“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
The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry was established in 1997 with the blessing of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin to foster understanding in areas such as reconciliation, peacemaking, leadership development for the Church, interreligious dialogue, the consistent ethic of life, and Catholic Common Ground.
Cardinal Bernardin advocated for certain issues of church and society that were of particular concern to him as a pastor and person of faith. The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry explores these Signature Issues through its strategic vision, public outreach, and educational initiatives. The Bernardin Center sponsors theological research, public lectures and seminars, and topical conferences that help foster understanding of the issues closely associated with Cardinal Bernardin's legacy.
These issues include:
- Reconciliation and Peacemaking
- Interreligious Dialogue (especially Jewish and Muslim)
- Consistent Ethic of Life (healthcare and pastoral care of the gravely ill)
- Leadership Development for the Catholic Church
- Catholic Common Ground Initiative
- Youth and Young Adult Programming