The Cardinal Suenens Center honors the life and work of Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens (1904-1996), Archbishop of Malines Brussels and Primate of Belgium.

The Cardinal Suenens Center exists to serve the vision of the Second Vatican Council especially as its themes intersect with the legacy of Cardinal Suenens.

Those themes include, but are not limited to, the Church and co-responsibility of the people of God, ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, and spirituality.

The Cardinal Suenens Center maintains an intense interest in fostering academic research, study, publication, and conversation devoted to the spirit of renewal that illumined the life and work of Cardinal Suenens.

Following our inaugural conference, “Retrieving Charisms for the 21st Century,” held at John Carroll University in 1996, the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll University has been supported principally through the generosity of Mrs. Margaret F. Grace of New York.