Monasteries of the Heart

When you become a member of Monasteries of the Heart you receive free weekly practices that can help you develop a monastic spirituality—prayer, lectio (reflective reading), good works, study and community. You also receive free inspirational words each week from three monastic blogs, including one by Sister Joan Chittister. And you join a worldwide community whose members discuss meaningful issues and are intent on impacting the times.

A Seeker's Path

By Joan Chittister

Sayings of the Desert Monastics

At the end of the day, one thing counts: my relationship with the God whose word and whose will creates me, sustains me and guides me through life. When I get to the point that all of my responses to life come out of that deep inner well...

Sample Lectio

Sit with this icon, Romero by Robert Lentz, in a prayerful setting. What does the icon say to me? What feelings or thoughts does it evoke? What is God’s message for me as I reflect on it?

In addition to new weekly content, Monasteries of the Heart offers regular online courses, retreats and book discussions. While some of this curriculum content is free, many of the courses and retreats have a small fee. Courses and retreats usually include several emails a week, exclusive video or audio content and a facilitated discussion.

Course or Retreat in session now

Instruction on monastic spirituality and way of life is essential if members of Monasteries of the Heart are to carry forward and keep alive the ancient Benedictine tradition.

Initial Monastic Formation for New Members
Study based on the book
The Monastery of the Heart by Joan Chittister

Chapter 10: Direction and Counsel

This next chapter on the living of community in monastic life, Chapter 10, on Direction and Counsel may well open you to a whole new way to look at leadership and...

October 3, 2016

Next Course or Retreat to be offered

Four to six courses and retreats are offered each year at Monasteries of the Heart. This is our next online offering.

Joan Chittister Live Webinar: Women and Moral Leadership

Do you find the misogyny filling our news cycle shocking? Sister Joan will help us recognize its roots—so that we can address it head on—in "Women and Moral Leadership."

Join Joan Chittister for “Women and Moral Leadership,” a live- streamed webinar, as she articulates why church and society are locked in a leadership crisis in an era when we have never needed vision more. Joan Chittister will address impacting questions such as: