September 11, 2009
Opening School Masses for the Staten Island and Queens
campuses took place this week to begin the fall semester at St.
Rev. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M., Executive Vice President for Mission
and Branch Campuses at St. John’s University celebrated the feast
of the Birth of Mary on September 8, to a throng of faculty,
students, staff and administrators for the first mass of the week
held in the Upper Level Campus Center on the Staten Island
September 10, led by celebrant
Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of St. John’s
University, the Queens campus gathered for the Mass of the Holy
Spirit as an overflow crowd of more than 500 assembled in St.
Thomas More Church.
The theme for both celebrations focused on asking God’s blessing
upon our University community, the new academic year, and all
campus student leaders who will be commissioned to begin their year
of service at St. John’s.
“This is a wonderful tradition we have,” said Rev. Harrington, C.M.
“It ensures that we can begin every academic year with great
confidence. We come together, as a University community, deeply
conscious of the many ways God blesses us in all that we do
St. John’s will also commemorate the “Year of the Priests” as
proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, and the 350th anniversary
(1660—2010) of the deaths of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louis de
Marillac to coincide with the 2009-10 academic calendar year.
university will continue its regular Mass schedule: Monday to
Friday, 8:00am and 12:15pm; Sunday at 11:00am and 5:30pm (Student
Mass) during the school year. St. John’s University welcomes every
one of all faiths and invites ALL to be a part of our campus
For more information contact the Campus Ministry Offices at both
Staten Island Campus