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

Fordham President Tania Tetlow’s Inaugural Address | Edwards Parade, Rose Hill Campus | October 14, 2022

Fordham President Tania Tetlow’s Inaugural Address | Edwards Parade, Rose Hill Campus | October 14, 2022

What an overwhelming moment. I am honored beyond measure to be entrusted by the Board of Trustees, and all of you, to be here today—the chance to build on the extraordinary work of my 32 predecessors, especially Fr. Joe McShane. Believe it or not, Fordham has only held two other inauguration ceremonies in almost 200 [...]

Theology Professor Works with Vatican on Global Project

Theology Professor Works with Vatican on Global Project

Bradford Hinze, Ph.D., the Karl Rahner, S.J. Professor of Theology, is working with the Vatican to give voice to those who have been historically marginalized and to help the Catholic Church re-examine its goals. This year, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development—an office that promotes human development, particularly for migrants and refugees—launched a [...]

Scholar to Examine Religious Connections to Ukraine War

Scholar to Examine Religious Connections to Ukraine War

The Russian invasion of Ukraine captured the biggest spotlight on the world stage in February, and eight months later, the war it ignited continues to rage on. But there’s more to the war than just missiles and economic sanctions, said Elizabeth Prodromou, Ph.D, a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. To fully [...]

Curran Center Award Winner Explores Healing Power of Voice

Curran Center Award Winner Explores Healing Power of Voice

There is healing power in using your voice. That was one of the lessons of “A Theology of Voice: VOCAL and the Catholic Clergy Abuse Survivor Movement,” an article by Brian Clites, Ph.D., chosen by Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies in May as the winner of its third annual New Scholars essay contest. [...]

Mass of the Holy Spirit: ‘Bigger Than This Moment’

Mass of the Holy Spirit: ‘Bigger Than This Moment’

The Fordham community gathered on Sept. 11 to kick off the academic year at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on the Rose Hill campus.  President Tania Tetlow asked those in attendance at the University Church to think about the meaning of the ceremony, both current and historic. “This is bigger than this particular [...]

With Manhattan Interfaith Ceremony, President Tetlow Kicks Off New School Year

With Manhattan Interfaith Ceremony, President Tetlow Kicks Off New School Year

Tania Tetlow, president of Fordham, struck a unifying note for a diverse community as she welcomed the new school year with an interfaith prayer ceremony that was open to all. “There’s much that I’ve learned about how we really understand our own faiths when we understand the wisdom of other religions as well, and we [...]

Fordham Students and President Tetlow Partner with Community at Urban Plunge

Fordham Students and President Tetlow Partner with Community at Urban Plunge

Learning about health disparities in the Bronx, planting and mulching a community garden, helping to serve lunch to those in need, and cleaning up local streets were just a few ways some first-year Fordham students started their college careers. The students were participating in the Urban Plunge Program, a pre-orientation program run by Fordham’s Center [...]

A Personal Introduction to the Superior General of the Jesuits

A Personal Introduction to the Superior General of the Jesuits

President Tania Tetlow and senior members of Fordham’s leadership met with the superior general of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J., for a private luncheon at the Jesuit Curia during a recent summer pilgrimage to Rome. “Father Sosa is both deeply spiritual and entirely pragmatic. He comes from higher education, so he understands [...]

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 [...]