|Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago|
Keeping the Vision Alive..."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 vision of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin is the same as that of the Second Vatican Council-a vision of a church renewed, a church that mirrors the compassion of Jesus.
In 1997, with the Cardinal's endorsement, Catholic Theological Union established the Bernardin Center to build upon his work and vision. The Center focuses on a range of public programs about issues that were hallmarks of his vision.
An integral part of CTU, the Bernardin Center advances Cardinal Bernardin's vision through an array of initiatives focused on his signature issues of reconciliation and peacemaking, interreligious dialogue, the consistent ethic of life, leadership development for the church, and Catholic Common Ground. Among the Center's distinctive initiatives are: