About Joan

Joan Lewis

With a B.A. in French at St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame, Indiana and a Diplome from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, Joan Lewis taught French for 5 years in the U.S. She moved to Rome and began an extensive journalism career, specializing in the Vatican. She was invited in 1990 to work for the newly-created Vatican Information Service in the Holy See Press Office as the English language writer and editor.

While working for the Holy See, Joan was named a member of Holy See delegations to United Nations conferences: Cairo Population Conference, September 1994; Copenhagen Social Summit, March 1995; Beijing Conference on Women, September 1995; Istanbul Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, June 1996. SheI also attended two conferences in Doha, Qatar: May 2004, Christian Muslim Dialogue and November 2004: the Doha International Conference on the Family.

Appointed Rome Bureau Chief for EWTN in the fall of 2005

Books Published: “JUBILEE 2000 IN ROME,” December 1999.

Honors: Dame of the Order of St. Sylvester – named by Pope Benedict on June 24, 2005 Dame of the Constantinian Order of St. George.

Extra-curricular: Member of the Board of Regents of Marymount International School in Rome.

Member of the parish council at Santa Susanna’s Church in Rome. The Paulist Fathers have been serving the American community here since 1922

Volunteer once a week at the Bishops Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican at the Casa Santa Maria, part of the Pontifical North American College.

12 thoughts on “About Joan

  1. Joan, you spoke of an nice wedding for a Swiss Guard in a small church behind St. Peters in which as a surprise to virtually everyone Pope Francis presided. I could not understand the name of the church in your EWTN commentary. By the description of the location I believe it must be Santa Maria della Pieta. Is that correct and what website address would allow us to see the church? I keep seeing a church of the same name in Venezia. We have visited Rome many many times. It is easy as a retired international airline captain. We will come again and want to visit the church you have described as a church of great importance to Ethiopian Catholics.

  2. Hello. Joan:
    It is wonderful to see you interesting website! We met at the NAC Rector’s Dinner. I realized that you are a cousin to Phil and Ed Lewis in Florida and their children which are numerous! ‘Hope you see you next year at the NAC! God bless!

    Fraternally yours,
    Fr. Jim O’Neal
    Diocese of St. Augustine, Fla.

  3. Hello Madam…
    First of all let me congratulate you for all the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon you.
    Secondly I am sr. Mercy (SMMI) is seeking the way out to reach to communicate something confidentially to His Holiness. Pope Francis, so how do I proceed? As there are no options now to write in post, I would like to email to him or to his Secretary. Please do this favour to me. Or can I confide with you so that you will reach it to His Holiness?
    Please reply to me. Thank you Madam Joan.

  4. Hi Joan,
    I’m writing to tell you how impressed I am with your EWTN program Joan’s Rome. I studied drafting and engineering in college and was always fascinated with architecture. Your depiction of the churches and cathedrals in Rome/Italy are truly amazing. I know it’s a crazy time in our lives right now but I am enjoying past shows on YouTube and such. You’re a delightful woman and ithank God for people like you who have touched my life. God bless you and stay safe.
    Gregory Curin

  5. Dear Joan Lewis

    Thank you for your excellent presentation on the Jim and Joy Show 6/17/20 and your acknowledgements of the NACN-USA and CICIAMS. Catholic nurses around the world are excited about the NACN-USA hosting the 2022 CICIAMS XXI World Congress coming to the USA at Villanova University. With the COVID 19 pandemic international travel this 2020 is limited. As a result, Vatican based programs/activities attended by our membership have been conducted online. I will keep you posted regarding future member visits to Rome. Perhaps we could meet again and share important updates and events of interest to the international Catholic Community.

    May God Bless You For Your Efforts!

    Best regards always,
    Patricia Sayers DNP RN
    President-Elect, National Association of Catholic Nurses, USA
    CICIAMS United Nations Non-Government Organization Representative

    PS FYI Maria Arvonio and myself will be doing a live program with Fr Pacwa (EWTN) in October, 2020 (Date/Time TBA) Thank you again.

  6. Hi from Roma! Thanks SO much for writing. I really do not get to these comments as often as I should! Heartfelt apologies. I use emails and Messenger more frequently! I truly appreciate your kind words about my work and especially what I so love doing, the Joan’s Rome videos! Blessings! Joan

  7. Hi from Roma! Thanks SO much for writing. I really do not get to these comments as often as I should! Heartfelt apologies. I use emails and Messenger more frequently! I truly appreciate your kind words about my work and especially what I so love doing, the Joan’s Rome videos! Blessings! Joan

  8. Hi Father,
    I am so used to emails and Messenger and whatsapp and Lord knows what else that I rarely see this section of my blog! What a shame! I am SO tardy in answering! In any case. no Rector’s Dinner this year but perhaps 2021 will bring better things. If you wish to email, here is an address I use often: whiteledge6@yahoo.com – and I will tell you how it is related to the Lewises! Blessings,

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