Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award 2013

BY ISN STAFF April 1, 2013

USCCBApril 24, 2013 – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development has announced the application process for the 2013 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award.  

The Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award, an activity of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, recognizes the leadership, energy and diverse skills that young people bring to the anti-poverty work of low-income projects and Catholic parishes.  The Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award highlights the gifts of young leaders and their Gospel commitment to the poor.

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (1928-1996) demonstrated strong leadership to fulfill the option for the poor in the US and to build bridges across ethnic, class, and age barriers. Cardinal Bernardin began his ministry at a young age and was ordained a bishop while still in his thirties. In his role as the first bishop named General Secretary of the NCCB/USCC, he nurtured the vision for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and helped to shepherd it through its first years. He remained a strong supporter of CCHD while serving as Archbishop of Cincinnati and Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago. It has been said about Cardinal Bernardin that his gift was a vision to build consensus “that doesn’t just settle for what already exists, but moves us ahead to what is possible.”

The Bernardin Award is designed to

  • Recognize new and future leadership against poverty and injustice
  • Promote young people as leaders in our communities
  • Honor outstanding young leaders and their organizations/parishes
  • Strengthen the Catholic community’s participation in CCHD’s anti-poverty mission


The award would be given to a young Catholic, age 18-35, who demonstrates all of the following:

  • leadership consistent with the work and philosophy of CCHD to address the basic causes of economic poverty,
  • a commitment to carry out the church’s option for and with the poor through the empowerment of people living in poverty and relationship building between those who are poor and non-poor, and
  • potential for future leadership in these arenas.

Download the Bernardin Award brochure

Nominations Process

Nominations may be submitted by a pastor, university faculty or staff, a local CCHD Diocesan Director, a CCHD-funded project, a mentor or a colleague.

The nominator should submit the nomination form, a one-page recommendation, and up to two pages of supplementary biographical information, no later than July 31. For guidelines, please see the nomination form.

Award Notification

National CCHD will seek endorsement by the local Catholic bishop prior to determining recipients.

One award recipient will be chosen and notified by October 1.

CCHD will honor the recipient with a $1000 cash award and a reception held in conjunction with the November meeting of the US Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. CCHD will cover the recipient’s travel and one overnight stay in Washington, DC.

Specific questions can be addressed to Jill Rauh
via email or by phone (202) 541-3297.