Campus Ministry-- at Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and Marymount-- seeks to foster the integral growth of all the Fordham University community, but especially focuses on the personal, spiritual, and moral development of its students, thereby complementing the work of other departments and divisions in pursuit of Fordham’s overall misssion. Campus Ministry assists the University in forming the whole person, i.e., one who is well-informed yet capable of critical reflection; who is deeply aware of personal values and seeks to serve others, particualarly those in need; and who strives to form a personal relationship with God. We believe this ambitious goal can be approached most effectively within a faith community.
Rooted and grounded in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, Fordham’s Campus Ministry promotes a vision of what it means to be a people of God by following the "way of proceeding" set forth by St. Ignatius Loyola, i.e., disposing ourselves in openness and inner freedom to seek and find God’s will through spiritual discernment. This,we believe, is a condition for aquiring true wisdom. More recently, within this tradition a new emphasis has been placed on the values of unity in diversity, of respecting the truth and goodness to be found in other cultures and religions; and of linking faith with justice, i.e., responding to God’s commandment of love first by insuring right relations within the human family, whatever be our background or present status. Respect for others and for the way that God works in us all grounds the spirituality and practice of those who work on Fordham’s Campus Ministry team.
We offer a warm and trusting welcome to all, a "home away from home" where students, faculty, and staff can always find a listening ear and an understanding heart. Besides fulfilling our own particualar responsibilities and providing counsel and spiritual direction upon request, we also live in student residences, worship in the community, teach, organize support groups, respond to emergencies, and serve on university committees and as academic advisors. In so doing we hope to heighten the community’s awareness of God at work in our midst and to dispose that same community to allow God’s Spirit to enliven us and bring to fruition our shared goals.