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President Gempesaw, Clavel Albay Gempesaw, Ph.D., and St. John's couples
Love was in the air at St. John’s University as alumni couples returned to alma mater as part of the annual Blessing of the Couples celebration.
St. John’s Students for Life Attend 2019 March for Life
The March for Life is an annual rally protesting both the practice and legality of abortion in the U.S.
Richard Aborn, President, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City presents the Distinguished Service Award to Lewis Rice, Jr.
Reserved for individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to criminal justice innovation, Lewis Rice, Jr. ’74SVC was honored by the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City with the Distinguished Service Award at their eighth annual awards reception held in midtown Manhattan in late November.
Catholic Lecture Speaker Encourages Building a Bridge to Welcome all Catholics
In keeping with the University’s Catholic and Vincentian mission to “embrace the Judeo-Christian ideals of respect for the rights and dignity of every person” St. John’s welcomed the message of Rev. James Martin during his lecture, “Building a Bridge: Reaching Out to LGBT Catholics.”
Rev. Dr. Barber speaking in St. Thomas More Church
Rev. William J. Barber II, D.Min. has been selected holder of the St. John’s University Vincentian Chair of Social Justice.
Students infront of the Capital
Putting the words and work of St. Vincent de Paul into action, two St. John’s University undergraduates joined more than 150 student leaders at the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassador Leaders Together (SALT) Summit this summer, advocating on behalf of many of the world’s vulnerable populations.
Students sitting on the church floor with the Sisters and Brothers serving the local Church
St. John’s University Campus Ministry sponsored its fourth annual Brothers/Sisters’ Night at the Student Mass in St. Thomas More Church on Sunday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m.
Group shot of students who attended the Society’s 2018 National Assembly
Three St. John’s University students who serve as members on theSt. Vincent de Paul Society’s Executive Board attended the Society’s 2018 National Assembly this past summer in San Diego, CA. They gathered with more than 700 Vincentians from across the country to commemorate the theme, “One Society Serving in Hope.”
Gold Cross in a gold crown
St. John’s students participating in the University’s Plunge program traveled to service sites around the globe this spring and summer in an effort to help others and answer the centuries-old Vincentian question—what must be done?
Children from Escuela Segunda Unidad Botijas #1 with the solar panels made for them by St. John’s students
The strongest storm to make landfall in Puerto Rico in nearly a century, Hurricane Maria came ashore on September 20, 2017, and knocked out power to the entire island. The widespread devastation and lingering power outages triggered a creative response from the University.

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