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Special Events

DECEMBER 2, 3 pm

The Kenan Center and First Presbyterian Church of Lockport present Sister Joan Chittister to honor the founders of the Kenan Center.

The event takes place at the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, 21 Church St, Lockport. Doors open at 1:45 pm. The event is free to the public; at will donations graciously accepted. Parking lot behind the church; additional parking is available on surrounding side streets. A book signing will follow Sister Joan’s talk. Copies of her books, including her most recent, Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life, will be available for purchase.

Joan Chittister is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 40 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counselor, and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, an online column for the National Catholic Reporter, and a blog for the Huffington Post.

Joan Chittister has received numerous writing awards and honors for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, England. She has appeared on “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert, “60 Minutes,” “CBS News,” “NOW” with Bill Moyers numerous BBC and NPR programs including “Weekend Edition Sunday” with Liane Hansen and “On Being” with Krista Tippett. In 2015 she was the featured guest of Oprah Winfrey on “Super Soul Sunday.” She is one of the most popular and requested speakers at the iconic Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York State.

In 2014 the Annual Joan Chittister Lecture Series was inaugurated at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, in conjunction with the dedication of the The Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister.

Joan Chittister currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, particularly in Israel and Palestine. She was an adviser for the ground-breaking report, “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver (2009) and was a member of the TED prize-sponsored “Council of Sages,” an interfaith group that developed a Charter for Compassion (2009) being promulgated worldwide with all faith organizations.

She served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of the leaders of Catholic religious women in the US, president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years. She received her doctorate in speech communications from Penn State University, the primary site of her archive collection.

Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. She is executive director of Benetvision, a resource and re-search center for contemporary spirituality and the founder and animator of Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers.For more information, go to www.joanchittister.org

Generous funding for this event is provided by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

JANUARY 27, 2018 5-9 PM

Last year was a sell out! Our popular night of fun returns with more than 30 wineries, breweries, restaurants and specialty food vendors. Plus basket raffle, 50/50 split, live music, and a photo booth to capture all the fun! Each ticket includes a souvenir glass, tasting journal, and $5 food voucher. VIP guests enjoy early entry at 4 PM, reserved parking, $1 off wine purchases until 5 PM, and a special VIP goodie bag. Overflow parking with shuttle service to and from the Lockport Board of Education Building, one block north of the Arena on Beattie Avenue will again be available for all hours of the event.

Confirmed vendors to date: Davison Road Inn, Hilltop Restaurant, Steak Stone and Sushi, and Molinaro’s. Wineries: Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, and The Winery at Marjim Manor. Among the specialty food vendors will be That Popcorn Shack, Pickle Annies, D’Avolio, and Stone Hollow Farm.

Tickets are $30 pre-sale; $50 VIP; $40 at the door.

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Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.