University of South Carolina

Bernardin Lecture to focus on healthcare Oct. 7

The relevance of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin’s teachings and 21st-century challenges in Catholic healthcare will be the subject of the annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lectureship Thursday, Oct. 7, at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. John Langan, the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Professor of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, will speak at 7 p.m. The title of his talk is “Ethical Vision and Political Considerations: The Continuing Relevance of Cardinal Bernardin.” Sister Judith Ann Karam, president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Health Systems (CHS) will provide a response at 8 p.m.

“Catholic ethics, especially as expressed in the thought of Cardinal Bernardin, will add depth to current discussions on healthcare across the U.S. today,” said Dr. Stephanie Mitchem, chairman of the department of religious studies at USC. “The speakers for this year’s Bernardin lectureship were selected for their key roles in Catholic ethical thought and healthcare practice.”

The lectureship also will feature a talk by Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). Her 3 p.m. lecture is titled “21st Century Health Care Challenges and Catholic Hospitals.”

Both lectures will be held in the School of Law auditorium and are free and open to the public. Receptions will take place after each event.

Langan lectures and writes extensively on the ethics of war and peace, human rights, religion and politics, business ethics and Catholic social teaching. A professor of philosophy, Langan is a senior research scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown. In 2006, he became the rector of Georgetown’s Jesuit community.

Keehan has led the CHA since 2005, having served in administrative and governance roles at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Karam, who has led the CSA since 1999, was named president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals in May 2006. She is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture was inaugurated in 1999 to honor the Columbia native, former University of South Carolina student and distinguished leader in the Roman Catholic Church.

As priest and archbishop of Chicago, he addressed the social and ethical issues of our time and left a profound legacy of service, social concern and education. The university is working to raise funds to establish the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Ethical, Moral and Religious Studies.

The lectureship is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and its department of religious studies.

For more information about the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lectureship, contact Mardi McCabe at 803-777-4100 or via e-mail at mardi@sc.edu. For more information on the lectureship, visit the website: www.cas.sc.edu/relg/department/specialevents/bernard.html.

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lectureship

  • What: Annual event, begun in 1999, to honor the Columbia native, former USC student and distinguished leader in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Who: Dr. John Langan, the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Professor of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University; Sister Judith Ann Karam, president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Health Systems; Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. (Keehan), 7 p.m. (Langan) and 8 p.m. (Karam)
  • Where: School of Law auditorium

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 09/29/10 @ 12:05 PM | Updated: 10/07/10 @ 3:24 PM | Permalink