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Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister
Born (1936-04-26) April 26, 1936
Leet Township, PA, USA
Residence Erie, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Penn State University
Title Roman Catholic nun
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website .org.joanchittisterwww

Sister Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B. (born 1936) is a Benedictine nun,[1] author[2] and speaker.[3]


  • Biography 1
  • Bibliography 2
    • Recent publications 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A member of the Benedictine Sisters of [4]

Penn State University, in State College, PA, opened the Joan D. Chittister Literary Archives in September 2015 and an exhibit of her works will be on display in the Paterno Library through December.


She has authored over 50 books and over 700 articles in numerous journals and magazines including: America, US Catholic, Sojourners, Spirituality (Dublin) and The Tablet (London). She is a regular contributor to and and has appeared on Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday" in March 2015 and on "Meet the Press" and "NOW with Bill Moyers." Her latest books, Two Dogs and a Parrot (BlueBridge) and In God's Holy Light (Franciscan Media) were released in September 2015.

Recent publications

The first biography of Sister Joan was released by Orbis Books in October 2015, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts.

Joan Chittister: Essential Writings a compilation of the best from her books, articles and speeches, was published by Orbis Books in August 2014. (ed. Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, Mary Hembrow Snyder, PhD)

  • Two Dogs and a Parrot, BlueBridge. (2015).
  • In God's Holy Light, Franciscan Media: Cincinnati, OH (2015).
  • Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life, Image Books: Colorado Springs, CO (2015)
  • Our Holy Yearnings, Twenty-Third Publications. (2014)
  • A Passion for Life, (New release) Orbis. (2013)
  • For Everything a Season, (New release of There is a Season), Orbis. (2013)
  • The Way of the Cross, Orbis Books: Maryknoll, NY (2013)
  • The Sacred In-Between, Twenty-Third Publications. (2013)
  • Art of Life, Twenty-Third Publications. (2012)
  • Following the Path: the search for passion, purpose and joy, Random House: New York (2012)
  • Happiness, Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, MI. (2011), Novalis: Toronto, ON. (2011)
  • The Radical Christian Life, Liturgical Press. (2011)
  • The Monastery of the Heart, BlueBridge. (2011)
  • God's Tender Mercy, Twenty-Third Publications: Mystic, CT. (2010), Novalis: Toronto, ON. (2010)
  • The Rule of Benedict: a spirituality for the 21st century, Revised edition, Crossroad Publications (2010)
  • Uncommon Gratitude, Liturgical Press: Collegeville, MN. (2010)
  • The Liturgical Year, Thomas Nelson: Nashville, TN. (2009) ISBN 978-0-8499-4607-3
  • The Gift of Years, BlueBridge Publishers:New York, NY. (2008), Novalis: Toronto, ON (2008)

See also


  1. ^ "The Heart of the Rule of Benedict with Joan Chittister". Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  2. ^ "NCR Author Profile". NCR. 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  3. ^ "Asia Pacific Breakthrough - Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B.". Vimeo. 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  4. ^ "Benetvision: A Point of View with the Future in Mind". Retrieved 2010-12-26. 

External links

  • Joan Chittister's website
  • Monasteries of the Heart
  • Benedictine Sisters of Erie
  • NOW with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers talks with Joan Chittister.
  • Works by or about Joan Chittister in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • "NPR Interview: Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen."
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