Campus Ministry Organizations Celebrate New and Graduating Members

This year’s inducted students from St. John’s chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Two St. John’s Campus Ministry organizations recently held ceremonies that emphasized the Vincentian mission of service to others—one organization welcomed new members and the other bid farewell to graduates. 

The St. John’s chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a student-led organization, inducted 40 students on Sunday, April 6. The inductees made a lifelong commitment to prayer, fellowship, and service to the poor. Throughout the past year, new society members spent many Saturday afternoons distributing sandwiches to homeless men and women in New York City.  They also visited residents at local nursing homes. Each month, members met to discuss their current service initiatives as well as the five Vincentian virtues (simplicity, humility, meekness, mortification, and zeal for souls). 

The Vincentian Initiative to Advance Leadership (V.I.T.A.L.) commissioned 25 graduating seniors as leaders on Monday, April 7. Through their participation in V.I.T.A.L, the graduating students have discerned God’s call and aspire to influence society through their field of study and life’s work. As part of their commitment, V.I.T.A.L. members participate in monthly formation meetings, service, and prayer. 

Please pray for these young people as they go forth in service and faith to “preach the good news to the poor.”