Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister, OSB (1936- ) is a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA. She is the author of over 50 books--and has won fourteen Catholic Press Association Awards for them. In September 2015 two books by Sister Joan were published, as well as her first biography. She authored: Two Dogs and a Parrot (BlueBridge) and In God's Holy Light (Franciscan Media). The biography is by Tom Roberts--Joan Chittister: Her Journey From Certainty to Faith (Orbis). Last spring Random House published: Between the Dark and the Daylight and in the fall of 2014 Orbis Books released--Joan Chittister: The Essential Writings, which is a collection of the best from her many books, interviews and articles. Sister Joan is an international speaker who inspires both her audiences and readers with her passion for justice, equality and peace, especially for women in both society and the church. She is a regular web columnist for the National Catholic Reporter ( and Huffington Post ( Her PhD is from Penn State University in Speech-Communication Theory, where her literary archives are now housed. An opening exhibit of her works will be on display there at the Paterno Library through December 2015. Her masters is from the University of Notre Dame. She serves as Executive Director of Benetvision, a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality. See the website to follow her upcoming speaking engagements and latest news.
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