The founding Jesuits believed that “the best way to renew the world is to teach its youth.” More than 500 years later, Jesuit education continues to provide students with academic and social challenges that encourage them to critically examine and work to improve the world around them.
Students are taught the importance of leading socially-just lives throughout their time at Saint Peter’s Prep. Throughout the year, the Office of Campus Ministry and various academic departments provide students with many opportunities to increase their awareness of different social issues – through service opportunities, lectures, colloquia, etc. In all it does, Prep remains committed to the Society of Jesus’ service of faith and promotion of justice.
Saint Peter’s Prep also has its own chapter of Pax Christi, a national, Catholic peace movement. Pax Christi is open to all students. Members of Pax Christi work to educate themselves and the school community about relevant social justice issues, as well as complete various service and advocacy projects throughout the year. Pax Christi meets every other Wednesday at 3p.m.
Prep annually sends a delegation to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice and Day of Advocacy in Washington, DC. The Ignatian Family Teach-In is a weekend to come together with students from other Jesuit schools and analyze the ways we stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalized among us. It is run by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, which provides distinguished speakers, breakout sessions, and opportunities for dialogue with students from other Jesuit high schools and universities.
The community at Saint Peter’s Prep is committed to working against injustice in any way. If you have an issue that you feel strongly about and would like to bring to attention, please contact Mr. Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (201) 547-6486.
The delegation to the 2015 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.