20th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Fr. John W. CrossinOver 200 members of Chicago's Jewish and Catholic communities gathered on the evening of March 9, 2015 to hear Guest Lecturer, Rabbi David Sandmel, deliver an address entitled "Our Spiritual Patrimony: A Jewish Perspective on the Transformation of Jewish-Catholic Relations."

Rabbi Sandmel led the interreligious efforts on behalf of the Reform Judaism movement in Chicago and was also a strong supporter of Jewish-Catholic dialogue in the area. He was the Crown Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Rabbi Sandmel recently relocated to New York to assume a position as Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. Select this link to download Rabbi Sandmel's lecture.

Slide Show of Lecture

The Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, The Archdiocese Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, opened the evening's event with an acknowledgment of DePaul University's co-sponsorship for the 2015 Bernardin Lecture. In introducing DePaul's President, Reverend Dennis Holtschneider, Fr. Baima commented "And now to welcome us to what some of you may not know is the LARGEST CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY IN THE COUNTRY…"

Chicago's recently installed Archbishop, Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, welcomed guests to the lecture. He commented that this was his first visit to DePaul University since his installation last November adding...."I could not think of a better occasion than coming here to join with friends in the Jewish community to honor my distinguished predecessor, Cardinal Bernardin, for whom this series is named." View complete text of Archbishop Cupich's remarks. Also available is Archbishop Cupich's column on Catholic Jewish relations.

History of the Bernardin Lecture and Sponsors

The Bernardin-Jerusalem Lecture series commemorates the 1995 visit of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, accompanied by an interreligious group from the Jewish and Catholic Communities. On March 23, 1995, Cardinal Bernardin delivered a lecture entitled "Anti-Semitism: The Historical Legacy and the Continuing Challenge for Christians" in the Senate Hall at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The lecture was the centerpiece of his visit to Israel. Upon returning to the United States, Cardinal Bernardin established an annual lecture to continue the high level of conversation between Chicago's Jewish and Catholic communities.

Annual sponsors for the Bernardin lecture series are:
the Archdiocese of Chicago; the American Jewish Committee; the Chicago Board of Rabbis; the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; the Spertus institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership; and the Anti-Defamation League.

The Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs also extends a huge THANK YOU to our volunteers for their steadfast assistance annually in staffing our registration tables and warmly greeting guests

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Ms. Carol Miller—Campus Minister—Northwestern University Downtown
Ms. Ana Paula Panzarini—Archbishop's Office
Mr. Tom Mathews
Ms. Anna Freemen—Priest Placement Board
Ms. Tracey Scott—Quigley Mail Services