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.
Resource Fair- Sunday, April 14, 10 AM - 3 PM
We are hosting a Resource Fair at Our Lady of Mercy Church introducing local community partners to the congregation in a familiar and trustworthy environment. Event set up and/or Spanish translators needed.
Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up- Saturday, April 20, 8 AM - 5 PM
Sandy Saturday at Guardian Angel Church in Brighton Beach, Queens. This church was badly flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Outdoor cleanup and indoor office work: transportation, meals, safety equipment provided.
Senior Luncheon at St. Brendan’s - Saturdays
Set up, serve, and clean up, providing companionship and conversation with the elderly.
Grace Creston Baptist Church Soup Kitchen - Saturdays
Preparation and distribution of meals.
ESL at St. Rita’s Immigration Center
Assist in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes through basic vocabulary drills or conversational practice. No other language skills required.
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 cannot even 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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If you are interested in helping out, please register at the link above or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!