Maria Harris was a writer, speaker, and advocate for religious education. A former member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Maria dedicated her life to teaching and leading Catholic parochial schools. In addition to her grade school work, Harris was a very successful teacher of higher education at Immaculate Conception seminary, Andover Newton Theological School, and Fordham University.
With more than 100,000 copies in print, Harris's Dance of the Spirit (LJ 7/89) qualifies as something more than a cult phenomenon. In Jubilee Time, she celebrates the spirituality of older women.