My Bio

Lori Pieper, OFS

I was born in Boone, Iowa, and come from a family of nine children. My father is a USAF Master Sergeant (now retired). I grew up on various Air Force bases all over the U. S. We settled in Iowa again when I was in junior high school. I received my B.A. in the Humanities and M.A. in History from the University of Northern Iowa, and my M.A. in Library Science from the University of Iowa. I received my Ph.D in Medieval History in 2002 from Fordham University. I live and work in New York as a freelance writer and translator.

I have had a number of my articles published in national and international religious periodicals, including Our Sunday Visitor, the Liguorian, the Catholic Digest and L’Osservatore Romano. My translations have appeared in the Italian journal Humiltias, as well as Greyfriars Review (published by the Franciscans at St. Bonaventure University), and Gibiciere, the journal of the Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York. My translations of the Italian writings of Pope John Paul I can be found in The Smiling Pope: The Life and Teaching of John Paul I, published by Our Sunday Visitor Press in 2004.

I am also a graduate of the Act One: Writing for Hollywood program, which trains Christians to be screenwriters. I have written several screenplays, including The Marquise, based on the novella of the same name by George Sand, and Aurora, based on the story of Sleeping Beauty.

I was professed in the Secular Franciscan Order in 1991, and now belong to St. Barnabas Fraternity in the Bronx. In July 2006 I was appointed a member of the International Commission of the Order charged with overseeing the celebration of the 8th Centenary of St. Elizabeth Of Hungary (1207-1231), the patroness of the SFO. My dissertation on St. Elizabeth was published by the TOR friars in Loreto, PA as St. Elizabeth of Hungary: The Voice of a Medieval Woman and Franciscan Penitent in the Sources for her Life. I have also published a short biography of Elizabeth called The Greatest of These is Love: The Life of St. Elizabeth of Hungary (New York: Tau Cross Books and Media, 2007, 2nd ed. 2013), and a documentary on her called A Woman for Our Time: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, which came out in 2011. In 2013 I published some of John Paul I’s writings for the Year of Faith; the volume is called A Passionate Adventure: Living the Catholic Faith Today.

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