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Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Peace by Piece: 50 Years of Reconciliation Between Jews and Catholics

This lecture was held at: 
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613

The keynote speaker for this year’s annual Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture was Dr. Elena Procario-Foley. She explored the various dimensions of the Vatican's 2015 document The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable. Prompted by the 50th anniversary of Nostra AetateGifts and Calling is both retrospective and prospective, allowing us to consider the work that has dramatically transformed the relationship between Catholics and Jews while also recognizing the work that remains. What are the significant aspects of this important reflection? What have scholars said about it? Are there parallel Jewish documents? 

Dr. Elena Procario-Foley is the Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. She holds PhD and MA degrees in theology from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Former chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations and the Christianity and Judaism Consultation of The Catholic Theological Society of America, she currently serves on the board of the Stimulus Foundation of Paulist Press and chairs the board of the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Center. She teaches about the Church and the Holocaust, taking students each year to study for a week at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Internationally, she has completed the Christian Leadership Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel, a fellowship of the American Jewish Committee as well as the three-week summer institute for educators at Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Education, also in Jerusalem.

The Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

The AJC Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture series began in 1995, when Joseph Cardinal Bernardin delivered a lecture titled 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 to contribute to the dialogue between Jews and Catholics on issues affecting their relationship.