Global Sisters Report posts article about the Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality

Breanna Mekuly and Jacqueline Small share the highlights of the first annual Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality in an article published July 18 as part of the Global Sisters Report. Both women were integrally involved in the preparation and unfolding of the two-week summer intensive that welcomed a group of nine female Catholic graduate students or recent graduates of masters programs in divinity, theology or related fields.

The subject of this year’s program, “A Feminist Benedictine Option,” fostered discussions focused on monasticism and women through the lens of Sister Joan’s work. Sister Joan says monasticism “is as much a way of seeing and working and living as it is a way of praying. It is a spiritual vision that affects a person's whole style of life,” by basing every day in praise, humility, stewardship, labor, and community.

Click here to read the article: Young women ask difficult questions to challenge church at recent Joan Chittister institute. It includes reflections from two of the participants.

Global Sisters Report (GSR) is an independent and non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Since this groundbreaking project was launched in 2014 by NCR (National Catholic Reporter) GSR has built a global network of journalists to report the stories of sisters, their ministries and the people they serve.

[Breanna Mekuly works with the Benedictine Sisters at Emmaus Ministries and with Sr. Joan Chittister's ministries. Jacqueline Small, Oblate, works for Monasteries of the Heart and Benetvision.]