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The U.S. Catholic Church: The Challenge of Communion Conference


STARTS: Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 8:30 AM
ENDS: Friday, November 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM

DePaul University and Catholic Theological Union (see map)

All are invited to participate in a two-day conference on Thursday, November 4, and Friday, November 5, sponsored by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union and the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University.

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Fall Shapiro Lecture


STARTS: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 4:00 PM
ENDS: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM

5416 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615 (see map)
Second Floor, 210 b&c

Amidst a struggle against extremists in various communities, religious diversity and the need for coexistence are among the central features of life in modern society. Can contemporary Jews develop a theology of other religions that is both faithful to the Jewish tradition and respectful towards the beliefs and practices of others? What resources exist that could inform such an approach? 

Complimentary parking available in the CTU garage.
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Will you join me in becoming a living sign of Christ’s loving presence so that all who are lonely or hurt, abused or abandoned, vulnerable or alienated might experience His love?  Together we can do this.

~ Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

In 1996, the Catholic Common Ground Initiative was founded in an effort to lessen polarities and divisions that weaken the communion of the Church. At the origin of the Initiative, the National Pastoral Life Center released a charter statement, “Called to Be Catholic,” proposing guidelines for dialogue within the Church.

Catholics On Call is a unique, innovative program for young adults that helps them discern their vocation, and consider a life of ministry in the church. The mission of Catholics On Call is to delve deeply into the mystery of God’s call, by bringing people together who can share their experiences, pray, talk, and help one another understand how God is at work in their lives. 

The Peacebuilders Initiative is an innovative program of the Bernardin Center that prepares Catholic high school youth for leadership roles in peacemaking, reconciliation, and conflict transformation, and inspires them to consider ministry as a life choice.

The Catholic-Muslim Studies Program is dedicated to building bridges of mutual understanding and profound respect between Muslims and Christians. The vision of this program is to create significant opportunities for the relationship between Muslims and Christians to deepen, and to reflect only the noblest values and highest ideals of their common spiritual heritage.

The Catholic Muslim Studies Program sponsors study, publication, dialogue, and cultural events in an effort to achieve these goals:

To be considered for this competitive scholarship, prospective Bernardin Scholars should have:

In addition to the requirements of their selected degree program, Bernardin Scholars participate in the following special programs, that enhance their education and ministerial formation. 

The Colloquia

The Bernardin Colloquia consists of monthly seminars and theological reflection conducted by the Bernardin Center director. Cardinal Bernardin’s colleagues and trusted advisors, as well as experts in his Signature Issues, are featured in the seminars. 

The Director: Sheila McLaughlin

Sheila McLaughlin, a graduate of Catholic Theological Union, has served as the Director of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center since 2001. Previous to this position, Sheila was the Director of the Office for Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Chicago, the first lay person to hold that position.