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

Be not lax in celebrating...

My favorite line
Let us be an alive, burning offering
before the altar of God.

My reflection
The god-life, the spiritual life,
is not an "exercise."

It is...

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

Community: Sufficiency and Sharing

Community and its implications, however we define or live it, challenge us every day beyond our own world, our own needs and our own ideas to keep the other ever in mind -- while the need to...

December 12, 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

If you were given the chance to spend a month with one woman in history who could both challenge and inspire you, Mary of Nazareth would be a good choice. May is the month traditionally devoted to Mary and you can spend it with Joan Chittister as she takes a new look at the significant events in the life of Mary and Jesus. Sister Joan will introduce you to a woman who lived through difficult and trying circumstances but found the fingerprint of God in all of them.