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St. Aedan's: The Saint Peter's University Church

St. Aedan’s is a Roman Catholic Parish and has been serving the McGinley Square community for over one hundred years. The parish was founded in 1912 by the Pastor at the time, Roger A. McGinley. This section of Jersey City, near Bergen Square, is named after him, due to his visionary contributions to community and spiritual development. Monsignor McGinley served St. Aedan's and the McGinley Square community for 24 years. During his tenure as Pastor, he opened a school in 1913 as his first project. In 2011 after a lot of discussion with the Archdiocese of Newark, it was deemed the most logical scenario that St. Peter's University and the Jesuit community should become the new stewards of this historic Roman Catholic institution. The parish community continues to serve longtime parishoneers, as well as a new infusion of University members and families. The Parish boasts an extremely diverse community and celebrates that. Being a Jesuit-led parish, faith is nurtured according to the principles of Ignatian spirituality, which includes, finding God in all things, discerning God’s will in daily life, and serving all of God’s people.

What does building a Culture of Health mean to St. Aedan's: The Saint Peter's University Church as an organization?

While serving the University and the McGinley Square communities as a space for communal prayer, it continues to function as the parish church of St. Aedan’s. Under the administration of the Jesuits, the parish strives to impart to its members the richness of Ignatian spirituality, among whose central principles are the search to find God in all things, the practice of the discernment of God’s will in one’s personal life, and the commitment to the service of all people, of which the promotion of social justice is an indispensable part. Building a Culture of Health, for us, means that we are committed to social justice, care for the entire person and being men and women for others.

Interior of our parish church built in the 1910's

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800 Bergen Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306