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Joan Chittister, OSB - One Woman's Voice for Global Change

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Joan Chittister, OSB - One Woman's Voice for Global Change

Joan Chittister is an articulate social analyst and influential religious leader of this age. For 40 years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate and charged with energy, she is a much-sought after speaker, commentator, counselor and clear voice across all religions.

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Joan_Chittister_114258100.jpgJoan Chittister is an articulate social analyst and influential religious leader of this age. For 40 years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate and charged with energy, she is a much-sought after speaker, commentator, counselor and clear voice across all religions.

A Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA, USA, Sister Joan is an international lecturer and award-winning author of over 50 books. She has won 16 Catholic Press Association awards for her books, as well as numerous awards for her work for justice, peace, and equality, especially for women, in church and in society.

Her book The Gift of Years: growing older gracefully is her #1 seller. Her book Two Dogs and a Parrot: what our animal friends can teach us about life was released in 2015 and in April 2017 her latest book, Radical Spirit, was published by Random House.

A founding member of The Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, she works to develop a worldwide network of women peace builders. As co-chair of this group she has facilitated gatherings of spiritual leaders throughout the Middle East, in Asia, Africa, the Far East and Europe in an effort to spread an interfaith commitment to peace building, equality and justice for all peoples.

A regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, she has served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, (an organization of the leaders/superiors of Catholic religious women in the US), president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses (1974 90), and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years.

Sister Joan received her Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Doctorate from Penn State University in Speech Communications Theory. In 1996 she was an Elected Fellow and Von Hugel lecturer of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University in England. She has served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, (an organization of the leaders/superiors of Catholic religious women in the US) and was prioress of her Benedictine community for 12 years. She is the founder and executive director of Benetvision: a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality located in Erie.

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Elaine M. Grohman has been working in the field of Energy Medicine for nearly 20 years. The experiences of her own Life brought her to delve into the Mystery of our Spirit, Body, Emotions and Mind, and through that search she has sought to help others appreciate their own Life in a greater way. Elaine works with people in the medical fields, as well as having a private practice. She is the author of two books, "The Angels and Me - Experiences of Receiving and Sharing Divine Communication," and "Spirit Awakening - Wisdom for Life and Living." As an Intuitive, Elaine helps others to look beyond the wounds they use to define themselves, so that new and perhaps greater understanding can become known. Through this, we can begin to Heal our World - And Ourselves.

Photos by Laurie Tennent