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Vincentian Mission Certificate Program

The Office of University Mission offers all full-time employees at St. John's University the opportunity to participate in the Vincentian Mission Certificate (VMC) Program. This 16-month professional development program has been highly successful since its first cohort began in January 2007.

With its focus on Education, Service and Reflection, the VMC program is designed to empower St. John’s administrators, faculty and staff to live the Vincentian Mission as Mission Leaders. Previous cohorts of the program have already proven vital to instilling a sense of Vincentian service and leadership throughout the University community, bridging the gap between a theoretical understanding of our Catholic and Vincentian mission and its practical application in today’s society. 

Throughout the 16 months, VMC members demonstrate their commitment to the program by attending training sessions on Vincentian and Catholic identity, monthly Vincentian reflections, a capstone retreat and 50 hours of community service — two thirds of which involve direct contact with the poor. Upon completion, VMC members are awarded a Certificate of Service reflecting the significance of their achievement.

This experience will allow St. John's University staff, faculty, and administrators to not only provide better service to our students, but to become role models who will perpetuate St. Vincent’s legacy, inspiring others to action.   As St. Vincent wrote: “Our vocation is to go not into one parish, nor into only one diocese, but throughout the earth.”

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For more information on the Vincentian Mission Certificate Program, please contact Lucy Pesce, Executive Director for Mission, at 718-990-3004 or [email protected].