Serving those who are most in need is a cornerstone of St.
John’s Vincentian tradition. One of the most meaningful ways that
faculty, staff and administrators can experience this heritage is
by taking part in the University’s “Fridays in the Soup Kitchen”
The Campus Ministry program enables University employees to
spend Fridays during the academic year serving at St. John’s Bread
and Life, which provides more than 1,000 meals a day and other
services to needy New Yorkers. During lunch at the kitchen,
volunteers are asked to serve in the food line or pantry.
Participants have called it one of the most memorable volunteering
experiences available at the University. The heart of our
Vincentian tradition is lived when assisting and building community
with men and women who come to St. John’s Bread and Life for a meal
or personal support. It is a tangible way to serve God’s poor.
Campus Ministry provides volunteers with transportation to and
from the site, along with offering support and guidance throughout
the experience. Participants gather at the main Campus Ministry
office - Marillac Hall, Room 239—at 9:15 a.m. and typically return
to campus around 1:30 p.m.The University fully supports the
program: as long as employees receive approval from a direct
supervisor, they can join us during business hours on any
If you, your department or even your lunch group is interested in
volunteering, we will be happy to connect you. Please select three
possible dates—a first-, second- and third-choice—so we may better
Click here to print and complete the form and return it to
Rafael Rivera in Campus Ministry. You also may contact hjm at (718)
990-3354; e-mail email@example.com.
We look forward to working with you throughout the
“We cannot better assure our eternal happiness than by
living and dying in the service of the poor, in the arms of
Providence and with genuine renouncement of ourselves in order to
follow Jesus Christ.”
-Vincent de Paul Dec. 4, 1648