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Christian Service Program

The mission of the Society of Jesus has been from the beginning to “help souls” and to do all things “for the greater glory of God.” The schools the Jesuits founded were to be both an object and an instrument of that mission. Today, the ideal of Jesuit education is expressed in the phrase “educating men and women for others.” Fordham Preparatory School works to cultivate in its students the ability to find God in all things, to recognize the call to wonder, to revere, to thank and to serve God and all creation, especially people in need. The Service Program is responsible for organizing a curriculum, programs and activities that provide students with opportunities to hear and to respond to this vocation.

Director: Paul Homer

Student Requirements

In order to achieve the goal of making service an integral part of every student’s experience, Fordham Prep has a four-year service requirement for all students.

Requirements by Year

Summer immersion trips

In addition to the four-year service requirement, students can also volunteer to travel to Camden, NJ, the Appalachia Mountain Region of Tennessee, and Quito, Ecuador to live in community and to provide material assistance to residents in need. Our young men do much-needed building and home repairs for people who are not able to do or afford the work. Lasting from a week to ten days, most of these trips take place in the summer.

To learn more about this year's Christian Service Immersion Trips to Camden, Tennessee and Ecuador follow the link below.

Coordinator: Nelson Ritter

Trip Information

Social justice opportunities

Fordham Prep is intensifying its efforts to educate itself about and bear witness to Catholic social teaching. The Campus Ministry and Service Departments currently sponsor a number of social justice events to increase student awareness of justice issues. These include Hunger Awareness Week, school-wide canned food drives, Ignatian PeaceAction assemblies on environmental justice, immigration reform and Good Friday Peace Walk for Justice.

Social Justice Committee


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Ignatian Identity & Sprituality

Opening in 1841 as St. John’s College, Fordham Prep was one of the very first Jesuit schools founded in the United States. Today, we are part of a network of 60 Jesuit high schools across the country. Our mission is to form young men of faith, scholarship and service. 

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