Living Faith, Doing Justice

The mission of the Center for FaithJustice is to inspire the next generation of leaders by creating programs to serve those in need and educate for justice in the Catholic tradition.  Since our founding in 2008, we have served more than 4,000 young adults through our intensive retreat-style immersion experiences to impoverished areas whom have completed more than 100,000 hours of service.  Named for the biblical passage that inspired them “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26), our WorX programs engender in young people a deep understanding of systemic poverty and instill lifelong values of social justice through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.  Our alumni have gone on to become impressive servant leaders in many diverse fields ranging from international aid in Uganda to corporate America.



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Another great day of service with the first year students at Georgian Court University: Official! Students made over 200 sandwiches at Christ United Methodist Church of Lakewood that were delivered to the @New Lexington Manor in Lakewood, sewed cat toys for the cats at the Ocean County Animal Facility, sewed developmental hearts for premature babies, wrote letters to deployed troops for Operation Gratitude, tied fleece blankets and wrote letters of encouragement for children at HomeFront, Christmas cards, made decorations for Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, created holiday party decorations for DPD Catholic Charities, made Christmas ornaments for seniors at Asbury Park Senior Center, wrapped flatware for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and made classroom games and placemats for Lakewood LEAP, Inc.

We also welcomed special guests from Visitation Home, Inc., who joined the students for bingo and crafts. Thanks for making the field trip, guys!

Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

A special thank you to Gaffney Fabrics, Stitch N' Sew Centre, & Pets Plus for generous donations.
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An Election Season Prayer God, I know that I don’t have to get angry. I don't have to get worked up. I don’t have to get depressed. And I don't have to throw anything at the TV. I just have to use my conscience and vote. So help me remember what Jesus taught in the Gospels, and what our church teaches, especially about the poor, the refugee, the migrant, the sick, the homeless, the unborn, the disabled, the hungry, the elderly and the lonely. Help me remember the "least" among us, and help me ponder in my heart how to cast my vote for the good of all. God, I know that no candidate is perfect, because I'm not perfect either, the last time I checked. So free me of the burden of having to vote for someone who satisfies all my desires for a candidate. My candidate will be imperfect, like me. Help me to be grateful for the ability to vote, because not everyone has that privilege. And when I meet people voting for someone else, Help me to take a deep breath and give them the benefit of the doubt, because they are following their consciences, too. Help me remember that even though they sometimes drive me nuts, I don't have to argue with them, I don't have to convince them, I don't have to hate them, And I don't have to demonize them. Then, after the election, help me work for unity. Because I know that’s what you want. Amen. (CNS photo/John Taggart, EPA)

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“The Center for Faithjustice consistently provides programs that challenge students to rethink what they know about social justice, their faith and how those two things are inseparable. Their programs, especially JusticeworX, have shaped so many students into active, faith-filled stewards of peace, love, and solidarity. Their staff is extremely professional and prepared. They are the quintessential Catholic Social teaching organization in the Mid-Atlantic region and I will always make sure that my students have an opportunity to experience their good work.”   -Sam Deitch, St. Joe’s Prep Campus Minister, written September 10, 2014