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25th Anniversary of Cardinal Bernardin’s Passing


The Archdiocese of Chicago is preparing to remember Cardinal Bernardin at two events in early November.

Now More Than Ever: The Enduring Prophetic Voice and Legacy of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin 25 Years after His Death
November 1, 2021
7 p.m.
Holy Name Cathedral 
735 N. State Street (corner of Superior Street)

Join us to commemorate Cardinal Bernardin’s contribution to the Church and to civic life. Five speakers will address his legacy and its continuing relevance today:

  • Steven P. Millies, director of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union, will reflect on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 1982 pastoral letter on peace, an initiative that Cardinal Bernardin directed and that had national and international ramifications.
  • Father J. Cletus Kiley, a close collaborator with Cardinal Bernardin, will explain the cardinal’s contributions to a renewed vision of ministers and ministry in the Church as well as the ways he was a forerunner in addressing the Catholic sexual-abuse crisis.
  • Andrew McKenna, a close collaborator with Cardinal Bernardin in founding the Big Shoulders Initiative, will highlight the cardinal’s commitment to Catholic education.
  • Rabbi Wendi Geffen will speak about the way Cardinal Bernardin fostered ecumenical and interfaith relationships with a particular focus on his commitment to the Jewish community.
  • Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will address Cardinal Bernardin’s consistent ethic of life, a vision of human life on a continuum from conception to natural death and how we are summoned to protect and nurture all human life, especially at its most vulnerable.

The evening promises to be an exercise of grateful memory for what Cardinal Joseph Bernardin has left us and a dedication to continue his legacy.

Annual Memorial Mass for Deceased Bishops, Priests and Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago
November 2, 2021
12 p.m.
Holy Name Cathedral
735 N. State Street (corner of Superior Street)


At that Mass, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin will be specially remembered.