Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, keynote speaker at the fifth annual Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium, will present “Women, War and Peacemaking” Thursday, April 15, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Christian Brothers University (CBU) Canale Arena.
Author of 42 books and co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, Chittister will focus on the special calling of women of faith to restore religion’s principles of nonviolence. “Women have a place to fill and a stake to claim and a role to play in the world’s pursuit of peace,” Chittister recently said. “It is women who have borne the sons their fathers sent to war. It is women who have buried the men on whom their lives depended. It is women who have been left alone, babies in their arms, babies in their bellies – to deal with the madness that comes from the madness of war.”
Chittister, an internationally acclaimed lecturer, has held positions of religious leadership among women in the Catholic Church for over 30 years, including serving 12 years as prioress of her Benedictine community. Her books and speeches have addressed the topics of peace, justice, human rights, women, contemporary religious life and spirituality.
In addition to 12 honorary doctorates, Chittister holds a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. In the past decade alone, she received the Award of Excellence from the Religion Communicators Council, the National Indie Excellence Book Award for The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart, the Hans Küng Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University. The Notre Dame Alumni Association recognized her with the Women’s Award of Achievement in 1997. In 1992, she received the U.S. Catholic Award for Furthering the Cause of Women in the Church.
Chittister was a panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press with Tim Russert and was chosen as a special commentator and reporter for BBC Radio and the National Catholic Reporter for the Papal funeral, election and inaugural in Rome. She has also appeared with Bill Moyers on PBS and writes a regular column, “From Where I Stand,” in the National Catholic Reporter.
For more information on the Vanderhaar Symposium, visit www.gvanderhaar.org. ###