Maureen Fiedler, SL is the host of Interfaith Voices, an hour-long, award-winning public radio show, heard on 71 public and community radio stations in the U.S. and Canada, including WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC. She has been involved in interfaith activities for more than three decades as an active participant in coalitions working for social justice, racial and gender equality, and peace. Her special interests lie at the intersection of theology and public policy.
She served for 26 years as a Co-Director of the Quixote Center, a national faith-based justice center located in Brentwood, MD near Washington, DC. From 1978 to 1982, she was active in the struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and founded Catholics Act for ERA. She was also one of the women who fasted for 37 days in Springfield, IL for ERA ratification.
Her newest book is entitled: Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words. (Seabury Books, 2010). It highlights the emerging leadership of women in faith traditions across the board, and features interviews with many of those women.
She is also a co-editor of Rome Has Spoken: A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements, and How They Have Changed Through the Centuries (Crossroad NY: 1998). It demonstrates how papal positions on major issues, ranging from ecumenism to slavery to the roles of women, have changed substantively over time.
Maureen has been a commentator on National Public Radio and has been a guest for discussions of religious issues on national radio and television, including the Jim Lehrer News Hour, the Diane Rehm Show and CNN. She is a public speaker on issues of justice, interfaith relations, women's rights, religion and politics, and the coverage of religion in the media.
She is a Sister of Loretto, and holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She currently lives in Maryland, near Washington, DC