We Inspire the Next Generation of Leaders
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.
“Faith without works is dead.”
Named for the biblical passage that inspired them, faith without works is dead (James 2:26) our WorX programs create a space for participants to engage in direct service to those in need. 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.
What is FaithJustice?
We join the words “Faith” and “Justice” into a single term to reflect our conviction that faith and justice are intimately bound together. God calls us – as individuals and as communities – to act on behalf of the vulnerable, weak and oppressed. Through CFJ’s work, we ask people of faith to revisit and renew their commitment to the Gospel and the common good.
380,000 Hours of Service
Since our founding, we have served more than 6,000 young adults through our intensive retreat-style service immersion experiences to impoverished areas, representing more than 380,000 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.