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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To become humility itself

What we say, how we say it, matters

When is funny not funny?

A little less talk, a little more thought

To grow, not to fossilize

Inferiority brings freedom

It is possible to be contented

Self-revelation makes us new again

Society profits from the power of patience

Growth of soul is in relation to others

Our differences will make the difference

Saving Western civilization — again

Trump destabilizes the presidency

COP24 and moral maturity

Change will require getting at deep roots