In a warm celebration of faith and heritage, the Italian Cultural Center
(ICC) of St. John’s University held its 15th annual La
Tavola di San Giuseppe (The Table of St. Joseph) event on
March 16 at the Queens campus.
Over 245 guests — including students, alumni, faculty, staff and
friends from the local community — gathered to join the festivities
as part of the Feast of St. Joseph. Rev. Eric Fasano, a St. John’s
alumnus, celebrated Mass in Italian at St. Thomas More Church.
Afterward, guests gathered in the D’Angelo Center for
delicious foods, desserts, music and good fellowship.
Sciame, ’71Ed, Vice President for Community Relations,
highlighted the long-standing traditions of La Tavola di
San Giuseppe, including a religious service honoring St.
Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. The service expresses
thanks that Sicily was spared from famine during the Middle Ages.
Sciame is Chair of ICC’s board.
Funds raised at this year’s event will help support construction of
a home for the poor in Panama. “This was a very successful evening,
highlighted by heritage and culture,” said Sciame. “But more
importantly, we raised funds to assist the poorest of the poorest.
This is the spirit of the St. Joseph’s Day celebration, and of the
various tables dedicated in his name. Our own students raised the
funds, and learned a great deal about this important
Established at St. John’s in 1992, the Italian Cultural Center
conducts educational and cultural activities to increase awareness
of Italian-American culture, fostering a greater appreciation of
the significant contributions Italians have made to American
For more information about the Italian Cultural Center, contact
Joan D’Andrea, Associate Professor, University Library, at email@example.com.