The Schreiter Institute at Catholic Theological Union seeks social justice through a ministry of reconciliation. This means that oppressors and oppressed, perpetrators and victims, sinned-against and sinners, are guided to find healing, reparation, forgiveness, and a new future together where wounds are healed, scars remembered, and relationships transformed. It’s God’s work in which we participate.

The Cardinal Bernardin Scholars Program
Spirituality of Reconciliation

The Cardinal Bernardin Scholars Program forms students who are committed to the same spirit of faithful service that Cardinal Bernardin showed to the Church and the world.

Bernardin Scholars commit to growing in and realizing the vision of Cardinal Bernardin:

– Reconciliation and Peacemaking
– Interreligious Dialogue
– Consistent Ethic of Life
– Leadership Commitment for the Catholic Church

Bernardin Scholars are supported by a full-tuition scholarship.

Course & Symposium

Schreiter Institute Symposium on Trauma, Culture, and Spirituality, May 12-13, 2023

The Schreiter Institute Symposium, A Praxis of Reconciliation: Trauma, Culture, & Spirituality, will explore opportunities and challenges for interculturally recognizing, narrating, and healing various manifestations of trauma in praxes of reconciliation and restorative justice. Learn more and respond to the call for papers.

May 2023

Reconciliation: A Praxis of Salvation with Kevin Considine

Reconciliation is a praxis of salvation. It is learning how to harmonize with God’s Spirit in the Holy Mystery’s ongoing work of healing, justice, liberation, and shalom that is being realized now but will not be consummated until the eschaton. This course uses an intercultural perspective to explore reconciliation as a praxis of salvation for the sinned-against, sinners, accomplices, and bystanders, all of whom are embodied in webs of relationships that include family, friends, communities, generations, and our ecological home.

Since there is not a “one size fits all” program for Reconciliation, this course explores a) what Reconciliation, as a praxis of salvation, is and is not from a Christian perspective, b) the importance for understanding “Trauma” in Reconciliation; c) recognizing trauma and woundedness through intercultural perspectives; d) various contextual practices to participate in God’s work of healing the wounds of violence and co-creating a more just future.

Karen Ross, PhD
A Pathway for Tomorrow: Co-Creating the Church of Tomorrow at CTU