When St. Ignatius of Loyola and his companions designated education an apostolate of the Society of Jesus, their goal was to empower students to "find God in all things." They believed forming students with the ability to discern God's presence in the world would further the Society’s universal mission to "help souls" for "the greater glory of God." Today that ideal of Ignatian education is expressed in the phrase "educating men and women for and with others." Students at Fordham Preparatory School are called to wonder, to reverence and to thank God, and to serve all of God's creation, especially their sisters and brothers in need.
The Christian Service Program is responsible for organizing a curriculum, programs, and activities that provide students with opportunities to recognize, appreciate, and live out this vocation.
In addition to the four-year service requirement, students can also apply to travel to Camden, NJ, the Appalachia Mountain Region of Tennessee, and Quito, Ecuador, to live in communion with 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 Christian Service Immersion Trips to Camden, Tennessee, and Ecuador click here.
"The mission of the Society of Jesus today is the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement.” (General Congregation 32 of the Society of Jesus". Responding to this mission Fordham Prep's social justice initiatives aim to form students who are committed to justice by inviting them to assess critical issues of justice through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and Ignatian spirituality. The Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Social Justice works closely with a student-led social justice committee to plan events and programs for the community.
For more information about these programs, visit our Campus Ministry page.