the United Nations, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, especially in the Middle East. Chittister has won 14 CPA awards for her books. Her most recent include Between the Dark and the Daylight (Random House), Two Dogs and a Parrot (Blue Bridge, 2015) and In God’s Holy Light (Franciscan Media, 2015). A biography, Joan Chittister: Her journey from certainty to faith, by NCR’s Tom Roberts, was released in 2015 by Orbis Books. Chittister is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource center for contemporary spirituality in Erie.

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And a little child shall lead them

From Where I Stand: The tradition of marching on Washington, D.C., to express political and social opinions is being carried on by our nation's young people, whose demands are for gun control to stop the kind of shootings that killed 17 people Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.


Francis invites change, but we are the change

Francis at Five Years: Five years ago, we moved from one style of church to another. Gone were the images of finger-waving popes, stories of theological investigations, and the public scoldings and excommunications of people who dared to question the ongoing value of old ways.


Chittister calls for formal censure of President Trump

From Where I Stand: President Donald Trump's insult of black countries ​touches our integrity as a nation. I believe that if we do not as a people say "Enough!" now, we will regret it for years.


Let the call be heard

From Where I Stand: The question of the day is a simple but potentially life-changing one: Why would anyone even bother to get attached to a Benedictine monastery?