The director is the chief administrator of the Bernardin Center and its operations. The Center is inspired by the legacy of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the late Archbishop of Chicago, with an original and ongoing commitment to four of the principal theological and pastoral priorities of the Cardinal’s ministry: the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, inter-religious dialogue (especially among Jews, Christians, and Muslims), reconciliation and peacemaking, and the promotion of the consistent ethic of life. The Center serves to advance the mission of Catholic Theological Union by clearly identifying these theological and pastoral priorities of the late Cardinal as concrete manifestations of the vision of the Second Vatican Council, and by helping to integrate a focus on these priorities into CTU’s commitment to educate new generations of leaders for the Church in service to all of God’s people.
Under the direction of the CTU President, provide leadership on a local and national level in furthering the mission of Catholic Theological Union and the charism and vision of Cardinal Bernardin through the planning and coordination of public events, conferences, and symposium focusing on one or another aspect of the Cardinal’s four principal theological and pastoral priorities mentioned above
Ordinarily teach two courses per academic year
Coordinate the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, including programming and publication of the newsletter, with other events and activities in the CTU calendar
With the Enrollment Management Department, participate in the annual selection of Bernardin Scholars and coordinate an ongoing program of the scholars’ intellectual and spiritual formation that promotes the legacy of Cardinal Bernardin
Coordinate the Catholics on Call program
Required Knowledge, Abilities, and Dispositions Required
Strong leadership and organizational skills
Superior oral and written communication skills
Consultative and collaborative approach to administration
Thorough familiarity with the vision and mission of CTU and the legacy of Cardinal Bernardin
Ability to communicate that vision and legacy to Bernardin Scholars and potential recipients of Bernardin Scholarships as well as to actual and potential benefactors
Professional and personal capacity to represent CTU’s Bernardin Center to its various publics, in the generosity of spirit and breadth of intellect characteristic of Cardinal Bernardin
Ability to play a leading role in maintaining longstanding, and cultivating new ecumenical and interreligious relationships
A Ph.D. in a theological discipline or a D.Min.
Committed Roman Catholic
Interested and qualified applicants are welcome to email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, and (3) references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Theological Union is one of the largest Roman Catholic graduate schools of theology and ministry in the United States with a diverse and international student body and a variety of academic and pastoral programs at the masters and doctoral level.