About Sister Joan

Joan Chittister, OSB

Joan Chittister, OSB, is an internationally renowned writer and lecturer and one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of this age. Sister Joan serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders.

She has written 50 books and many articles on women’s issues, spirituality, human rights, peace, and justice. Her articles have appeared in Sojourners, America, U.S. Catholic, and The Huffington Post, and she writes a regular blog for the National Catholic Reporter.

She is a past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses. She served as the prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years. Her work on behalf of justice, peace and equality for women in church and society has been recognized by numerous national, church and academic institutions.

Sister Joan is executive director of Benetvision, a resource center for spirituality, and the guiding force of Monasteries of the Heart, a movement to develop a new expression of Benedictine spirituality for our times.

She earned her master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate at Pennsylvania State University. Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

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