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Events & Awards

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award

The Bernardin Award is given annually, and in conjunction with the annual Murnion Lecture, to an individual or group within the Church who exemplifies the late Cardinal's lasting wish of achieving dialogical standing and common ground within the ecclesial community.

Msgr. Philip J. Murnion Lecture of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative

The annual Murnion Lecture is named after the late Msgr. Philip J. Murnion, founder and director of the National Pastoral Life Center, and which features a respected scholar who addresses the Catholic Common Ground Initiative's central tenet of dialogue.  The event is held in conjunction with the annual presentation of the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award, wherein the entire evening offers fruitful discussion and reflection upon the late Cardinal's precious work of building and maintaining ecclesial communion.

Bernardin Conference

The Bernardin Conference brings together various leaders in the Catholic Church in the United States to explore and discuss significant and often divisive topics of the Church.  This conference is hosted for three days and participants have varying perspectives and expertise on the subject being discussed.  The goal of the conferences is to facilitate a process that will hopefully lead to greater unity among conference participants.

As Those Who Serve Award

For a short period of time, the Catholic Common Ground Initiative bestowed upon certain individuals an award that signified the Cardinal's desire for unity within the wider Chicago Church.  The name of the award is taken from the late Cardinal's episcopal motto, "As Those Who Serve."


Spring Lecture

The Spring Lecture is a new enterprise of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative that seeks to intersect the interests and hopes of the late Cardinal with new and uplifting occurrences within the Church of today.


Webinar Series

Our Webinar series offers a platform to facilitate conversations about current events in the world and its impact in the Church. The goal of these conversations is to be a model of common ground in a polarizing world.