14th Annual Conference | March 2-4, 2012 | Mundelein, Illinois
One of the fundamental purposes of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative is to enhance and promote ecclesial communion. As the Initiative has surveyed the current challenges to ecclesial communion in the United States it has taken note of the significant disparities that exist within and between the generations that populate the church in the United States. The variety of perspectives on and expectations for a shared life of faith can make it difficult for all to experience a shared sense of ecclesial unity as well as to work together to promote the mission of the Church.
Utilizing the CCGI principles for ecclesial dialogue the 2012 Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Conference will explore what can be done to enhance a vibrant sense of ecclesial communion that celebrates intra and inter generational diversity and unity. In light of inter and intra generational diversity the Conference will ask how individually and collectively we can hold together and promote the life and mission of the church. More specifically the Conference also will explore what structures or practices of Catholic community life that include all generations can promote a sense of ecclesial communion that is noted for being about affirmation, recognition, learning and challenge.
Hoped for Outcomes:
By the end of the conference we would like to say that we have:
- Described a vibrant sense of ecclesial communion that celebrates intra and inter generational diversity and unity.
- Named how Catholics can individually and collectively hold together and promote the life and mission of the church.
- Developed plans and strategies for how structures and/or practices of Catholic community life that include all generations can promote a sense of ecclesial communion that is noted for affirmation, recognition, learning and challenge. Conference Participant Recommended Readings:
Participant Recommended Readings:
1. Called To Be Catholic 
3. 2011 Murnion Lecture (Choose text or audio)
4. 2009 Murnion Lecture (Choose to read text or watch video)
Video, “How American Catholics Think About the Church” by Jim Davidson
5. 2009 Responses to Jim Davidson’s Lecture: Amy Hoey, RSM, educator and leader for the Sisters of Mercy Congregation, Mike Hayes, co-founder of BustedHalo.com, Melissa Cidade, Director of CARA’s Pastoral Assistance Surveys and Services