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The Great Ignatian Challenge


The Great Ignatian Challenge is the creation of Fordham Prep alumnus, Jim Rowen. Inspired by the Jesuit mission of being “women and men for others,” Mr. Rowen initiated the Challenge by pledging thousands of dollars to support participating schools in their Thanksgiving food drives. The Challenge was intended to highlight the collective service power and generosity among the participating Jesuit high schools. 

Since 2016, the number of participating schools has grown and over 937,000 pounds of food has been collected and distributed across local area food banks, community centers, and aid organizations. This year, we are thrilled to announce that De Smet Jesuit, Gonzaga Prep, and Rockhurst High School are all joining the Challenge, bringing the participating schools to 18!

Schools Participating

   Boston College             Canisius                 Cheverus            De Smet Jesuit Fairfield College Prep Fordham PreP        


 Georgetown Prep        Gonzaga Prep             Gonzaga      Loyola (Manhattan) Loyola (Blakefield) McQuaid Jesuit  


        Regis                   Rockhurst             Scranton Prep       St. Joseph's Prep      St. Peter's Prep            Xavier      


The schools are all sponsored by the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Challenge derives its name from the 16th-century saint, Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, who taught:

"Love consists of sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves.
Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words."

A key component of a Jesuit education is caring for the wider community which allows students to gain first-hand knowledge of local, national, and global issues. Through service to the community, the students prepare for the day when they will participate in their world as competent, concerned, and responsible members who are committed to social justice.

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