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Programs and Initiatives

An integral part of Catholic Theological Union (CTU), The Bernardin Center has many distinctive initiatives which include:

  • Catholic Common Ground Initiative works to lessen polarities and divisions that weaken the communion of the Church.
  • The Catholic-Jewish Studies Program and the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program both offer opportunities for interreligious dialogue among the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith communities.
  • Catholics on Call invites young adults to explore the meaning and discernment of vocation.
  • Endowed Faculty Chairs:  Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies; Erica and Harry John Family Chair of Catholic Theological Ethics; and Vatican Council II Chair of Theology.
  • The In Good Faith dinner series brings together members of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities for education and fellowship.
  • The Peacebuilders Initiative (2003-2015) prepared Catholic high school youth for leadership roles in peacemaking, reconciliation, and conflict transformation.