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Monday, March 31, at Temple Sholom in Chicago

Chicago, IL (March 17, 2014) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will give the welcoming remarks at the 19th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at Temple Sholom, 3480 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

This year’s guest lecturer is Rev. John W. Crossin, OSFC, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Father Crossin’s lecture topic is “What Changed at Vatican II: Past, Present and Future Perspectives on Catholic-Jewish Relations.”

Sponsors of the lecture series are the Archdiocese of Chicago, the American Jewish Committee, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Co-sponsors for 2014 are Temple Sholom and Aaron M. Petuchowski Fund for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Admission for the event is free, but those wishing to attend are asked to register at Discounted parking is available at Mid-City Parking, 3440 North Broadway Street in Chicago, for $18.

The Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture series began in 1995, when Joseph 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 annual lecture series continues this dialogue between Jews and Catholics on the theological issues affecting their relationship.

A Legacy of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue: The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lectures chronicles ten years of Catholic Jewish Studies. This anthology collects the lectures presented at the tenth anniversary of the Bernardin Lectures series. Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Chicago, is the editor. The book is available from Liturgy Training Publications, 800-933-1800 or online at

For more information about the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture call the Archdiocese’s Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at 312-534-5325.

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