The Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners was initiated in 2006 in response to numerous requests for spiritual
materials from prison chaplains and individual prisoners. Each year over $60,000 worth of FREE publications
by Sister Joan Chittister are sent to prison chaplains and volunteers ministering in 90 prisons across the
United States. The Fund is in close contact with this network of chaplains who personally distribute the
materials received. Individual requests from those in prison are also honored.

The Fund is especially intent on getting the monthly publication,
The Monastic Way by Joan Chittister, into the
prisons because chaplains find this interfaith resource ideal for personal and group reflection.

The Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners depends on the support of individual donations.
Please donate now.  CLICK HERE.
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Prisoners are the
most forgotten
people in society
and the least
served in

For all our
sakes, I’d like
to change that.
—Joan Chittister

How are the materials used?

Our materials are used in classes, for individual
reflection and prayer, in group discussions, for
retreats. Here is a sampling of uses:

  • a few prison chaplains are offering a journal
    workshops and each of the women who
    signs up receives a Joan Chittister Journal

  • The Monastic Way is used by thousands of
    prisoners for daily inspiration and prison
    prayer groups use it as their text

  • at least six prisons have started lay
    Benedictine communities, Monasteries of
    the Heart, and another 12 chaplains are in
    a pilot-training program to implement similar
    monastic communities in prison using
    materials provided by the Fund

How can you help?
Please consider an Individual Gift—no amount is
too small or insignificant. For a donation of $12, we
can give a person in prison a one-year subscription
to The Monastic Way.

Group Gift or Sponsorship—as a parish, community,
small group or family make a donation of $100 or

Sister Joan meets with women who represent thousands of
prisoners around the country who receive free materials
through the Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners.
In this short video, Barbara Redmond and Jane Eggleston,
Prison Ministry Volunteers from Corona, CA, speak of how
important you are to their outreach to those in prison.
Are you a prison chaplain or
volunteer? Contact us for information
on receiving free spirituality materials
for your ministry.

Contact Prison Liaisons:
Sister Rosanne Lindal Hynes or
Sister Mary Ellen Plumb
Call: 814-459-9224
— for I was in prison
and you visited me.
(Mt. 25:36)

Have you never
been in prison?

Never been
by your fears,
your embarrassments,
your humiliations,
you inadequacies?

if you have
you know that
then, only those
who “visit” you
can make a difference.
Joan Chittister
Read Sister
full message
from the
2014 Appeal
in support of
the Fund for

For a donation
of only $12
we will send
a one-year
Monastic Way
to a prisoner.
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