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Wednesday, February 20, at DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus

Chicago, IL (February 13, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will make the welcoming remarks at the 18th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m., at DePaul University – Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield in Chicago.    

This year’s guest lecturer, Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, is the Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University in New York City and an Associate Rabbi for Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York.  Rabbi Dr. Soloveichik’s topic is “Jews, Catholics and the American Idea”.

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 of Jewish Studies.  Co-sponsors for 2013 are DePaul University: University Ministry; Religious Studies; Center for Interreligious Engagement; Catholic Studies; Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies; Center for Intercultural Programs; and, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

Admission and parking for the event are free, but those wishing to attend are asked to register at Jewish United Fund or call 312-534-5325.

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 10th anniversary of the Bernardin Lectures series.  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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