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Making a World of Difference

Being a force for good is what St. John’s is all about. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, we believe that an education is truly meaningful when we use our knowledge and skills to help make the world a better place. That’s why we provide our students with opportunities to strengthen their faith while serving others. Like our University itself, students and alumni are committed to the alleviation of poverty, the promotion of justice, and the protection of human rights. We respect and support all religious traditions and encourage students to gain inspiration from their varied beliefs.
Building a Better World

Students, faculty, and alumni follow the example of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th-century priest who dedicated his ministry to helping those in need. Last year, SJU students logged nearly 97,000 service hours in 125 city agencies and 11 sites on four continents. Gaining direct, shared experience through helping others, students are well-prepared for success as ethical leaders. 

St. Thomas More Church

The center of spiritual life on our Queens campus is St. Thomas More Church. In addition to attending services, the St. John’s community gathers there to mark the highlights of every academic year. The church is adorned with handcrafted mosaics and stained-glass windows imported from Italy that depict scenes from Vincentian history. It is a testament to the faith that guides our University. 

Vincentian Institute for Social Action

Enhance your studies with confidence-building, real-world experiences through the Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA). A variety of programs—including Community Partnerships, Academic Service-Learning, the Ozanam Scholars Program, and the Faculty Research Consortium—allow the University community to explore issues of poverty and social injustice. 

Campus Ministry

St. John’s encourages all students to find strength and guidance through faith. Campus Ministry is at the core of this effort. Through its varied programs, Catholic students can deepen their connection to the Church and its works. Students of all faith traditions can nurture their own spirituality. Ultimately, Campus Ministry embodies our Vincentian tradition by instilling a deep concern for the rights and dignity of every person.