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Celebrating Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

November 14, 2021 @ 2:00 PM CT - November 14, 2021 @ 4:00 PM CT

Remembering the Past, Facing the Present, Hoping for the Future

Our church and our world are more divided than they were in 1996.  Our hope for peace seems more out of reach in a world divided by racial injustice, religious intolerance, economic inequality, and even the denial of basic public health guidance.  At the same time, our church is fractured sometimes beyond recognition and many Catholics reject the leadership of Pope Francis.  


Join The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union on the eve of the U.S. Bishops’ fall meeting as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s passage to eternity with a panel discussion exploring our hopes for a better future in the light of Cardinal Bernardin’s legacy.  Now is a moment to evaluate and re-commit to “Our Public Witness and Contribution” as a Catholic community.  


Sunday, November 14, 2021

Panel Discussion 2:00 PM CT


The James and Catherine Denny Center
5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago


Mass to follow
Presider, Rev. Donald P. Senior, CP


The Panel discussion Cardinal Joseph Bernardin after 25 Years Remembering the Past, Facing the Present, Hoping for the Future will be moderated by Steven P. Millies, Director, The Bernardin Center with panelists:

Michael O’Loughlin

National Correspondent – America Media and author of Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear

Gloria Purvis

Host of The Gloria Purvis Podcast from America Media

Julie Hanlon Rubio, PhD

Professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

Malka Simkovich

Malka Zeiger Simkovich, PhD

Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program Catholic Theological Union

About the Bernardin Center

CTU continues Cardinal Bernardin’s ministry of reconciliation and peacemaking, interreligious dialogue, leadership development for the Catholic church, the consistent ethic of life, and the search for common ground in the church and the world. 


This event will take place in-person and live via Zoom. Registration is required.


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