Off to a great start

The first annual Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality is off to a wonderful start. Yesterday morning began with a conversation with Sister Joan, her biographer, Tom Roberts, and 9 eager and enthusiastic participants.

The subject of this year’s program is “A Feminist Benedictine Option,” and the discussions will focus 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.

The program, organized by the Benetvision staff (, is an opportunity for young women to broaden their thinking and deepen the understanding of monasticism, in the company of other young, female seekers and scholars who are grounded in feminism and Catholicism.