We all have a vocation. We must believe that God has called us
to fulfill a special mission
that no one else can accomplish.
Saint Francis de Sales

Faith & Justice

The Center for Faith and Justice

The CFJ or Center for Faith and Justice, located in our Student Union, is a hub for putting our faith into action. Ultimately, we live the Gospels in our classrooms, on the stage, out on the field, and in our communities. The CFJ just provides a space for students to work with faculty to pray, plan school liturgies, develop retreats, and map out meaningful service projects across the globe. Of all the transformative ministry the community can collaborate on, nothing is more important than the everyday blessings of brothers helping brothers while having a snack on one of our couches or young people talking openly about God, religion, and their lives. 

In the classroom, Salesianum students are given the gifts of Salesian Optimism and Gentle Strength. Those gifts are honed to serve our Gospel call to help the marginalized and the suffering through our service learning requirement, which emphasizes direct contact with those in need or marginalized due to poverty, discrimination, old age, poor health, or physical and mental disabilities. 

All freshman complete their Christian Service requirement at Nativity Preparatory School or another pre-approved, school-sponsored urban elementary or middle school in Wilmington. The goal is for each student to engage in a common experience as part of a Salesianum-supervised group, including debriefing sessions to maximize educational impact.

The sophomore service program aims to stretch students’ comfort zones in interacting with others. Therefore, it will require students to engage in direct personal service with the residents of the Mary Campbell Center, an assisted living home for people with severe mental and physical disabilities. Students will be required to make a minimum of nine hours of service. We have extended the available service opportunities within this requirement to a wide array of nonprofits dealing with the dignity of the human person from birth to natural death.

Direct service to communities in need must occur at an interpersonal level. Christian service cannot remain an abstraction or allow people to remain disconnected from real people and communities in need. It therefore requires face-to-face personal encounter and interaction. This is rooted in Jesus’ call in the Gospel, where to meet and serve another person in love is to encounter that person in a real way and also to encounter God. This encounter builds a sense of solidarity and community. Juniors take this spirit with them in their immersion requirement---where they live and work with people all over the globe. Seniors, in turn, build upon their first three years, culminating with a comprehensive senior servant leadership project. As Salesianum is a school rooted in the local community of Wilmington, it is important that connections be made between students and the people who are our neighbors in Wilmington.

Center for Faith & Justice Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of David  Freebery

    David  Freebery 

    Director of Ministry
  • Photo of Stephen Adams

    Mr. Stephen Adams 

    Director of Mission Initiatives & Religious Studies Teacher
  • Fr. Patrick Kifolo OSFS 

    Campus Minister
  • Photo of Brian Zumbrum, OSFS

    Rev. Brian Zumbrum, OSFS 

    Campus Minister & Director of Activities
    • Benin

      Service in Diverse Global Environments


The BRIDGE Program (Building Relationships in Diverse Global Environments) seeks to expand students’ perspectives through service and learning opportunities that stretch beyond their comfort zones.

“Anytime you take students out of their familiar setting, there’s a great opportunity for learning and growth,” explains Zach Ryan, Director of Salesianum’s Center for Faith & Justice. “They’re challenged to think about issues on a deeper level.”

BRIDGE locations, both in the United States and around the globe, are selected to maximize exposure to multiple viewpoints of a single issue. For example, immigration in Nogales, Arizona, gang violence in Los Angeles, California and intractable poverty in Haiti.

Salesianum seeks to have every student participate in at least one BRIDGE trip during their high school career. Read more here.