Pedro Arrupe Faith and Justice Program
WHO WE ARE
Pedro Arrupe, SJ, the 28th
Superior General of the Society of Jesus, articulated the goal of a Jesuit University as this:
“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.”
In this spirit, 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 including liturgical ministry, retreat programs, Conversational English, community clean up projects, and more. Throughout the process, students will work alongside our neighbors in solidarity. In the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, “Love ought to manifest itself in deeds, not just words.” In addition to service, students will meet in groups to explore the connection to faith and justice in their own lives.
The Pedro Arrupe Faith and Justice Program encourages direct volunteer work, but also learning the deeper implications within service itself. As a Catholic and Jesuit Institution of higher education, we believe that all human beings are born with dignity, therefore interaction with the community goes beyond the work itself, making a more rewarding experience. There will be opportunities to further understand the deeper implications of community service, and the underlying aspects of faith. Our ultimate goal is to build community, opening the door for greater connection between Fordham University and its neighbors here in the Bronx. Students will then leave with the knowledge that not only did they give back to the community, but the community gave them something as well.
All students are welcome to participate in the Pedro Arrupe Faith and Justice program. We are seeking students who are committed to sustained work in the community. We looking forward to sharing these experiences with you.
What we did in 2012-2013...
Resource Fair at our lady of mercy
On Sunday, April 14, 2013, the Pedro Arrupe Faith and Justice partnered with Our Lady of Mercy Church to host a resource fair for the local community. Multiple community partners, offering assistance in areas such as medical services, food insecurity and housing support, attended the fair to advertise their agencies. Overall, the fair was an overwhelming success and at the same time an extremely rewarding experience for all of those in attendance.
St. Brendan Senior Luncheons
About 4-5 Saturdays during each semester, we helped out with the Senior Luncheon at Saint Brendan Church. We would be there from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM and would help serve the lunch as well as eat and get to know the seniors. One Saturday in December, a group of about 10 Fordham students came to sing Christmas Carols, which the seniors loved!
ST. Rita's Immigration Center
St. Rita's Immigration Center, located on Andrews Ave. off Fordham Rd., serves the diverse immigrant population in the Bronx. This year a few students assisted in the English as a Second language classroom.
Creston Baptist Church Lunches
Students helped serve lunches on Saturdays at the Creston Baptist Church, also located off Fordham Road. It was a wonderful opportunity to join the faith community as they worked together in prayer and service.
Upcoming Programs for 2013-2014
Senior Luncheon at St. Brendan’s - Saturdays
By getting involved with St. Brendan’s Senior Luncheon, students can form relationships with those in a faith community outside of Fordham. Volunteers help with the lunch’s set up, serving, and clean up, but also get a chance to eat with and get to know the senior citizens of St. Brendan’s. Program members commit to volunteering a few Saturdays a month, usually from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. St. Brendan’s is located on East 206th Street, just a twenty-minute walk from Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. Grace Creston Baptist Church Soup Kitchen
ESL at St. Rita’s Immigration Center
Members of the Pedro Arrupe Program 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 Class (ESL)”. 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 of Fordham Road (three stops down on the BX12 bus).
Our Lady of Refuge Grammar School
Provide academic guidance and organizational skills for students in early grades.
Sign up at www.fordham.edu/cm - click Pedro Arrupe tab
“To form men-and–women- for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and God’s Christ – for the God-Man who lived and died for all the world; men and woman who cannoteven conceive of the 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.”
Pedro Arrupe S.J. (Twenty Eighth Superior General of the Society of Jesus)
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