Arrupe Week 2018 (March 12-16, 2018) will focus on Refugees, and explore how people of faith can compassionately and morally respond to the global refugee crisis. A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee their home country due to war, persecution, or violence. According to a 2015 report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, 22.5 million of whom are refugees; an unprecedented number.

This worldwide crisis requires a response from Catholics and all people of faith. We take as our model Pope Francis who called defending the rights of refugees and other migrants “a moral imperative,” and Scripture which calls upon us to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you” (Romans 15:7). We are also inspired by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, for whom this program is named. Fr. Arrupe had a special concern for refugees, most powerfully embodied in his creation of the Jesuit Refugee Service. In 1980, addressing the Jesuit Curia, he said: “This situation constitutes a challenge to the Society we cannot ignore if we are to remain  faithful to St. Ignatius’ criteria for our apostolic work.” We are called to respond to this same challenge today.

Arrupe 2018 will include two events for the entire school community: an address by our keynote speaker, Fr. Daniel Corrou, S.J., on Monday, March 12, and our annual Arrupe Liturgy celebrated by Fr. Leo O’Donovan, S.J., on Friday, March 16, followed by a morning of breakout sessions.  Throughout the week, students will engage with the topic through classroom activities, field trips, and physical displays.  More information about specific events will become available in February.


Saint Peter’s Prep is proud to host Fr. Daniel Corrou, S.J., as our 2018 Arrupe keynote speaker. On the morning of Monday, March 12, Fr. Corrou will discuss his own experience working with refugees and officially kick off Arrupe 2018.

Fr. Corrou grew up in Saratoga Springs NY, and graduated LeMoyne College in 1994. After two years as a Jesuit Volunteer teacher in Micronesia he returned to the U.S. and earned a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard University.  Before entering the Jesuits, Fr. Corrou worked at Fidelity investments, the Jesuit Volunteers International, Georgetown University, and Holy Cross. As a Jesuit, Fr. Corrou earned an MA in Philosophy at the University of London and studied Arabic and served with the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) in Lebanon working with Syrian refugees. As the director of JRS programs in Beirut he coordinated food, blanket, and basic needs distribution, home visits teams, and opened schools and community centers. He recently completed his studies at Boston and was ordained a Jesuit Catholic priest. He currently serves as associate pastor at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City.


Fr. Leo J. O’Donovan S.J. is the Director of Mission for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. Fr. O’Donovan is president emeritus of Georgetown University, where he served as President from 1989 to 2001. While leading Georgetown, he led the tripling of the endowment, a major increase in the university’s research budget, and several innovative new academic endeavors such as the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the Center for Social Justice, and a program to strengthen the University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity. Since leaving Georgetown Fr. O’Donovan has returned to teaching, serves on a number of boards, and publishes frequent articles on theology as well as on art criticism. Born in New York City, Fr. O’Donovan is a graduate of Georgetown University, Fordham University, Woodstock College, and the University of Münster, in then West Germany, where he earned his doctoral degree under Karl Rahner. In 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Society of Jesus.


On Friday, March 16, Prep will host almost 30 workshop presenters, allowing our students to delve more deeply into this issue. Our presenters include representatives from organizations such as the Jesuit Refugee Service, the International Rescue Committee, and Catholic Relief Services, as well as people involved in local efforts. You can find a full menu of breakout sessions here.


Click here to see our Arrupe 2018 art installation!