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Cardinal bernadine

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was born on April 2,1928, in

Columbia, South Carolina. He was son of Mrs. Marie M. Simon

Bernardin, and the late Joseph Bernardin. Cardinal Bernardin

attended Catholic and public schools and the University of South

Carolina in Columbia. He was later accepted as a candidate for the

priesthood by Most Rev. John J. Russell, then Bishop of Charleston.

He studied at the following Colleges: St.Mary's, St. Mary, Kentucky,

St.Mary Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland, where he received the

Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He also attended the Catholic

University of America, Washington D.C. where he received the Master

of Arts degree in Education in 1952.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John J. Russell on

April 26,1952, in St. Joseph Church, Columbia. His administrative

skills were immediately recognized. During his 14 years in the

Diocese of Charleston, he served under four bishops in many

capacities, including the officed of chancellor, vicar general, diocesan

consular, and administrator of the diocese.

On March 9,1966, Pope Paul VI appointed Msgr. Bernardin

Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta. In doing this he became the youngest

Bishop in the county. On July 10,1982, Pope John Paul II reappointed

Archbishop Bernardin to Archbishop of Chicago. His installation took

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at Holy Name Cathedral on August 25,1982. Later Archbishop

Bernardin went to the College of Cardinals. On February 2,1983 he

received his "red hat."

On September 9,1996 President Clinton awarded Cardinal

Bernardin the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In presenting the Metal,

the President cited Cardinal Bernardin's work on behalf of racial

equality and arms control and noted he "has been a persistent voice

for moderation." Cardinal Bernardin was Chancellor of the Catholic

Extension Society and the University of St. Mary of the


He is a founding member and Vice-Chairman of the Religious

Alliance Against Pornography. In the more recent years before his

death, he was a member of the Catholic Charities USA National

Development Task Force and the Board of Trustees of the Catholic

Health Association as well as chairman of the ad hoc Committee on

the Structure and function of the NCCB/USCC.

Cardinal Bernardin received numerous honorary doctorates from

colleges and universities in the US and Europe. Cardinal Bernardin's

extensive writings touch open a variety of topics, religious, moral and

social. One of these is the famous and challenging Consistent Ethic

of Life, a collection of ten major addresses on the topic of the

"Consistent Ethic."

He touched us all!

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