Sister Joan Chittister
Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of this age. For over thirty years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community, and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. Courageous, passionate, and energetic, she is a much-sought-after speaker, commentator, and clear voice across all religions.
A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Sister Joan is the author of over forty-five books—her latest, Following the Path: The Search for Passion, Purpose, and Joy.
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. She has facilitated gatherings of spiritual leaders throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Far East, and Europe in an effort to spread an interfaith commitment to peace-building, equality, and justice for all peoples.
Her web column, “From Where I Stand,” in the National Catholic Reporter is routinely reprinted on Huffington Post, other websites, newsletters, and magazines.
She earned her doctorate at Penn State University, her Master’s at University of Notre Dame. She was an elected-fellow of St. Edmunds College, Cambridge University.