Dawn Eden Goldstein gives Pope Francis copies of two of her books, the Italian edition of My Peace I Give You and the Spanish edition of Remembering God's Mercy, October 16, 2019.

Dawn Eden Goldstein, JCL, SThD, is the award-winning author of the biography of Edward Dowling, S.J., Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.'s Spiritual Sponsor, as well as Sunday Will Never Be the Same and (under the pen name Dawn Eden) The Thrill of the Chaste, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, and Remembering God's Mercy. Together her books have been translated into ten languages.

Dawn Eden Goldstein, July 2023. Photograph by Sara Harris.

Born in New York City, Dr. Goldstein began her working life as a rock-and-roll historian. She went on to editorial positions at the New York Post and the Daily News before publishing her first book in 2006. In 2016, she became the first woman to earn a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. With her graduation from the Catholic University of America School of Canon Law in May 2023, she became one of only a tiny handful of laywomen in the world to hold both a theology doctorate licensed by the Holy See and a licentiate in canon law.

Among her awards are a 2023 Christopher Award for Father Ed and a 2017 Excellence in Publishing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers for Remembering God's Mercy.

Dr. Goldstein lives in Washington, DC, and has taught at universities and seminaries in the United States, England, and India. Currently she is writing a biography of Father Louis J. Twomey, SJ, and has started an online newsletter, Matters Twomey, offering previews of her research.

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