Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joseph Cardinal Bernardin  

Pen Name: None


Born: Columbia, South Carolina

Died: November 14, 1996, in Chicago.

-- Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Archbishop of Chicago, 1982-96.

Biographical and Professional Information


Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Blessing to Each Other: Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and Jewish-Catholic Dialogue
ISBN: 156854104X

Liturgy Training Pubns. 1996

This selection of Cardinal Bernardin's addresses and columns over the years shows the breadth of his interest and the depth of his commitment.

The Gift of Peace: Personal Reflections
ISBN: 0385494343

Image. 1998

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's gentle leadership throughout his life of ministerial service had made him an internationally beloved figure, but the words he left behind about his final journey would change the lives of many more people from all faiths, from all backgrounds, and from all over the world.

In the last two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his ultimate mission to share his personal reflections and insights as a legacy to those he left behind. The Gift of Peace reveals the Cardinal's spiritual growth amid a string of traumatic events: a false accusation of sexual abuse reconciliation a year later with his accuser, who had earlier recanted the charges a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and surgery the return of cancer, now in his liver his decision to discontinue chemotherapy and live his remaining days as fully as possible. In these pages, Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly, and shares the profound peace he came to at the end of his life. He accepted his peace as a gift from God, and he in turn now shares that gift with the world.

A Moral Vision for America
ISBN: 0878406751

Georgetown Univ Pr. 1998

In urging political leaders in the 1984 presidential campaign to oppose abortion and poverty as well as nuclear arms, the late Cardinal Bernardin, archbishop of Chicago, stated that the consistent ethic: "forces us to face the full range of threats to life." This vision informs the major addresses on ethics and public policy issues compiled here including the landmark pastoral letter, "The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response" (US Catholic Conference, 1986). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

The Journey to Peace: Reflections on Faith, Embracing Suffering, and Finding New Life
ISBN: 0867168218

St. Anthony Messenger Press. 2007

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (1928-1996) touched millions of people through his passionate witness, humble wisdom, and spiritual writings. In the final months of his life he shared his personal reflections in The Gift of Peace, a modern classic about finding inner peace in the face of life's greatest trials. As part of his rich legacy, The Gift of Peace has become an international bestseller and has brought courage, healing, faith, hope, and love to people of all backgrounds throughout the world. Cardinal Bernardin's legacy is continued here in The Journey to Peace, a special collection of his previously unpublished spiritual reflections.

Using the Stations of the Cross as a framework, The Journey to Peace reveals the extraordinary faith, wisdom, and compassion of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. Through these excerpts from his homilies, Cardinal Bernardin helps readers understand the relevance of Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection to their own lives, inviting all to join the journey that leads to peace.

Written with eloquent simplicity, and elegantly designed and illustrated with specially commissioned contemporary artwork, The Journey to Peace reaches people of all faiths for reading throughout the year.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)