Theology Scholar Steven Millies to Give Bernardin Lecture on Feb. 11

January 20, 2021 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Steven Millies is the director of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, whose programs continue Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s ministry of reconciliation, interreligious dialogue, and the search for common ground in the church and the world.

Millies will present “May We Dream and Build a Future”: Cardinal Joseph Bernardin After 25 Years, this year’s Bernardin Lecture at Elmhurst University. The lecture will be given in a virtual format on Feb. 11.

An associate professor of public theology at Catholic Theological Union, Millies’ scholarship explores the Catholic Church’s relationship to politics in a perspective that embraces history, theology, law, ethics, sociology, philosophy and political theory. His work resists seeing politics only as a conflict over individual interests. Instead, in Pope Francis’ words, politics expresses our “conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for each other and the world.”

His book “Joseph Bernardin: Seeking Common Ground” (Liturgical Press, 2016), won first place in the biography category for the Catholic Press Association’s 2017 Book Awards. He also is the author of “Good Intentions: A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump” (Liturgical Press, 2018).

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin virtual lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. Admission is free but reservations are required; an access link to the event will be provided closer to the event date. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite. For more information, leave a message at (630) 617-5186 or email

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