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Joan Chittister, OSB
Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leader of our times. For 40 years she has put her
energy into advocating for the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate and charged with energy,
she is a much sought after speaker, counselor and clear voice across all religions. A best-selling author of more than 50 books,
columnist and noted international lecturer, she has received numerous honors for her work on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s
issues and church renewal. She currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN,
and was an advisor for the groundbreaking report, “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver.

She is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA, and the animating force behind Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based
movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and
research center for contemporary spirituality.

Extended Biography
Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leader of our times. For 40 years she has put her
energy into advocating for the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate and charged with energy,
she is a much sought after speaker, counselor and clear voice across all religions. A best-selling author of more than 50 books,
columnist and noted international lecturer, she has received numerous honors for her work on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s
issues and church renewal.

She currently 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, particularly in Israel and Palestine. She was an adviser for the groundbreaking report, A Woman’s
Nation, led by Maria Shriver (2009) and was a member of the TED prize-sponsored Council of Sages, an interfaith group that developed
a Charter for Compassion (2009) being promulgated worldwide with all faith organizations.

She was a keynote speaker at the Asia-Pacific Breakthrough: Women, Faith and Development Summit to End Global Poverty as well as
the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia last December. She wrote the book Beyond Beijing: the next step for
women, after attending the Fourth UN Conference of Women in Beijing (1995) and the book: Heart of Flesh: a feminist spirituality for
men and women.

Sister Joan appeared with the Dali Lama at both the First Emory (University) Summit of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding and at the
conference Seeds of Compassion. She was the coordinator of The Rising Great Compassion, an interfaith retreat for monastic women
at Dharma Drum Mountain Center in Taiwan.
 
A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, she served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an
organization of the leaders/superiors of the over 67,000 Catholic religious women in the US, president of the Conference of American
Benedictine Prioresses, and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years. Sister Joan received her doctorate from Penn
State University in speech communications theory.

She is the animating force behind Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with
contemporary seekers, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality.
CURRENT POSITIONS
Author – 50 books
Columnist  From Where I Stand (National Catholic Reporter);
Regular blogger for Huffington Post  
International Lecturer
Animating force for Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers
Executive Director, Benetvision: Research and Resource Center for Contemporary Spirituality
International Committee for the Peace Council, 1995-present
Co-Chair, The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, 2002-present
Board of Directors, Emmaus Ministries, Inc.
Member, Council of Conscience for the Charter of Compassion, 2008-present  
Member, Faith and Reason Advisory Board – 2000-present
Abrahamic Advisory Committee, Chautauqua Institution, 2006-present

HONORS AND AWARDS
Honorary Doctorates:
Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH  
St. Michael College, Colchester, VT
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL
Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

St. Leo College, St. Leo, FL
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Loyola University, Chicago, IL
St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Villa Maria College, Erie, PA
Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA

Catholic Press Association Awards:
The Monastery of the Heart, 2012 (2)
Happiness, 2012
God’s Tender Mercy, 2011.
The Gift of Years, 2009.
Welcome to the Wisdom of the World, 2008
The Way We Were, 2006
Called to Question, 2005
In the Heart of the Temple, 2005
Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope, 2004
The Friendship of Women, 2001
A Passion for Life, 1997
There is a Season, 1996


2013 – Spirit, Faith and Action Award, feminist.com        
2012 – Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award
2011 – Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Clubs International.
2010 – Call to Action-PA-21st Century Prophet Award
2010 – 2010 Retailer’s Choice Award-Christian Retailers, The Liturgical Year
2008 – Award of Excellence, “30 Good Minutes,” Religion Communicators Council
2007 – Hans Kung Award, Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
2007 - Outstanding Leadership Award, Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)
2007 - National Indie Excellence Book Award for The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart.
2006 - Gold Aurora Award for "30 Good Minutes" - Excellence in film and video industries.

2005 - Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Award, University of Notre Dame Alumni Association
2005 - The Best Spirituality Books of 2004, for In the Heart of the Temple; Spirituality and Health magazine.
2004 - Associated Church Press, Seasonal Article, Honorable Mention for US Catholic cover story: "Can You Rise to the Easter
Challenge?"
2003 - Best General Interest Award for 2003, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope. Association of Theological Booksellers.
2003 - Clare Award, Clinton Franciscans, Clinton, IA.
2002 - Hildegard of Bingen Women for the World Award, St. Scholastica Academy, Chicago,IL.

2002 - Mary Rhodes Award, Loretto Women’s Network, Kansas City, MO.
2001 - Thomas Merton Award, Merton Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
2001 - Ketteler Award for Social Justice, Sisters of Divine Providence, Allison Park, PA.
2001 - Spiritual Questions for the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Joan D. Chittister, a Festschrift edited by Mary Hembrow-Snyder.
2000 - Presidential Citation, Xavier University.

