|"The spirit we have, not the work we do, is
what makes us important to the people around us."
A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Joan Chittister is
a best-selling author and well-known international lecturer on topics of justice, peace, human rights, women's issues, and contemporary
spirituality in the Church and in society. She presently serves as the co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner
organization of the United Nations, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, especially in the Middle East. A speech
communications theorist, Sister Joan's most recent books include The Way We Were (Orbis) and Called to Question (Sheed & Ward), a First
Place CPA 2005 award winner. She is founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary
spirituality in Erie.
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