The Faith-Justice Institute was founded in 1977. It serves the University as a center that promotes social analysis and critical thought around faith and justice issues. The Institute seeks to foster a culture of “Christian justice” which permeates the academic endeavors of our community and which will significantly influence “the way in which a group of people live, think, feel, organize themselves, celebrate, and share life” (GC 34, Decree 4- “Our Mission and Culture”). Such a culture encourages a serious consideration of problems and their solutions from the standpoint of a faith-filled concern for justice. It also challenges its members to work for the “justice of God’s kingdom” in their personal and professional lives, as well as in their social, cultural, and political activities.
The Institute explores contemporary issues of faith and justice through academic courses, public forums, and experiential field seminars. These initiatives seek to critically analyze the sources of and reasons for injustice and to actively fashion more just communities at local, national, and international levels. Such efforts should be rooted in a spirituality that takes seriously the world as it unjustly exists and that fosters hope and commitment to keep working to reshape that world in the light of Gospel values.