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Highlighting a shared commitment to helping impoverished and disadvantaged people around the world, Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., President of St. John’s University, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the University as a Global Campus of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
The evening’s main purpose was to allow students to socialize and pray with 18 Sisters and 15 Brothers serving the local Church, representing 14 congregations.
“We had the opportunity to meet with other young Vincentians and learn about how their chapters are fulfilling the Vincentian spirit through various service activities,” said Anarita Lynch ’17C, chapter President.
City of Churches explores and documents the local history, art and architecture that clearly illustrate why New York City is known as the “City of Churches.”
In his homily at World Youth Day (WYD), an international gathering of Catholic youth, His Holiness Pope Francis encouraged the millions of young people participating in Kraków, Poland, this summer to “believe in a new humanity” that’s stronger than evil and refuses to see borders as barriers.
As the Catholic Church prepares for her canonization to sainthood, it is worth noting Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s visits to St. John’s University.
This past year, St. John’s students dedicated nearly 100,000 hours to service. Helping those in need is central to the University’s mission.
For 39 students at St. John’s this semester, spring break proved the perfect time to put the University’s Vincentian values into action by immersing themselves in uninterrupted service at sites around the country.
His Holiness Pope Francis’s deep concern for the global ecological crisis and its impact on the poor was the topic of the Ninth Biennial Vincentian Chair of Social Justice Conference.
St. John’s University will create and implement a Vincentian Summer High School Theology Institute with support from a $596,847 grant from the Lilly Endowment—an Indianapolis-based private foundation committed to community development, education, and religion.

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