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Faith Doing Justice Summit

Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ - for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.

-Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, twenty-eighth Superior General of the Society of Jesus

The Faith Doing Justice Summit, a collaborative effort of the Office of Mission and Identity, Campus Ministry, Christian Service and the Diversity, Global Education, and Social Justice Committees, aims to help form our community as people committed to a faith that does justice. The summit encourages our community to assess critically issues of justice through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and Ignatian spirituality. Through unified efforts of all our Ignatian Ministries, the Summit will bring a specific justice issue to the consciousness of our community in order to foster dialogue and appropriate action. 


2020-2021 Summit: Care for our Common Home

In the encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us that all human beings share responsibility for care of creation, considered by many peoples "mother earth". “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.,”

"The damage done to the earth is also damage done to the most vulnerable, such as indigenous peoples, peasants forced to emigrate, and the inhabitants of urban peripheries. The environmental destruction being caused by the dominant economic system is inflicting intergenerational damage: not only does it affect those now living on earth, particularly the very young, but it also conditions and jeopardizes the life of future generations. 

We resolve, considering who we are and the means that we have, to collaborate with others in the construction of alternative models of life that are based on respect for creation and on a sustainable development capable of producing goods that, when justly distributed, ensure a decent life for all human beings on our planet.” 

- Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, 2019-2029

The 2020-2021 Faith Doing Justice Summit invites the Fordham Prep community to consider what it means to “collaborate for the care of our common” as we share in the universal mission of Jesuit schools “to be companions of reconciliation and justice with God, within humanity and with creation (General Congregation 36, Decree #1).

On Monday, March 8th the Social Justice Committee will hold our annual Faith Doing Justice assembly through a zoom webinar. Our panelists for the assembly will be Dr. Nancy Tuchman, Dean of Loyola University's School for Environmental Sustainability, Matt Lorentz, a student from the School of Environmental Sustainability, and Lee Zappas, the regional in-house environmental manager for UBS in the Americas.  Students will participate in the panel discussion in their classrooms at the end of the first block and remote students will receive a link to participate from home. A recording will be made available after the program.

In addition to the assembly, our student-led Environmental Sustainability Task Force launched an education and awareness campaign this semester to help our community learn more about environmental issues, church teaching on this topic, and what we can do to be a more environmentally sustainable community at the Prep.  They have shared information on the Prep website, Schoology, the Commons screens, and a new Instagram account @fpenvironmental. Also, students in our Global Scholars program will be running an awareness campaign the week of March 15th.

We look forward to engaging the community in dialogue about these important issues in the coming weeks as we strive to become men and women ever more “committed to doing justice” (Profile of the Graduate at Graduation).

2019-2020 Summit: Walking with the Excluded

Sent as companions in a mission of reconciliation and justice, we resolve to walk with individuals and communities that are vulnerable, excluded, marginalized, and humanly impoverished. We commit ourselves to walk with the victims of abuse of power, abuse of conscience, and sexual abuse; with the outcasts of this world; with all those whom the biblical tradition knows as the poor of the earth, to whose cry the Lord responds with his liberating incarnation.

We confirm our commitment to care for migrants, displaced persons, refugees, and victims of wars and human trafficking. We also resolve to defend the culture and the dignified existence of indigenous peoples. Consequently, we will continue to help create conditions of hospitality, to accompany all these people in their process of integration into society, and to promote the defense of their rights.

We accompany the poor, inspired by our faith in God the Father of mercy who invites us to embrace reconciliation as the foundation of a new humanity.” 

- Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, 2019-2029

The 2019-2020 Faith Doing Justice Summit invites the Fordham Prep community to consider what it means to “walk with the excluded” as we share in the universal mission of Jesuit schools “to be companions of reconciliation and justice with God, within humanity and with creation (General Congregation 36, Decree #1). Through dialogues, assemblies and curricular connections we will reflect on this mission, the plight of marginalized people in our world, and explore ways we can accompany them on the road to liberation.

The following events are planned for this year’s Summit:

Monday, February 10, 2020
Junior Assembly
Topic: Refugees
Guest speaker: Miriam Ford
Sponsored by Social Justice Committee

Monday, March 2, 2020
Red Chair Campaign Sophomore Assembly
Topic: The Right To Education
Guest speaker Kevin Hacket ‘68 ,
sponsored by Global Education Committee

Sunday, March 8, 2020
3-5 pm in the Leonard Theatre
Fordham Prep and America Media present
Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboys Industries,
the largest gang intervention program in the world.
(open to parents, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the public)
Register at

Monday, March 9, 2020
Faith Doing Justice Assembly with Guest Speaker Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, author of the best-selling books Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir, and founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the world.
Leonard Theatre
(students only)

Date TBA
Diversity Dialogue on Gangs and the Criminal Justice System,
sponsored by the Diversity Committee

The Universal Apostolic Preferences- Fr. Sosa’s letter

Universal Apostolic Preferences Website

2018-19 Summit - Criminal Justice: Reconciliation and Redemption

I offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.
- Pope Francis, to U.S. Congress

The theme selected for our inaugural Summit is “Criminal Justice: Reconciliation and Redemption.” During the Summit week and throughout the school year, we will, as a community, look at various justice issues connected to the criminal justice system from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching and our Ignatian worldview and values. Among the topics covered will be reform in the criminal justice system, the death penalty, restorative justice, equity, racism and migrant incarceration.

Tuesday, November 6
Faith Doing Justice Assembly with Guest Speaker Sr. Helen Prejean, author of the best-selling book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty.

Leonard Theatre
10 am to 11 am

Wednesday, November 7
Showing of the documentary 13th followed by dialogue on race and equity in the criminal justice system.
2 Minute Preview of 13th 
Room 232-233
3 pm to 5 pm

Monday- Friday, November 5- 9
Classroom lessons and activities by various teachers.  See a list of classses and topics here

Additional events will be added throughout the year.


Sr. Helen Prejean on misconceptions about death row

Sr. Helen Prejean interview on MSNBC 

Vatican News: “Pope Francis: ‘death penalty inadmissable’”

Bryan Stevenson TED Talk: “We Need to Talk About an Injustice” - Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system.

Pope Francis’ Address to the International Association of Criminal Law 

Catholic Social Teaching

Ignatian Solidarity Network

The Migrant Caravan through the eyes of Catholic Social Teaching, America Magazine

Justice for All? Challenging Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System- American Bar Association