Woman Making History #14: St. Joan Chittister


St Joan ChittisterNote: This one is a bit sparse not due to disinterest on my part, but due to a swimming viral head. My apologies.

St. Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania. She is a social psychologist with a Ph.D. from Penn State, the author of more than 30 books, and a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.

Chittister's work focuses on women’s roles in church and society, human rights, and global peace. She speaks widely on these issues, as well as addresses them in her writing. Chittister has been very critical of the Bush administration and their Iraq policy, and she favors the ordination of women in the Catholic church.

Chittister has received several awards and honors, including the Pax Christi USA Pope Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award in 1990 and the Thomas Merton Award in 2001, joining the likes of Dorothy Day and Sister Helen Prejean.

St. Joan Chittister was born in 1936.


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