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Pedro Arrupe Faith and Justice Community
  


People of faith, in service with others.


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who is pedro arrupe
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Who we are
The Pedro Arrupe Faith & Justice Community combines direct volunteer work in
the local Bronx community with reflection, in order to discover the deeper implications of
community service and its connection to the student’s individual faith. As a Catholic and Jesuit
institution for higher education, we believe that all human beings are born with dignity, and
through the Pedro Arrupe Community, we work alongside our neighbors in solidarity. In the
words of Pedro Arrupe, S.J., “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.”

Campus Ministry invites students of ALL faith backgrounds to join us as we enter into
the struggle for justice with our neighbors in local parishes through a variety of service
opportunities. These include community cleanup projects, senior luncheons, conversational
English tutoring, soup kitchens, and much more. In addition to service, students will meet in
groups to explore the connection of service to faith and justice in their lives.
Our ultimate goal is to build community, opening the door for greater connections and
relationships between Fordham University and its neighbors here in the Bronx. Students will
flourish in the knowledge that not only did they give back to the community, but the community
gave back to them as well.

“We cannot, then, separate action for justice and liberation from oppression from the
proclamation of the Word of God.”
Pedro Arrupe S.J. (Twenty Eighth Superior General of the Society of Jesus)

Contact Us

Interested in participating in a project? Click here (link to google spreadsheet)
Like us on Facebook for more information on upcoming events Here! (link to facebook page)
Interested in joining the Pedro Arrupe Council? Click Here for the Leadership Application
If you are interested in helping out, please register at the link above or email
pedroarrupefordham@gmail.com. Thanks!

Who is Pedro Arrupe?

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, was the 28th

spiritual depth, Arrupe envisioned a Jesuit education that is mission oriented, firmly rooted
in justice, service and solidarity with the poor and suffering. He discovered this amidst
the casualties of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and continued to lead and inspire the Jesuit
community until his death in 1991.

We strive to follow his example in order to live alongside the poor, to learn from the
marginalized and to love all of our brothers and sisters.

Current Projects

English as a Second Language (ESL) at St. Rita's Immigration Center
Members of the Pedro Arrupe Community who would like to volunteer at St. Rita’s commit
to helping out once a week for a two hour English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. This
includes helping as a teaching assistant, usually doing basic vocabulary drills or conversational
practice with students in the class. All students are invited to volunteer; it is not necessary to
know another language besides English. St. Rita’s Immigration Center is located on Andrews
Ave. right off Fordham Road (three stops down on the BX12 bus).

Creston Baptist Church Lunches
At Creston Baptist Church, volunteers work in the soup kitchen on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.
to 2:15 p.m. Tasks include organizing materials, setting up the serving trays, serving the food,
and cleaning up afterwards. We meet at the Walsh Library gates at 11:15 a.m. to walk over to
the church, which is located near the Fordham Road 4 train stop. It is a wonderful opportunity to
join the faith community as we work together in prayer and service.
Interested in participating in a project? Click here

Some Past Projects

El Camino del Bronx (Spring 2014)
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, 18 pilgrims journeyed through the Bronx on their way to St. Simon
Stock Church. Along the way, they participated in 5 unique prayer moments, stopping at
significant locations such as Fordham Plaza, Our Lady of Mercy Church, and Union Community
Health Center. Upon arrival at St. Simon Stock Church, the pilgrims picked up their tools
and went to work recreating a garden outside the Church for the community. The community
responded with gratitude and eagerly awaits a rededication of the garden in the future!

Resource Fair at Our Lady of Mercy (Spring 2014)
On Sunday, March 2, 2014, the Pedro Arrupe Faith and Justice Community partnered with Our
Lady of Mercy Church to host our third annual resource fair for the local community. Multiple
organizations such as BronxWorks, Fordham Beford Community Services, Mexican Coalition,
and Montefiore Medical Center attended the fair. These organizations offered information about
assistance in areas such as medical services, food insecurity, legal and immigration issues,
and housing support. With more than 300 members of the Church congregation attending, the
fair was an overwhelming success and an extremely rewarding experience for all of those in
attendance.

Midnight Run (2013-2014)
The Pedro Arrupe Community provides all bagged lunches to each of the GO! Community
Midnight Run efforts providing for the homelesss community in the NYC area. Each month,
Pedro Arrupe Community bags up to 100 lunches for the homeless needs of the city

Anniversary with Cardinal Dolan (Spring 2013)
Cardinal Dolan celebrated the 100th anniversary with the parish by presiding over a special
mass. The Pedro Arrupe Community was there to assist with hospitality and to welcome the
parishioners.

Church of the Guardian Angel Hurricane Sandy Relief Project (Spring 2013)
Hurricane Sandy devastated the Church of the Guardian Angel in Brooklyn. The entire basement
was destroyed and at least three feet of water ruined the elevated first floor. Outside, we helped
remove the plants killed by the salt water, and cleared debris. Inside, volunteers organized three
months worth of receipts and collections.

St. Martin of Tours garden cleanup (Spring 2012)
Through the combined effort of the Pedro Arrupe Community and the Fordham Football team,
we transformed the overgrown side garden of the church into a peaceful prayer sanctuary for the
parish.

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