The search for reconciliation has become a compelling quest for many people in recent years, from all walks of life. Christian faith has the theme of reconciliation at the center of its understanding of what is God doing in the world. This lecture will look at the basics of reconciliation, and especially what Christian faith adds to the understanding and practice of reconciliation between persons, groups, and whole nations who are seeking to come together.

Group of Friends

From L to R: Bishop Eugene Gerber, Sr. Tarcisia Roths, ASC, Fr. Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S., Dr. jamey Findling. Photo by Kelly Snedden.


Fr. Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S.Robert Schreiter is Vatican Council II Professor of Theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and directs the Program in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at its Cardinal Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry. He also serves as theological consultant to Caritas Internationalis in the Vatican for programs in peacebuilding. He has lectured and led workshops on peacebuilding around the world and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject. Among his books are “Reconciliation: Mission and Ministry in a Changing Social Order” and “The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies,” both published by Orbis Books. He is a priest and member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.