Dr. Joan Morris Gilbert received the Doctorate in Sacred Theology, and Licentiate in Sacred Theology, from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, through the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (Washington, D.C. Session). She received the M.A. in Theology and the B.A. in Humanities from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She is sacramentally married, and has seven children and eight grandchildren. She is a life-committed Benedictine Oblate.