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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

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Jan

8:00 a.m. Mass - Julie Petersen

8:00 am8:25 am
St. Thomas More Church, Queens Campus
23
Jan

12:15 p.m. Mass - Maureen McDermot

12:15 pm12:45 pm
St. Thomas More Church, Queens Campus
23
Jan

Mass

12:15 pm1:00 pm
St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, Staten Island Campus
24
Jan

8:00 a.m. Mass

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

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.
AFSP Walk
Kira Marshall ‘18C, whose internship at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) led to a full-time job in May 2018, served as captain for the St. John’s University walker team in AFSP’s “Out of the Darkness” walk. The walk, which took place on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Clove Lakes Park, aimed to raise funds and increase awareness for suicide prevention and mental health in the community.
The American Studies Association (ASA) has awarded Robert Fanuzzi, Ph.D., Associate Provost of the Staten Island campus and Associate Professor of English, its Community Partnership Grant for 2018-19.
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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.
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