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.