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. Service projects include Subway Runs (bringing food and fellowship to people experiencing homelessness), tutoring at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep on the third Saturday of every month, and organizing activity days at Peace Care St. Ann’s, a Catholic senior citizen’s program in Jersey City. Pax Christi meets during Community Period on Activities days in the Campus Ministry Lounge.
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 DoughertyJ@spprep.org or 201-547-6486.