March 25, 2008
The St. John’s University community turned out in record numbers
to participate in the Walk for the Homeless, sponsored by the
University’s Office of Campus Ministry on March 21 in
Queens. Held annually on Good Friday, the walk is
designed to raise awareness and funds to help support the homeless
of New York City and continues to grow in size each year.
A group of 340 walkers, consisting of students, staff, faculty,
administrators and friends of the University, gathered at St.
Thomas More Church for an early morning prayer service before
departing for the 5k walk through the neighboring
“This was one of the largest turnouts we’ve seen at the Walk for
the Homeless,” said Angela Seegel, Campus Minister at St. John’s
University. “Each year we are truly humbled that so many of
our colleagues and friends continue to join us for this important
cause and show their support and concern for those less
The group traveled down Union Turnpike to Bell Boulevard, where
they stopped at American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church for a prayer
before continuing on their way. Waving banners and signs as
they followed two cross bearers carrying a wooden cross, the
participants drew much-wanted attention as they walked in
solidarity with the poor down 73rd Avenue back toward St.
John’s. Once arriving back at the University, a simple lunch
of bread and soup was shared by all.
Over $9,000 was raised at the walk, with participants securing
donations and sponsorships before the event. Gifts and
donations are expected to reach nearly $30,000 by the May 4
deadline. The Office of Campus Ministry will collect
donations through May 4 and will donate all proceeds to various
charitable organizations that are dedicated to helping the homeless
throughout the city.
Those still wishing to make a donation for this event may
contact the Office of Campus Ministry by calling Angela Seegel at
(718) 990-2680, or James Walters at (718) 990-6327.