2000 - Distinguished Alumni Award, Penn State University.
1999 - Jean Harris Award, Rotary International.
1999 - Global Education Associates -Religious Orders Partnership, Recognition of Leadership and Initiative in directing GEA-ROP.
1999 - Service to Society Award, Penn State University Alumni Society.
1999 - Annual Kino Award, Kino Institute, Phoenix, AZ.
1997 - Notre Dame Alumni Association Women's Award of Achievement

1996 - National Ethics Award, Summit on Christian Ethics, Washington, DC.
1996 - Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women, Harrisburg, PA.
1994 - Ruth Bayley Peace Award, Peacelinks, Pittsburgh, PA.
1994 - Catherine of Alexandria Award, St. Catherine's College, MN.
1992 - U.S. Catholic Award for Furthering the Cause of Women in the Church. U.S. Catholic Magazine, Chicago, IL.

1992 - Catharine of Siena Award, Congregation of St. Catharine of Siena of the Dominican Sisters
of Springfield, KY.
1991 - Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA.
1990 - Pope Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award, Pax Christi National Assembly.
1989 - Woman of the Year Award, Women's Roundtable, Erie, PA.
1986 - Distinguished Alumna of the Year, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA.

1984 - "Distinguished Pennsylvanian." The William Penn Society, Gannon University, Erie, PA.
1976 - "Promotion of Religious Life," Serra Club International.

PAST POSITIONS
President, Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), 1976-77
President, Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, 1974-90
President, Federation of St. Scholastica, 1971-78
Prioress, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, 1978-90
U.S. Councilor-Delegate, International Union of Superiors General, 1982-86
Executive Board, Ecumenical and Cultural Institute, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, 1976-96

Board of Directors, National Catholic Reporter, 1983-2000
Board of Directors, Alliance for International Monasticism, (AIM) 1990-2000
Executive Director, Alliance for International Monasticism, (AIM) 1990-91
Co-Chair, US Catholic Committee, Project Global 2000, Global Education Associates, 1991-94
Member, Board of Trustees, Global Education Associates, 1981-93

Member, Home Rule Charter Review Committee, Erie County Council, 1988-90
Member, Board of Corporators, Hamot Health Systems, Inc., 1984-88
Member, International Monastic Commission for the celebration of the Sesquimillennium of Benedictinism, 1978-80
Board of Corporators, St. Vincent Foundation for Health and Human Services, 1986-2000
Board of Trustees, Erie Community Foundation, 1993-2002.
Member, Niwano Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan, 2003-2006; Vice-Chair 2004-2006

BOOKS/LARGE BOOKLETS
Desert Spaces, (large booklet) Benetvision, 2014
The Sacred In-Between, Twenty-Third Publications, 2013.
The Way of the Cross, Orbis Books, 2013, Art by Janet McKenzie
For Everything a Season, Orbis Books, 2013 (reprint of There is a Season–without art)
God Speaks in Many Tongues, Benetvision, 2013.
The Art of Life. Twenty-Third Publications, 2012.
Aspects of the Heart: The Many Paths to a Good Life. Twenty Third Publications, 2012.
Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy. Image, 2012.
Happiness. Eerdmans, 2011.
The Radical Christian Life. Liturgical Press, 2011.
Songs of the Heart. Twenty-Third Publications, 2011.
The Monastery of the Heart. Blue Bridge, 2011.
The  Rule of Benedict: a spirituality for the 21st century. Crossroad, 2010. (Revision of The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages,
1992, Crossroad).
God’s Tender Mercy: reflections on forgiveness. Twenty-Third Publications, 2010.
Uncommon Gratitude. With Rowan Williams, Liturgical Press, 2010.

40 Stories to Stir the Soul (large booklet) Benetvision, 2010.
A Monastery Almanac. (large booklet) Benetvision, 2010.
The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life. Thomas Nelson, 2009.
Daily Gospel, 2010. Claretians, Madrid, Spain, 2009.  Simultaneously published in Spanish, Caralan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish,
Tagalog, Visayan and Chinese).
The Breath of the Soul: reflections on prayer. Twenty-Third Publications, 2009.  Spanish
The Fine Art of Living. (large booklet) Benetvision, 2009.
The Cry of the Prophet. (large booklet) Benetvision, 2009
Joan Chittister: In My Own Words. ed. Kownacki, Liguori, 2008.
The Gift of Years: growing older gracefully. BlueBridge. 2008. Published in Spanish, Dutch. Audio book: St. Anthony Messenger Press.

Welcome to the Wisdom of the World: and its meaning for you. Wm. B. Eerdmans 2007. Published in Portuguese, German, Korean.
25 Windows Into the Soul: praying with the psalms, Benetvision, 2007.
The Ten Commandments: laws of the heart. Orbis Books, 2006. Published in Spanish, Italian, Korean, French.
In Search of Belief. Triumph Books, 2006 (Reprint of 1999 original.) Published in French.
The Tent of Abraham, Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims. With Chishti, Waskow Beacon Press. 2006.
Published in Spanish.
The Friendship of Women: the hidden tradition of the Bible. BlueBridge/Benetvision, 2006 (Revision and expansion of The Friendship
of Women: a spiritual tradition, Benetvision, 2000; Published in German). Published in French, Spanish.
How Shall We Live. Benetvision, 2006.

