Joan Chittister

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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An open letter to patriots to make America American again

The questions we don't ask are the reasons we can't change anything

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton: When failing to succeed is success

Where both Jacob and Hagar are signs of the will of God

Where are we getting our values these days?

It's up to us. When will we figure that out?

Nothing really changed after Vatican II. But synodality may make a difference.

It's not the light we're missing; it's the focus

The magnet of the age vs. the foundation of the age

That we all may be ... what? 'E pluribus unum' is hard to find today

Behold I am doing something new ... maybe

The leadership we wanted and the leadership we got

About prayers and principles, and the politicians we elect

Will religious life rise again — and should it?

Love is the essence of religious community life

What the US needs most right now, what we lack, is community

Me? Be a sister? You're not serious.

'I thought of religious life, but feared I wouldn't make it'

What are we seeking? Old orders or new? Or not at all?

Happy are those who are willing to be persecuted themselves for justice