St. Vincent Stain Glass
Rev. William J. Barber II, D. Min.
St. Vincent Statue

Vincentian Mission Certificate (VMC) Program

The Office of University Mission offers all full-time employees at St. John's University the opportunity to participate in the Vincentian Mission Certificate (VMC) Program.

VMC Cohort 12 Application

Program Overview

This 16-month professional development program has been highly successful since its first cohort began in January 2007.

Beginning with its first cohort in January 2007, the VMC program — with its focus on Education, Service and Reflection — empowers St. John’s administrators, faculty and staff to live the Vincentian Mission as Mission Leaders in various departments around the University.

“The poor have much to teach you. You have much to learn from them.” – St. Vincent de Paul

Additional Information

  • 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.

VMC Alumni

Laying the foundation for all future cohorts, VMC Cohort 1 began its 16-month journey together in January 2007. Since then, hundreds of dedicated St. John’s employees have joined the VMC family and successfully completed all requirements of the program.

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VMC Serves

St. Vincent and Students statue on Marillac Terrace

Vincentian Spirituality

Since the start of the VMC Program, St. John’s employees have lived out our Vincentian spirit, most notably in the thousands of hours of service opportunities in which they have participated. While VMC members are encouraged to serve directly with populations, and in support of causes, for which they are passionate about, all VMC service has at its core a dedication to the marginalized and poorest of society. Inspired by his deep Catholic faith, St. Vincent de Paul repeatedly shared that it was here, with his brothers and sisters in society, where he most clearly saw the face of Christ.

Vincentian Spirituality
People on a bench at Ronald McDonald House

Past Service Opportunities

View photos from past VMC service opportunities, including VMC Midnight Runs (Manhattan), VMC Dinner at St. Nicholas of Tolentine (Queens), VMC Serves at Bread & Life Soup Kitchen (Brooklyn), and many more!

Photo Galleries

Apply for VMC Cohort 12

If you are interested in participating in this year's VMC program, please complete our application.

Contact Us

For more information on the Vincentian Mission Certificate Program, please contact Lucy Pesce, Executive Director for Mission, at 718-990-3004 or [email protected].