About Us

"Love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words." - St. Ignatius

Fordham University established the Graduate Institute of Religious Education in 1968, and raised it to the status of a Graduate School in 1975 with expanded goals and programming. Our school draws on its Catholic and Jesuit wellsprings to prepare people of multiple religious traditions to transform their faith into action. We are guided by Ignatius of Loyola's maxim from the Spiritual Exercises: "Love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words." 

St. Ignatius

We enroll students from all religious backgrounds and from all over North America as well as from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and the Pacific Rim.

In cooperation with all denominations, the GRE seeks to serve religion and religious education through research and continued ministerial outreach. While we are committed to charting future directions, we also confront contemporary problems of church communities with compassion, and wisdom.