The Center for FaithJustice (CFJ) inspires the next generation of leaders by creating programs to serve those in need and educate for justice in the Catholic tradition. Officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2008, our founders boldly envisioned an innovative approach to faith formation that would engage young people not only through intensive reflection and emphasis on catechesis but also ministry to those in need. This vision has evolved into the Center’s signature “WorX” programs – ServiceworX, JusticeworX, and LeaderworX – for youth and young adults from middle school through college, along with a number of other boutique and academic year experiences.
CFJ is approaching the end of its first official decade of nonprofit service, but the WorX programs actually extend back even further. Named for the biblical passage that inspired them, faith without works is dead (James 2:26), the WorX programs create a space for participants to engage in direct service to those in need and participate in complimentary prayer and reflection. In contrast to typical service learning, CFJ engenders in young people a deep understanding of systemic poverty and instills lifelong values of social justice through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.
Since our founding, we have served more than 5,000 young adults through our intensive retreat-style service immersion experiences to impoverished areas, representing more than 150,000 cumulative hours of service. Those original program participants are now young professionals in the early stages of career, marriage, and family life; in fact, several of them currently serve on the Center’s Board of Trustees. Our alumni have gone on to become impressive servant leaders in many diverse fields ranging from international aid to corporate America to ordained ministry.
The WorX Team
After a decade of experience working with schools, faith communities, and nonprofit organizations, Seán Patrick Sanford founded the Center for FaithJustice in 2007; he served as a the Executive Director of CFJ from 2007 through 2011, and as President from 2007 to 2012. He is a currently a member of the Board of Trustees.View profile
A lifelong Catholic and advocate of service and justice, Stephanie was appointed President of the Center for FaithJustice in April 2015. She is an executive in the non-profit sector with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of philanthropic management.View profile
Vice President of Programs and Outreach
Mary Ann comes to CFJ after working in student affairs in higher education for the last decade. She most recently worked as the Associate Director of Student Engagement for Community Service at Philadelphia University.View profile
Manager of Business & Financial Operations
A lifelong resident of Mercer County and Byzantine Catholic, Dorice joined the Center for FaithJustice in August 2014 with more than 15 years of experience in business and non-profit management. She has worked extensively with the non-profit sector specializing in business operations for grass-root organizations.View profile
After interning at the Center for FaithJustice in 2015, Tara was excited to join the team as an Executive Associate in June 2016!View profile
Sabina joined the Center for FaithJustice in fall 2016 as Executive Associate and LeaderworX Coordinator. Previously, she participated in two summers of the LeaderworX program in which the words faith, community, and service took on a whole new meaning for her.View profile
Natalie is this year’s FaithJustice Fellow. During her time at Princeton University, she recognized two things: the importance of social justice, and the centrality of her Catholic faith to her life. Although she served as Girl Scout and in other capacities, she never had the opportunity to combine service with faith. Interning at a women’s shelter for abused female foreign domestic workers in...View profile
Kimby first joined the CFJ family as a participant on JusticeworX. Her experience there sparked her interest, and after several more service/immersion trips the fire was burning! She attended Boston College where she deepened her faith and knowledge and fell in love with the Jesuits! She graduated with the call to “set the world aflame” ringing in her ears.View profile
Board of Trustees
Graig P. Corveleyn, First American Title Company
Adam Day (Treasurer), Rutgers University, Department of the Treasury
Stephen DeMarco, Goldman Sachs
Thomas Hogan (Chairman), Retired, MetLife
Christine Rath, Community Volunteer
Sarah Jensen, Crown Media Family Networks
Séan Sanford (Founder), Director, Contemplative Leaders in Action
Deborah Seme (Secretary), Community Volunteer
Alexandra Varga, Center for Environmental Research and Sustainability
Dayna Pizzigoni Hanna
CFJ has served more than 5,000 youth and young adults through our intensive retreat-style WorX immersion experiences to impoverished areas, representing more than 300,000 combined hours of direct service and social justice education. Our alumni have gone on to become impressive servant leaders in many diverse fields ranging from international aid to corporate America to ordained ministry. Below is just a taste of their many accomplishments and diverse interests!
Check out our Alumni page to read more.