The Vincentian Center for Church and Society has appointed the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II as the holder of the Vincentian Chair of Social Justice 2018-19.. St. John’s warmly welcomes the Rev. Dr. Barber and willingly opens its ears to his challenging and empowering moral message which emerges from his Christian foundation. We invite you to join us for his final lecture in the 2018-19 series, on April 16 (3:25 p.m.-4:50 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, Queens campus) on the theme, "It's About Right and Wrong", when he will deliver a sermon, “With God Some Things Never Change:A Conservative Call for Prophetic Social Justice Ministry”.
The Vincentian Center for Church and Society (VCCS) at St. John’s University has deep roots in the Catholic Church, supporting the University and community at large with a variety of service and educational programs. It is the site of many academic and cultural events, and the home of the Vincentian Chair of Social Justice.
While many of the Center’s activities link the University to local communities and the Church of Metropolitan New York, its reach extends to numerous national and international projects.
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Vincentian Center for Church and Society
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The Vincentian Center for Church and Society’s mission is to:
The Vincentian Center for Church and Society serves as a link between St. John’s University, the Church, service organizations and the community at large. The goal is to:
In 2000, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society created the Vincentian Research Fellows’ Program to provide an interdisciplinary forum for faculty whose research interests advance the social justice orientation of St. John’s University, and to encourage research, reflection and programming on issues of poverty. In addition, the Center also elected to name Fellows whose scholarship could advance clerical formation and relate religion and science. These foci reflect the spirit and accomplishments of St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660). The Fellows arrange for educational programs for the University community and the metropolitan area and assist in the planning and sponsorship of the Center’s biennial Poverty Conference. To be named a Center Fellow, a professor must be recognized for both effective teaching and scholarly research and must be recommended by his/her respective Dean. Tenured and untenured professors are eligible and are named for a two-year term. After the two years, they may be invited to continue serve as Senior Fellows and advisors to the Vincentian Center.
In keeping with the Vincentian tradition of concern for the poor and marginalized in society, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at identifying and responding to the causes of poverty and social injustice, particularly in urban areas. The Center encourages solutions which are adaptable, effective and concrete, and which embody the spirit of compassion and service exemplified by the life of St. Vincent de Paul. The Center supports research which can enlighten public discourse on issues of justice and poverty and which can contribute to the development of effective public policy initiatives.
Acculturation Seminar for International Priests
Chinese Leadership Initiative Program
Faculty Mission Orientation Program
Founder’s WeekInstitute for Catholic Schools – Management Seminar for Catholic School Leaders
This two-fold program is a collaborative venture between the Vincentian Center for Church and Society and the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, both at St. John’s University. It provides a three-day seminar in the key aspects of running a Catholic school effectively including Catholic Identity and Servant Leadership; mission, vision and values; marketing and development; budgeting; time management; recruitment and retention; and strategic planning. 121 educators from three dioceses have participated. An intensive one-day symposium in Marketing the Mission was developed at the request of Management Seminar participants, and subsequently completed by fifty-seven individuals. As of this year, 426 schools from the three dioceses have completed the Management Seminar, including four Catholic high schools.
Pastor’s Management Program
Service to the Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
Service to Seminaries and Seminarians
The Vincentian Center for Church and Society has appointed Rev. William J. Barber II, D. Min. as the holder of the St. John’s University Chair of Social Justice 2018-19. St. John’s warmly welcomes the Rev. Dr. Barber and willingly opens its ears to his challenging and empowering moral message which emerges from his Christian foundation. For more information on Rev. Dr. Barber go to .March 21, 2019: VCSJ 2018-19 Lecture Series