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Peacebuilders combines CTU's vast theological resources with the Bernardin Center's mission to teach peacemaking and reconciliation to a generation hungering for the opportunity and training to become leaders in the church and the wider community.
The vision of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin is the same as that of the Second Vatican Council – a vision of a church renewed, a church that mirrors the compassion of Jesus.
In 1997, with the Cardinal’s endorsement, Catholic Theological Union established the Bernardin Center to build upon his work and vision. The Center focuses on a range of public programs about issues that were hallmarks of his vision.
An integral part of CTU, the Bernardin Center advances Cardinal Bernardin’s vision through an array of initiatives focused on his signature issues of reconciliation and peacemaking, interreligious dialogue, the consistent ethic of life, leadership development for the church, and Catholic Common Ground. Among the Center’s distinctive initiatives are: