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Sister Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of this age. For over thirty years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community, and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. Courageous, passionate, and energetic, she is a much-sought-after speaker, commentator, and clear voice across all religions.

A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Sister Joan is the author of over forty-five books—her latest, Following the Path: The Search for Passion, Purpose, and Joy.

A founding member of The Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, she works to develop a worldwide network of women peace-builders. She has facilitated gatherings of spiritual leaders throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Far East, and Europe in an effort to spread an interfaith commitment to peace-building, equality, and justice for all peoples.

Her web column, “From Where I Stand,” in the National Catholic Reporter is routinely reprinted on Huffington Post, other websites, newsletters, and magazines.

She earned her doctorate at Penn State University, her Master’s at University of Notre Dame. She was an elected-fellow of St. Edmunds College, Cambridge University.

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  4. Dale Pukallus says:

    Some years ago in Brisbane Australia I came across a book – perhaps written by yourself? – that contained some poetry and prose related to the subject of suffering and dying. I was particularly drawn to a verse along the lines of “the people I have known and friends I have made . . .”
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  5. Mary bennett says:

    Thank you sister Joan some of the most effective compassionate people I knew are female, the church still is resolutely a patriarchal hirearchy and dispite the fact the body of the church is female the head remains male. Women like your self ably demonstrate that we have the ability to transform this. Mary

  6. rose marie zammit says:

    Would like to read The gift of Years

  7. Sharon Lawler says:

    This is the most meaningful “sermon” I have heard in over 20 years! Very substantial in thought, and I would like to listen to Sister Joan Chittister on a regular basis. She doesn’t talk down to her audience, and you come away with a ideas to help you grow spiritually. Is her column still published?

  8. Irene Kubitsky says:

    Dear Sr. Joan,
    In your new vision of God from the scriptures of Science, do you see a God who suffers with us on this earth? Is this God all powerful and how does that reconcile with God suffering with us as humans endure injustice? I am inspired by your talks but wish to hear what you read to lead you to the God you spoke about in your talk.

    Thank you,


  9. Andrea says:

    I loved the talk! Great use of the stories, developing ideas and challenges that illuminate.

  10. Linda Mayhew says:

    Cyndi, I was shocked at your response and I am very sorry for you that you feel that you are less then half the people on earth. It must be a very depressing way to live your life. I found the sisters speech inspiring and meaningful and I hope to hear much more from her in the future.

  11. Cindi V says:

    I’m sorry – but you are disgusting as a feminist preaching ridiculous theories. Good luck being equal. We are not equal. We are different. There is such thing as hierarchy in nature whether or not you choose to believe in it. I know that you despise your God-given place in this world, but you shouldn’t be preaching lies to other women.

    • HKBooks says:

      Cindi how sad your response. I find Sr. Joan’s talk so relevant in our society today. How can you not look at this world and see that women are beginning to find their voices after years of being made to think they are lower on the hierachy. God has a plan and Sr. Joan is very much a part of that plan as she speaks to the women of this world.

      • Trish+ says:

        Cyndi… hatred is not a Christian value. No one is questioning the existence of ‘heirarchy’ in the world, and let us all remember that truly, Jesus “lorded over” NO ONE. Choose to build the body of Christ with disagreement that honors the value of everyone involved, and that may well be as close to Jesus as we can come in our human weaknesses.

    • Jackie says:

      Cindi – It has always seemed to me that when an individual is incapable of affording another individual a difference of opinion, they feel threatened by the insights of those opinions. It is easier to call them “lies” than to do some internal examination (moral inventory) as to why they affected us so dramatically. This comes down to a matter of respecting a person’s right to a different perspective without degradation. Debasing another individual is a reflection of one’s own moral character regardless of gender. If you are at the pinnacle of your hierarchy, then you must be very lonely in a world that challenges equality in far more areas than gender. This doesn’t mean it isn’t incumbant upon us to strive for equal distribution of what God has given us responsibility to humanity. Try “listening with the ear of your heart” instead of the chaotic commotion of your head.