The Vincentian Mission Certificate (VMC) program is a unique professional development and service opportunity designed to empower St. John’s staff, faculty and administrators to live the Vincentian Mission as mission leaders. This compelling program will strengthen participants’ theoretical understanding of the St. John’s University Catholic and Vincentian Mission and its applications. Participants will learn to better serve students, while acting as role models and inspiring others to follow the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul.
Designed for adult learners, the 16-month program will embrace three major components: Education, Service and Reflection. Participants will demonstrate their commitment by attending training sessions on Catholic and Vincentian identity, monthly Vincentian reflections, a capstone retreat and 50 hours of community service — two thirds of which involve direct contact with the poor.
Program Learning Goals
The articulation of the following learning goals assists in clarifying the purpose, outcomes, and assessment strategies for the VMC program. During the 16-month cohort experience, participants will develop the following capacities:
- An understanding of the life and times, spirituality, and mission and values of the founders of the Vincentian family, with a primary focus on St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac.
- An understanding of, and appreciation for, the contemporary Vincentian mission, particularly with regard to its application to St. John’s University and its unique heritage, culture, and strategic vision.
- The ability to engage in mission-related discussions centered on the Catholic and Vincentian mission, particularly within the St. John’s community of current students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators, in addition to potential students and their families.
- An inclusive sense of identity with the Vincentian family and a commitment to promoting and living out the implications of that collective Vincentian mission in the twenty-first century.