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Make a World of Difference

Why stop at making your mark? At St. John’s, you help to make the world a better place. We create opportunities for students to gain inspiration from their individual faith traditions by volunteering, fighting injustice, and serving those in need.

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St. John's University Service

30

Faith-based Programs
St. John's University Service

$5,000

Annual Catholic Scholars Grant
St. John's University Service

139,710

Student Service Hours
St. John's University Student in Church

Living the Vincentian Tradition

As a Vincentian University, St. John’s strengthens your education by embracing the values and teachings of St. Vincent de Paul (1581–1660), patron of charities. The knowledge and skills you gain in class are combined with meaningful, real-world experiences helping those in need through a wide variety of service opportunities. 

Success at St. John's

Olivia Hervey
“I have never encountered as many goal-oriented individuals as I have at this University. It’s an inspiration to be around them because so many want to make a difference.”
Olivia Hervey
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Taking on the Status Quo

If you don’t like what you see, change it. That’s the example St. Vincent de Paul set by fighting poverty and injustice—and that’s what you can do through St. John’s many programs devoted to social action. In fact, some of the most meaningful lessons our students learn are through actively helping to create a better world—socially, politically, and economically. 

St. John's University Students Conducting Midnight Run

Faith Events

22
Oct

Mass (Staten Island Campus)

12:15 am1:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Chapel, Staten Island
22
Oct

8:00 a.m. Mass - Rose Kozio

8:00 am8:25 am
St. Thomas More Church, Queens
22
Oct

12:15 p.m. Mass -

12:15 pm12:45 pm
St. Thomas More Church, Queens
22
Oct

Post-Graduate Service Fair

1:00 pm3:00 pm
DAC Living Room, Queens
St. John's University Faculty Member and Student

Supporting Your Neighbors

A neighbor is anyone who needs you. At St. John’s, you have daily opportunities to help those in need near our campus, throughout New York City, and around the globe. The University’s varied service programs empower you to assist the elderly, to mentor children, to feed those who are hungry, and to build homes for those without shelter. Learn about the many ways you can help your neighbors—wherever they are. 

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Gathering Together

Welcome to St. Thomas More Church, the spiritual center of St. John’s University. This beautiful space is where students gather with classmates and professors for Mass, lectures, and other activities that enhance the learning that takes place in our classrooms and labs, and on our playing fields.

Answering the Call

You have what it takes to be a leader. St. John’s helps you fulfill your potential by combining sound management sense with faith-based values through programs like VITAL (Vincentian Initiative to Advance Leadership) and the Ozanam Scholars Program. See where your talents will take you.

Your Home on Campus

Whether you’re a resident or commuter student, Catholic or another faith, make Campus Ministry your home at SJU. We welcome all students to take part in programs and discussions that deepen their faith while contributing to life in our academic community and beyond.

Faith News

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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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.”
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