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Positions, publications and awards

CURRENT POSITIONS
•Author of over 60 books
•Columnist “From Where I Stand” (National Catholic Reporter)
•Contributor 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
•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

Civic, Academic and Religious Awards (selected sample):
2019 - AIM (Advancing Image and Mission) Award by Communicators for Women Religious (CWR)
2017 - Athena Leadership Award, Erie Chapter of International Athena Organization, Erie, PA
2016 - The Spirit of Mary Magdalene Award, Call to Action Western Washington, Olympia Branch
2015 – Edward C. Doll Community Service Award, Erie Community Foundation, Erie
2014 – Thomas B. Hagen Dignitas Award, Jefferson Educational Society, Erie
2014 – Dedication of Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister and inauguration of annual Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series, Mercyhurst University, Erie
2013 – Spirit, Faith and Action Award, feminist.com
2011 – Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Clubs International.
2010 – Call to Action-PA-21st Century Prophet Award
2007 – Hans Kung Award, Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
2007 - Outstanding Leadership Award, Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)
2005 - Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Award, University of Notre Dame Alumni Association
2001 - Thomas Merton Award, Merton Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
2000 - Distinguished Alumni Award, Penn State University.
1997 - Notre Dame Alumni Association Women's Award of Achievement
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.

Catholic Press Association Awards:
Two Dogs and a Parrot, 2016
From Where I Stand, Blog, NCR 2016
The Way of the Cross, 2013
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
The Friendship of Women, 2001
A Passion for Life, 1997
There is a Season, 1996

Other Writing/Communication Awards:
2018 - January 2018 Book to Live By, for Radical Spirit, Women on Fire
2017 - Best Spirituality Books of 2017, for Radical Spirit, Spirituality and Practice Magazine
2017 - Best Books of 2017, for Radical Spirit, Spirituality and Health Magazine
2016 - Best Books of 2016, for Two Dogs and a Parrot, Spirituality and Health Magazine
2015 – The Best Spirituality Books of 2015, for Between the Dark and the Daylight, Spirituality and Practice
2015 – Illumination Book Award for Joan Chittister: Essential Writings
2015 - The Best Spirituality Books of 2014, for Joan Chittister: Essential Writings, Spirituality and Practice
2010 – 2010 Retailer’s Choice Award-Christian Retailers, The Liturgical Year
2008 – Award of Excellence, “30 Good Minutes,” Religion Communicators Council
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 - 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.

BOOKS BY JOAN CHITTISTER, OSB

 

BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY

  • Illuminated Life: monastic wisdom for seekers of light, Orbis
  • In God’s Holy Light: wisdom from the desert monastics, Franciscan Media
  • A Little Rule for Beginners: insights into Benedictine spirituality, Benetvision
  • Living the Rule Today: a series of conferences on the Rule of Benedict, Benet Press
  • The Monastery of the Heart: an invitation to a meaningful life, BlueBridge
  • A Radical Christian Life: a year with Saint Benedict, Liturgical Press
  • Radical Spirit: 12 ways to live a free and authentic life, Random House
  • The Rule of Benedict: a spirituality for the 21st century, Crossroad
  • Wisdom Distilled from Daily: living the Rule of Benedict today, Harper Collins

 

RELIGIOUS LIFE

  • The Fire in These Ashes: a spirituality of contemporary religious life, Rowman & Littlefield
  • The Way We Were: a story of conversion and renewal, Orbis
  • What are you looking for? seeking the God who is seeking you, Paulist Press

 

SET OF SMALL BOOKS FROM TWENTY-THIRD PUBLICATIONS

  • The Art of Life: monastic wisdom for every day
  • Aspects of the Heart: the many paths to a good life
  • The Breath of the Soul: reflections on prayer
  • God’s Tender Mercy: reflections on forgiveness
  • Our Holy Yearnings: life lessons for becoming our truest selves
  • The Sacred In-Between: spiritual wisdom for life’s every moment
  • Songs of the Heart: reflections on the psalms
  • We Are All One: reflections on unity, community and commitment to each other

 

CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUALITY

  • Becoming Fully Human: the greatest glory of God, Rowman & Littlefield
  • Between the Dark and the Daylight: embracing the contradictions of life, Random House
  • Beyond Beijing: the next step for women, Rowman & Littlefield
  • Called to Question: a spiritual memoir, Rowman & Littlefield

 

  • Following the Path: the search for a life of passion, purpose and joy, Random House
  • The Friendship of Women: the hidden tradition of the Bible, BlueBridge
  • From the Writings of Joan Chittister: On Women, Benetvision
  • The Gift of Years: growing older gracefully, Blue Bridge
  • Gospel Days: reflections for every day of the year, Orbis

 

  • Happiness, Eerdmans
  • Heart of Flesh: a feminist spirituality for women and men, Eerdmans
  • In the Heart of the Temple: my spiritual vision for today’s world, BlueBridge
  • In a High Spiritual Season, Liguori
  • In Search of Belief, Liguori
  • Job’s Daughters: women and power, Paulist 

 

  • Life Ablaze: a woman’s novena, Rowman & Littlefield
  • Light in the Darkness: new reflections on the psalms, Crossroad
  • Listen with the Heart: sacred moments in everyday life, Rowman & Littlefield
  • The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins
  • Living Well: scriptural reflections for every day, Orbis

 

  • A Passion for Life: fragments of the face of God, Orbis
  • The Psalms: meditations for every day of the year, Crossroad
  • Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope, Eerdmans
  • Seeing with Our Souls: monastic wisdom for every day, Rowman & Littlefield 
  • Songs of Joy: new meditations on the psalms, Crossroad
  • The Story of Ruth: twelve moments in every woman’s life, Eerdmans

 

  • The Ten Commandments: laws of the heart, Orbis
  • The Tent of Abraham: stories of hope and peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims, with Waskow and Chishti, Beacon Press.
  • There is a Season and For Everything a Season, Orbis
  • The Time Is Now: a call to uncommon courage, Random House
  • Two Dogs and a Parrot: what our animal friends can teach us about life, BlueBridge
  • Uncommon Gratitude, Liturgical Press

 

  • The Way of the Cross: the path to new life, Orbis
  • Welcome to the Wisdom of the World: and its meaning for you, Eerdmans
  • Winds of Change: women challenge the church, Roman & Littlefield
  • Womanstrength: modern church, modern women, Rowman & Littlefield
  • Women, Ministry and the Church, Paulist

 

BOOKS ABOUT JOAN CHITTISTER OR HER WRITINGS

  • Dear Joan: conversations with women in the Church, Bazan, Twenty-Third
  • Joan Chittister: essential writings, Kownacki, Snyder, Orbis
  • Joan Chittister: her journey from certainty to faith, Roberts, Orbis
  • Joan Chittister: in my own words, Kownacki, Liguori
  • Spiritual Questions of the 21st Century: essays in honor of Joan D. Chittister, Snyder, Orbis

 

OTHER MEDIA (selected sample):

Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey, May 2019
CBS Religion & Culture:The Wisdom of Our Elders, 2016
Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey, March 2015.
•Online webinar: "Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation." 2014.
•PBS Religion and Faith, Interview, 2013
Point du Jour, Paris, Video interview, 2013.
•NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen, 2010, 2008.
"Meet the Press with Tim Russert," 2006.
•Papal funeral, election and inaugural, commentator and reporter: BBC Radio and the National Catholic Reporter 2005.
"Now with Bill Moyers," 2004.

Over 700 articles by Joan Chittister have been published in periodicals such as America, Commonweal, US Catholic, Sojourners, Origins, Catholic World, Sun, Notre Dame magazine, Liguorian, Religion and Intellectual Life, Weavings, Lutheran Women Today, The Way (England), Religious Life Review (Ireland) and The Tablet (London).

Joan has had more than sixty chapters, forewords, introductions and afterwords in other authors' books.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS (selected sample):
Through the UN-sponsored Global Peace Initiative of Women, Religious and Spiritual Leaders, and independent programs she has been involved in programs in: Bhutan, Kenya, Egypt, Mexico, Philippines, India, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Switzerland, Norway, Japan, Jordan, Taiwan, Iraq, Denmark, South Africa, Ireland, England, Spain, Australia and numerous other countries.

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