Living the Mission

Change yourself. Then tackle the world.

Who we are determines what we do. We seek knowledge and engage with society. We strive to find God in all things. We are committed to the spirit of inquiry and curiosity even when—especially when—we don’t know where the answers will take us.

A Jesuit education means living a life beyond self, helping to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, heal the sick. Service is a critical part of who we are - so much so that it’s built into our curricula.

Nurturing the Jesuit, Catholic approach to education is the work of our division. We help everyone at Fordham grow spiritually through reflection, dialogue, and service. 

At Fordham, service forges the person you become. We hear it all the time from our alumni and current students: Fordham gives them the tools to not only make a positive change in themselves, but also a positive change in the world.

 

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Living the Mission News Articles

Music, Mingling, and Magis with Father Massa: Celebrate the Curran Center on June 2

Music, Mingling, and Magis with Father Massa: Celebrate the Curran Center on June 2

On Thursday, June 2, the University will celebrate a realized vision for the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies that Mark Massa, S.J., had when the center was founded in 2004. “Nearly 20-some years ago, Mark had a vision, a plan—some might say a determination—to establish the center at Fordham,” said Connie Curran, who, with [...]

Father McShane’s Message on Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo

Father McShane’s Message on Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo

Dear Members of the Fordham Family, As you undoubtably know, yesterday in a neighborhood supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., an 18-year-old gunman shot 13 people, killing 10 of them. Eleven of his victims were Black. As you also probably know from the news reports that we have all received, the gunman responsible for yesterday’s carnage spent [...]

New Chair Cites Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., as Guide for Inclusive Church

New Chair Cites Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., as Guide for Inclusive Church

In a lecture on March 24 at the Rose Hill campus, Cristina Traina, Ph.D., a professor of theology known for her research into Catholic feminist ethics, built on the scholarship of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., to suggest a vision for a Catholic Church that is truer to the inclusiveness at the heart of Jesus’ vision. [...]

Fordham’s New Annual Theology Lecture to Host Scholars Who Address Racism

Fordham’s New Annual Theology Lecture to Host Scholars Who Address Racism

Fordham’s theology department will establish its first annual lecture, thanks to a new gift from Theology Professor Emerita Barbara Hilkert Andolsen, Ph.D.  “Barbara has quietly been a groundbreaking figure in the field of Catholic feminist ethics. In a non-flashy way, she has been ahead of the curve on so many issues since the 1980s,” said [...]

Fordham Teams Up with New York Giants, Local Partners to Help Families Impacted by Bronx Fire

Fordham Teams Up with New York Giants, Local Partners to Help Families Impacted by Bronx Fire

“A ray of sunshine.” That was how Chanasia Hunter described a supply and resource distribution event on Feb. 8, organized by Fordham University, Monroe College, and their partners—the New York Giants, BronxWorks, the Bronx Zoo, and others. Hunter and her family were impacted by the devastating Bronx fire that ravaged an East 181st Street apartment [...]

Students GO! to the Bronx and Beyond Under a New Learning Model

Students GO! to the Bronx and Beyond Under a New Learning Model

Under a new model with the Center for Community Engaged Learning, Fordham’s longtime Global Outreach program is putting a greater focus on community engagement, rather than direct service. The pandemic threw a wrench in their plans, but it also gave them the space and time to explore this concept close to campus—and in locations within [...]

Project Hope: A Labor of Love

Project Hope: A Labor of Love

Eight years ago, Talia Padmore, FCLC ’25, started a tradition to give back to communities in need during the holiday season. This year, Padmore brought her home tradition to the Fordham community. She collaborated with Campus Ministry volunteers and the NYC Veterans administration to assemble 30 breakfast baskets with non-perishable items. The baskets were dropped [...]

CSTEP Scholarship Bridges the Final Financial Gap for Students

CSTEP Scholarship Bridges the Final Financial Gap for Students

As the fall semester ended, a new scholarships gift to the University’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) was making a difference for Fordham students who come from underrepresented groups or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The $2.5 million gift by Fordham alumna and former trustee Christina Seix Dow, TMC ’72, and her husband, Robert Dow, [...]

New Endowment Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts at Fordham

New Endowment Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts at Fordham

Going to Fordham College at Rose Hill in the 1960s, the late Joseph Esposito learned a lot about theology, philosophy, his own abilities as a writer and a communicator, and the value of the liberal arts. But there was one thing about himself that was still coming into focus. “The whole concept of sexuality was [...]

Fordham Students and Professors Document History of Immigrant Families in East Harlem

Fordham Students and Professors Document History of Immigrant Families in East Harlem

Two Fordham professors are writing a book about immigrant families in East Harlem who are connected to one of New York’s oldest community organizations, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Religion and Theology Program and initial funding from Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning.  “All of the things that we teach [...]

‘The Healing Power of Penance’: Armenian Bishop Offers Advice for Pandemic Times

‘The Healing Power of Penance’: Armenian Bishop Offers Advice for Pandemic Times

The time has come for a fuller understanding of penance and its ability to heal us, especially during the pandemic, said His Grace Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, who spoke at Fordham’s 2021 Economos Orthodoxy in America Lecture on Nov. 16.  “The time is right for a [...]

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Our programs send students out into the world, into war-torn, famine-ravaged countries, to care for the dignity and well-being of those more vulnerable then we are.

- Brendan Cahill, Exec. Director, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs