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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Fordham in Rome: Reflections From University Leadership

Fordham in Rome: Reflections From University Leadership

This summer, members of Fordham’s senior leadership traveled to Rome to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the spiritual conversion of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, who spent 15 years in Rome. The pilgrimage was also an opportunity for the University’s leaders to strengthen Fordham’s global presence and build new partnerships abroad. In [...]

A Conversation with Cardinal Versaldi: Inclusivity, Catholic Education, and Fordham’s Global Identity

A Conversation with Cardinal Versaldi: Inclusivity, Catholic Education, and Fordham’s Global Identity

During a recent address to a Fordham delegation visiting Rome, one of the Vatican’s top officials—Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, prefect for Catholic education—emphasized the importance of inclusion, especially in the realm of Catholic education. It’s critical for Catholic schools like Fordham to maintain their religious identity, he said in the talk, while fostering dialogue with those [...]

Vatican’s Secretary of State Proposes Partnership Between Fordham and Rome School

Vatican’s Secretary of State Proposes Partnership Between Fordham and Rome School

In a special pilgrimage to Rome in June, President Tania Tetlow and a group of Fordham representatives met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state. Speaking to the group in the official residence of Pope Francis, the cardinal praised Fordham founder Archbishop John Hughes and offered an invitation to establish a partnership with [...]

New Internship Strengthens Fordham Connection to Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

New Internship Strengthens Fordham Connection to Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

Harry Parks, a rising junior in the honors program at Fordham College at Rose Hill, has always felt a strong connection to his Orthodox Christian faith. Thanks to a newly created internship, he’s strengthened it even more. Parks, a native of Scarsdale, New York, who is majoring in International Studies and minoring in Orthodox Christian [...]

In the Footsteps of Ignatius: President Tetlow and Fordham Delegation Visit Jesuit Headquarters in Rome

In the Footsteps of Ignatius: President Tetlow and Fordham Delegation Visit Jesuit Headquarters in Rome

One week before taking the helm as the 33rd president of Fordham, Tania Tetlow accompanied a University delegation to Rome—a city with deep ties to the Jesuits—to mark the 500th anniversary of the spiritual conversion of St. Ignatius Loyola. In a weeklong trip in late June, the group walked in the footsteps of St. Ignatius—the founder [...]

Fordham Launches New Effort to Connect with Bronx Partners

Fordham Launches New Effort to Connect with Bronx Partners

Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning has become a hub for several well-established (and a few new) Bronx-based relationships the University has fostered over the years. On Friday, May 6, the center took that effort a step further at a day-long summit at the Bronx Zoo, formally launching a new consortium between Fordham, local government, [...]

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 [...]