About CFJ

Background

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.

Read more about our Mission and History.

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

Past Trustees

Rocky Balsamo

John Bradley

Jim Burke

Erin Dolan

Michael Gomez

Aline Haynes

Laura Heil

Meghan Heil-Colarusso

Kenneth Likely

Dayna Pizzigoni Hanna

Helen Sanford

Polly Seitz

Michael Stewart

Terri Stolte

Mary Vanderhoof

Alumni

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.

Institutional Partners

We could not do our WorX without our dedicated institutional partners.  Please join us in thanking them for their support!

Publications and News

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