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Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB

Monday, July 27, 2020
02:00pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly

Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of this age. For over 40 years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community.  Courageous, passionate, and charged with energy, she is a much-sought after speaker, commentator, counselor, and clear voice across all religions.

A Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA, Sister Joan is an international lecturer and award-winning author of 60 books. She has won 16 Catholic Press Association awards as well as numerous awards for her work for justice, peace, and equality, especially for women, in church and in society. Her latest book, The Time is Now: a call for uncommon courage, was published by Random House in spring 2019 and quickly become a best-seller.

Sister Joan is an international and national lecturer who has been a guest on “Super Soul Sunday” with Oprah Winfrey in 2015 and in 2019. Additionally, she has been an interview guest on countless podcasts, radio programs, and for magazines and documentaries.  A founding member of The Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, she works to develop a worldwide network of women peace builders. As co-chair of this group she has facilitated gatherings of spiritual leaders throughout the world in an effort to spread an interfaith commitment to peace building, equality and justice for all peoples.

Sister Joan has served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of the leaders/superiors of Catholic religious women in the US, and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years.  A regular online columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her work as well as 12 honorary degrees from US colleges and universities.

Sister Joan received her Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate from Penn State University in Speech Communications Theory.  In 1996 she was an elected fellow at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University, and the Von Huegel lecturer there.  She is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality located in Erie.  She is one of Chautauqua’s treasures, having presented lectures at Chautauqua for over 30 years.

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