Seán Patrick Sanford

Seán Patrick Sanford


After a decade of experience working with schools, faith communities, and nonprofit organizations, Seán Patrick Sanford founded the Center for FaithJustice in 2007; he served as a the Executive Director of CFJ from 2007 through 2011, and as President from 2007 to 2012. He remains the President Emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

A 1997 graduate of St. Joseph’s University, Seán has studied at Union Theological Seminary, the Mexican American Cultural Center, and Temple University, where he is currently completing his doctoral degree. His research focuses on Catholic studies, American religious history, religion & sexuality, and political theology. Prior to founding CFJ, Seán served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Catholic Community of St. Charles Borromeo (Skillman, NJ), and as the first lay Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Seminary (Princeton, NJ). Seán has served as board member and consultant to a number of faith-based and secular organizations, and facilitated talks, retreats, and workshops on a variety of themes. He is the recipient of Enable’s 2006 Discover Independence Community Award and Saint Josephs’ University’s 2011 Ignatius Award for “embrac[ing] the Jesuit ideal of living … a faith that promotes justice.”

He currently serves as Director of the Contemplative Leaders in Action at the Office of Ignatian Spirituality and is the owner of the Two Hawks Farm.