The Thirty-Second General Congregation of the Society of Jesus emphasized the centrality of justice in Jesuit education: "The mission of the Society of Jesus today is the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement."
While the Thirty-Second General Congregation provided the immediate impetus for the development of service programs in Jesuit schools, such programs are more broadly grounded in the tradition of the social teaching of the Catholic Church. This long tradition culminated in the Second Vatican Council's emphasis on the importance of Church presence and Christian action in the social, political, economic and cultural spheres. The Catholic Bishops further specified this teaching when they wrote, “ Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel” ( Justice in the World ). In short, working for justice is neither optional nor the responsibility of only a few, but is the vocation of all Christians.
During a student's four years at Fairfield Prep he serves others in a variety of ways: as a freshman, during a field day with inner-city children; as a sophomore, in service to school, church or community. As a junior, by participating in an Urban Plunge , other immersion experiences or exploring agencies approved for senior service projects. The senior year service experience should continue and deepen these experiences as students make a year-long commitment to serve those less advantaged than them in some way.
Christian Service Applications
Fall 2013 Teach-In Application
Urban Plunge Leader Application
Urban Plunge Candidate Application (Class of 2015 only)
Application for El Salvador 2014
Application for Ecuador 2014
Application for Appalachia 2014 (Class of 2016 only) coming in March
Application for Jamaica 2014 coming in March