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Founder's Week

September 20-27, 2019

"One with the Poor—in Service Together—Be Vincentian"

"We should assist the poor in every way and do it both by ourselves and by enlisting the help of others....To do this is to preach the gospel by words and work." –St. Vincent de Paul

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2019 Schedule of Events 

September 20

Queens Campus Faculty Research Luncheon–in collaboration with VISA*
12:15–1:45 p.m.
Location: D’Angelo Center, Room 416BC
Speaker: Gary E. Martin, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Dept. Communication Sciences and Disorders
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Staten Island campus)
“Girls with Fragile X Syndrome: Social Justice Implications of Research with an Underrepresented Population”
Faculty Mission Award Certificates will be awarded to one or more faculty.
*In addition the Faculty Research Consortium (FRC) Faculty Excellence Award in Community-Based Outcomes and Poverty Research will be presented to Manouchkathe Cassagnol, Pharm.D., BCBS, AACC.
Registration Required
Contact: Vincentian Center for Church and Society, 718-990-1612; [email protected]

September 21

University Service Day (all campuses)
Time: All day
Registration: Required. For more information and to register, go to stjohns.edu/USD.
Contact: Office of University Mission
[email protected] or 718-990-6353

On this day, the St. John's University family joins together to serve our communities by feeding the hungry in soup kitchens, visiting residents at nursing homes, engaging in fun activities with disadvantaged children, cleaning and landscaping area parks, painting rooms in nearby schools and community centers, and providing assistance with so many other important projects. Working together in generosity and love as a Vincentian Family, we show exactly "what a difference a day makes!"


University Service Day–Staten Island Campus
Time: Opening Ceremony 8:30 a.m.
Location: Student Center Cafeteria, Staten Island Campus
Registration: Required. For more information and to register, go to stjohns.edu/USD.
Contact: Rev. Tri Duong, C.M., [email protected] or 718-390-4305

September 23

Queens Campus Administrators and Staff Luncheon
Time-Session 1: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., D’Angelo Center, Room 416BC
Time-Session 2: 1-2 p.m., D’Angelo Center, Room 416BC
Speaker: Victoria O’Keefe, Residence Campus Minister for Social Justice
“Catholic Relief Services at St. John’s: A globe connected more than ever before”
Registration: Required
Session 1
Session 2
Contact: Vincentian Center for Church and Society
718-990-1612; [email protected]

September 24

A Reflection on his experience ministering to the Indigenous Community in Panama
Staten Island Campus, talk by Rev. Joseph Fitzgerald, C.M.
For: Students, Faculty, Administrators, Staff
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Kiernan Suite, Kelleher Center
Registration: Not required
Contact: Rev. Tri Duong, C.M., [email protected] or 718-390-4305

Queens Campus – Welcome to Founder’s Week: Mission Meet & Greet over Breakfast
Time: 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Augustine Library Patio
Contact: Angela Seegel, University Ministry, 718-990-2680; [email protected]

Welcome back and enjoy a bagel breakfast on September 24 and 26. We look forward to meeting you!

September 25

Manhattan Campus–Faculty/Staff/Administrator Luncheon

CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION

Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Lobby, Manhattan Campus
Topic: “Converted by Life: The Journey of St. Vincent de Paul” with Rev. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M.
Registration: Required
Contact: Vincentian Center for Church and Society, [email protected] or 718-990-1612

Vincent was converted by life: no extraordinary revelation, miraculous intervention, ‎or venerable mentor pointed the way to deeper faith. The people, places, and events of his everyday life converted Vincent. They pointed the way to the love and service of those who experienced both spiritual and material need who became his "lords and masters." We will examine this part of Vincent’s story.

Staten Island Campus–Faculty/Staff/Administrator Luncheon
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Black Box Theatre, Staten Island Campus
Topic: “Reflections on Serving Others” with Professor William Reisel, Ph.D.
Registration: Required
Contact: Rosemarie Sussex, [email protected] or 718-390-4473

September 26

Queens Campus–Welcome to Founder’s Week: Mission Meet & Greet over Breakfast
Time: 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: D'Angelo Center Plaza
Contact: Angela Seegel, University Ministry, 718-990-2680; [email protected]

Welcome back and enjoy a bagel breakfast on September 24 and 26. We look forward to meeting you!

Vincentian Convocation Ceremony and Chair of Social Justice Lecture
Event Time: 4 p.m.
Location:  St. Thomas More Church, St. John’s University Queens Campus
Lecturer: Rev. Joseph G. Fitzgerald, C.M., Ph.D., S.T.D. ‘01C, ‘09G
Executive Secretary of the National Coordination of Indigenous Ministry (CONAPI)
“Hope from the Margins: The Prophetic Witness of Indigenous Peoples”
Contact:            Office of University Events
718-990-6365
Please click here (PDF) for a list of the honorees for the evening.

September 27

Queens Campus Mass–St. Vincent de Paul Feast Day
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: St. Thomas More Church, Queens Campus
Contact: Dennis Gallagher, [email protected] or 718-990-2125

Staten Island Campus Mass–St. Vincent de Paul Feast Day
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, Staten Island Campus
Contact: Rosemarie Sussex, [email protected] or 718-390-4473