Joan Chittister, OSB
Co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women
April 15, 2010
Women, War and Peacemaking
Joan Chittister, OSB, is an internationally acclaimed writer and lecturer who has held positions of religious leadership among women in the Catholic Church for over 30 years, including serving 12 years as prioress of her Benedictine community In Erie, PA. She holds a doctorate from Penn State University, as well as 12 honorary doctorates. In the past decade alone she received the Award of Excellence from the Religion Communicators Council, the National Indie Excellence Book Award, the Hans Kung Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State University.
Sister Joan was named a Top Spiritual Leader of 2009 by the White Wing Report, and has been recognized by the Notre Dame Alumni Association with the Women's Award of Achievement, plus an award for Furthering the Cause of Women in the Church from U.S. Catholic Magazine. She has been sought out as a guest commentator and panelist for NBC, PBS and the BBC, and writes a regular column, "From Where I Stand," in the National Catholic Reporter.
Last year Sister Joan participated in the Parliament of the World's Religions, Melbourne, Australia; Women, Faith and Development Summit to End Global Poverty also in Melbourne; the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, International; and served on the TED prize-sponsored Council of Sages Ð an interfaith group working on developing a Charter for Compassion to be shared worldwide with all faith organizations.