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Announcing the 2017 The Monastic Way

2017 Monastic Way by Joan Chittister
“To be able to look at something and imagine how to do it differently is the gift that frees the soul,” writes Joan Chittister. The 2017 The Monastic Way collection is about freeing the soul.

The insights of Joan Chittister, the words of Scripture and the bold and multifaceted art of our 2017 artist Ansgar Holmberg give you a new opportunity each month to see, think and construct your world differently—to discover how God dwells among us in surprising forms.
Here’s what you receive with an annual online subscription to The Monastic Way:
•   Twelve monthly electronic issues of this best-selling publication
•   A monthly email alerting you that a new issue has been posted
•   An attractive pdf version of the current month to print and/or download
•   A convenient home page with today’s reflection
•   An archive of past issues
•   Each entire issue on one web page for medium and large screens

All this for only $12.95/year

See the 2017 Joan Chittister Calendar that also features the artwork of Ansgar Holmberg. Makes a great companion gift!

Joan Chittister has been one of the church's key visionary voices and spiritual leaders in the post-Vatican II period, crisscrossing the globe to speak on behalf of women, peace and human rights. She is an eloquent preacher of the word and a prolific and widely-read author of more than 50 books.

Currently she serves as a co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, particularly in the Middle East.

Joan is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and Executive Director of Benetvision. She is the animator of Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement that shares Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers. Find Joan's newest publications here.

Ansgar Holmberg, a Sister of St. Joseph, strives through art to reflect her community’s call which is to love God and neighbor without distinction, that neighbor being all creation. An inclusive artist and illustrator, her paintings appear in numerous periodicals and publications and are found in parish communities, retreat centers, schools, homes, across the US, Canada, in Europe and Australia. Her art is influenced predominantly by her teacher in community, Sister Cyril Clare, and by her studies and work with her mentor Ade Bethune. Ideas flow from Scripture, neighborhood, experiences in other countries, someone’s chance remark, and the children she taught and whom she continues to teach through her illustrations for them.


Thank you for your May 2014 Monastic Way [with the theme "Every Day is Mother's Day"]. Being a 70-year-old married childless woman, Mother's Day has always had a sting. Your reflections give me a different direction to ponder, and I am grateful! We are ALL mothers! Physical motherhood is but one expression. God has blessed me in countless other ways, and those are the gifts I need to think about and NOT the one He didn't give. Thank you! — M.H.

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I want to thank you for your wonderful monthly pamphlet, The Monastic Way. I have been receiving it and reading it since December 2013. I love it! My cell mate gave me a copy and I've been hooked on it ever since. My 18-month prison journey is coming to an end soon and I wanted to thank you for publishing The Monastic Way. I read the spiritual messages every day. After I get a job I will subscribe so I can continue to receive it every month. — J.C.

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