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Positions, publications and awards

•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

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. Chittiser and inauguration of annual Joan D. Chittiser Lecture Series, Mercyhurst University, Erie
2013 – Spirit, Faith and Action Award,
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.

MAJOR BOOK PUBLICATIONS (selected sample):
Dear Joan: Conversations with Women in the Church, Twenty-Third Publications 2019
The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage, Penguin/Random House, 2019
What Are You Looking For?: Seeking the God Who is Seeking You, Paulist Press 2019
We Are All One, Twenty-Third Publications, 2018
Radical Spirit, Convergent Books, 2017
Two Dogs and a Parrot, Orbis Books, 2015
In God's Holy Light, Franciscan Media, 2015
Between the Dark and the Daylight, Image Books, 2015
Our Holy Yearnings, Twenty-Third Publications, 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)
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).
God’s Tender Mercy: reflections on forgiveness, Twenty-Third Publications, 2010.
Uncommon Gratitude, With Rowan Williams, Liturgical Press, 2010.
The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life, Thomas Nelson, 2009.
The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer, Twenty-Third Publications, 2009.
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, BlueBridge, 2008.
Welcome to the Wisdom of the World: And Its Meaning for You, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007.
The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart, Orbis Books, 2006.
In Search of Belief, Triumph Books, 2006 (Reprint of 1999 original.)
The Tent of Abraham, Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims. with Chishti, Waskow, Beacon Press, 2006.
Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir, Sheed & Ward, 2004.
Scarred by Struggle; Transformed by Hope, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003.
The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Woman's Life, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000.
Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1998.
The Fire in These Ashes: A Spirituality of Contemporary Religious Life, Sheed & Ward, 1995.
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today, Harper, 1990.

Books Published by Benetvision (Erie, PA) (selected sample):
From the Writings of Joan Chittister: On Women, 2020
A Little Rule for Beginners, 2018
The Way to Inner Freedom: A Guided Journal, 2016
40 Soul-Stretching Conversations, 2014.
Desert Spaces, Benetvision, 2014
God Speaks in Many Tongues, Benetvision, 2013.
A Monastery Almanac, Benetvision, 2010.
The Fine Art of Living, Benetvision, 2009.
The Cry of the Prophet, Benetvision, 2009
25 Windows Into the Soul, Benetvision, 2007.

Books about Joan Chittister and Other Publications:
Joan Chittister: Her Journey From Certainty to Faith, by Tom Roberts, Orbis Books, 2015, Catholic Press Association Award and Illumination Award, 2016
Joan Chittister: Essential Writings, Orbis Books, eds. Mary Lou Kownacki and Mary Hembrow Snyder, 2014
Joan Chittister: In My Own Words, ed. Mary Lou Kownacki, Liguori, 2008.
Spiritual Questions for the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Joan D. Chittister, a Festschrift edited by Mary Hembrow-Snyder, 2001.
The Monastic Way by Joan Chittister, a monthly reflection publication (subscription) 1993—current day

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.

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.

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