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Alumna Sister Joan Chittister to appear with Oprah

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sister Joan Chittister & Oprah Winfrey

Joan D. Chittister, OSB, will be the featured guest on the March 1 installment of Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” series.

Titled “Oprah and Sister Joan Chittister: A Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy,” the program will air on OWN TV on Sunday, March 1, at 11 a.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. It will also be simulcast on, and .

The award-winning series features Oprah’s inspirational interviews with top thinkers, visionaries and spiritual leaders and is designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. 

The two women will discuss new ways of looking at God, the vital force that women represent in the church and in society, and the rich images of divinity arising from the confluence of theology and science today. Sister Joan is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality, especially for women all over the world, and has been one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than 30 years.      

Mercyhurst University has partnered with the Pennsylvania State University and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie to preserve the literary archives of Chittister, a 1962 ‘Hurst alumna. In 2014, Mercyhurst opened a dedicated archive space in Hammermill Library and launched a lecture series in Chittister’s honor, both efforts generously endowed by the family of Helen Loebelenz Boyle ’34, a longtime friend of Sister Joan.

The second installment of the lecture series – slated for April 9, 2015 – will feature a conversation between Chittister and author, journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver. The event, at 7:30 p.m. in Mercyhurst’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center is open to the public free of charge, but tickets are required. They will be available from the box office of the D’Angelo Center beginning March 18.

Photo: Joan D. Chittister, OSB, chats with Oprah Winfrey on the set of Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” series. Winfrey holds a copy of Joan Chittister: Essential Writings, a 2014 book edited by Mercyhurst professor Mary Hembrow Snyder, Ph.D., with Benedictine Sister Mary Lou Kownacki.