An integral part of 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.
- Catholics on Call invites young adults to explore the meaning and discernment of vocation.
- The Peacebuilders Initiative prepares Catholic high school youth for leadership roles in peacemaking, reconciliation, and conflict transformation.
- Catholic-Jewish Studies and Catholic-Muslim Studies both offer opportunities for interreligious dialogue among the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith communities.
- The In Good Faith dinner series brings together members of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities for education and fellowship.
- Endowed faculty chairs: the Vatican II Chair in Theology; the Erica and Harry John Family Chair in Ethics; and the Crown Ryan Chair in Jewish Studies.