Sister Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, PhD, is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our time. For more than 30, years she has asked the most critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate, and charged with energy, she is a sought-after international speaker and clear voice across all religions. She has received widespread recognition for her work for justice, peace, and equality, especially for women in the church and in society.

A member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joan Chittister is the author of more than 40 books. Her most recent books include Happiness and Monastery of the Heart. She is a regular online columnist for both the National Catholic Reporter and the Huffington Post.

Joan Chittister serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the United Nations that facilitates a worldwide network of women peace builders. She is also helping to develop a program, Monasteries of the Heart, to enable lay groups to live Benedictine spirituality in a contemporary way. She is founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality.

What People are Saying About This Person

“Joan Chittister has been one of America’s key visionary spiritual voices for more than thirty years.”

“A prophetic voice that is desperately needed in our troubled time.”—Karen Armstrong, author

“In over 50 years as a Benedictine nun, Sister Joan Chittister has emerged as a powerful and uncomfortable voice in Roman Catholicism and in global politics. If women were ordained in the Catholic Church in our lifetime, some say Joan Chittister would be the first female bishop.”
—American Public Media