Monday, January 20, 2014


Since it's still January and, hopefully, most of us have stopped writing or thinking that it's 2013 and have adjusted to our new January calendar pages, here's a photo that I think fits with the first month of the year.

In 1993, when I first joined Benetvision Publications, which was then called Pax Publications, the staff was just putting the finishing touches on its first wall calendar (1994). I don't remember how many copies were printed, maybe 500? The years passed and the calendar continued, getting better and better each year. I'd guess they print more than 3,000 now.

Here, in the monastery's first floor room that presents a variety of Joan Chittister's literary archive material, is a new display that we put up during this "change your calendars" time--all the Benetvision wall calendars, featuring Joan's writings and photographs by our sisters, oblates and friends. Kind of awesome to see them all in one place!

Twenty years of Benetvision calendars. The first one is on the second shelf from the bottom, second from the left (blue border). 2013's is in the second row from the top, second from the right (purple iris). 2014 isn't there--hopefully it is in your homes!