The Way We Were: a story of conversion and renewal. Orbis Books, 2005. Published in French, Spanish.
Becoming Fully Human: the greatest glory of God. Sheed & Ward, 2005. Published in Spanish.
In the Heart of the Temple: my spiritual vision for today’s world. BlueBridge, 2004. (Revision and expansion of New Designs,
Benetvision, 2002, Published in         Spanish.)  Published in French.
Called to Question: a spiritual memoir. Sheed & Ward, 2004. Published in Spanish.
Listen With the Heart: sacred moments in everyday life. Sheed & Ward, 2003. Published in Spanish.
Twelve Steps to Inner Freedom: humility revisited. Benetvision, 2003. Published in Spanish.
Scarred by Struggle; Transformed by Hope. Wm. B. Eerdmans 2003. Published in French, Italian, Korean.
Seeing With Our Souls: monastic wisdom for everyday. Sheed & Ward, 2002. Published in Spanish.

Living Well: scriptural reflections for every day. Orbis Books, 2000.
Life Ablaze: a woman’s novena. Sheed & Ward, 2000. (Reprint of booklet, Benetvision, 1997).  Published in German.
The Story of Ruth: twelve moments in every woman's life. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000. Published in Spanish, Chinese, Korean.
Illuminated Life: monastic wisdom for seekers of light. Orbis Books, 2000. Published in French, Spanish, Italian, Korean.
Gospel Days: reflections for every day of the year. Orbis Books, 1999. Published in Spanish.

Heart of Flesh: a feminist spirituality for women and men. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1998.
Light in the Darkness: new reflections on the psalms. Crossroad, 1998.
Songs of Joy: new meditations on the psalms. Crossroad, 1997.
A Passion for Life: fragments of the face of God. Orbis Books, 1996.
Beyond Beijing: the next step for women. Sheed & Ward, 1996.
The Psalms: meditations for every day of the year. Crossroad, 1996.

The Fire in these Ashes: a spirituality of contemporary religious life. Sheed & Ward, 1995. Published in French, Italian, Spanish,
Dutch, Portuguese, German.
There is a Season. Orbis Books, 1995.
In a High Spiritual Season. Triumph Books, 1995. Published in London and India, as Seasons of Life.

The Rule of Benedict: insights for the ages. Crossroad, 1992. Published in the United Kingdom, and in  Spanish, German.
Womanstrength: modern church, modern women. Sheed & Ward, 1990.
Job's Daughters: women and power. Paulist Press, 1990.
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: living the rule of St. Benedict today. Harper, 1990. Published in Spanish, Portuguese.

Winds of Change: women challenge the church. Sheed & Ward, 1986.
Psalm Journal I and II. Sheed & Ward, 1985.
Women, Ministry and the Ministry. Paulist Press, 1983.
Faith and Ferment: an interdisciplinary study of Christian beliefs and practices. with Marty, Augsburg Press and Liturgical Press, 1983.
Living the Rule Today: a series of conferences on the Rule of Benedict, Benet Press, 1982.
Climb Along the Cutting Edge an analysis of change in religious life. Chittister et al, Paulist Press, 1977.

BOOKS PUBLISHED IN SPANISH
Spanish: Sal Terrae,  www.salterrae.es
40 cuentos para reavivar el espiritu (40 Stories to Stir the Soul)
El aliento del alma: reflexiones sobre la oracion (Breath of the Soul: reflections on prayer)
Ser mujer en la Iglesia: memorias espirituales (Called to Question)
El Fuego en estas Cenizas (Fire in These Ashes)
La Amistad Femenina (Friendship of Women: the hidden tradition of the bible)
El don de los anos (The Gift of Years)
El Evangelio, día a día (Gospel Days)
La Felicidad (Happiness)
La Vida Illuminada (Illuminated Life)
Escuchar con el corazon (Listen with the Heart)
El Ano Liturgico (Liturgical Year)
Odres Nuevos (New Designs)
La Regla de San Benito: vocación de eternidad (The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages)
Los Diez Mandamientos (Ten Commandments)
Doce pasos hacia la libertad interior (Twelve Steps to Inner Freedom)
Vive agradeciendo (Uncommon Gratitude)

Ediciones Sigueme, Salamanca, Spain
Doce Momentos En La Vida De Toda Mujer, (The Story of Ruth)

Ediciones Schola, Mexico
Sabiduría destilada de lo cotidiano (Wisdom Distilled from the Daily)

San Pablo, Bogota, Colombia
Llamada a cuestionar: una autobiografia espiritual, (Called to Question)

Lumen, Argentina
Ser Humano en Plenitud  (Becoming Fully Human)
Ver con el alma: sabiduria monastica para cada dia (Seeing With Our Souls)
La tiendra de Abraham, (The Tent of Abraham)

Publicaciones Claretianas, Madrid
Tal Como Eramos, una historia de cambio y renovacion, (The Way We Were)

Benetvision and Pax Christi USA, USA
Portal Hacis la Resurreccion, (Gateway to Resurrection)
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