The mission of the school is "To assist young men in their formation as leaders and 'men for others' through rigorous college preparation in the Jesuit tradition."
Participation in service activities is a significant part of this mission. Serving as Superior-General of the world's Jesuits, Pedro Arrupe, S.J. discussed the concept of mission when he addressed alumni of Jesuit institutions in 1973. Fr. Arrupe challenged alums to be more conscious of living the gospel message, and it was from this statement that St. Xavier took its own motto, "Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who will live not for themselves, but for God and his Christ…men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for their brothers and sisters is a farce." Participation in community service activities, which are a concrete outlet for living the motto of "men for others," is one of many ways that students and faculty alike exemplify the principles of the Graduate at Graduation.
Community service programs are instrumental in providing the type of transformative experience that is the hallmark of Jesuit education. In developing relationships with people different from themselves, students begin to appreciate the struggles of the poor and the disenfranchised. These experiences call students from their comfort zones and challenge them to examine their lives in terms of Christian justice. As a result, students begin to acknowledge their many blessings.
We greatly value the time and energy our students commit to their community service programs. Support of these efforts is invaluable to the success of achieving St. Xavier's mission of forming "men for and with others."