Joan Chittister —
Obedience and Action

In over 50 years as a Benedictine nun, Sister Joan Chittister has emerged as a powerful and uncomfortable voice in Roman Catholicism and in global politics. If women were ordained in the Catholic Church in our lifetime, some say, Joan Chittister would be the first female bishop.

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is a sister of Mount St. Benedict's Monastery in Erie, Pennsylvania. She serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women. She is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and Beliefnet and a best-selling author of more than 30 books.

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Girlhood Dreams Fulfilled

Chittister thought she'd given up her dream to be a writer once she joined the Benedictines. A life of strict obedience resulted in sacrificing dreams — only to find them again in other forms.

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