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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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Student Service Hours
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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

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. 

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Faith Events


8:00 a.m. Mass - The Reilly and Leahy Family

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

Holiday Open House - Office of Conference Services

10:00 am1:00 pm
Sun Yat Sen, Faculty Club, Queens Campus

Mass (Staten Island Campus)

12:15 pm1:00 pm
St. Vincent de Paul Chapel
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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

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Fashion Sale
The College of Professional Studies Celebrated the Fashion Studies Program Launch with a visit from FABSCRAP: Sustainable Fabric Company, and an opportunity to see the latest in designer fabric!
Bio Blitz in Captain Tilly Park
The Environmental Studies program offered two exciting and engaging events for students in the fall 2018 semester: a “Bio Blitz” activity in Captain Tilly Park, and a well-attended lecture by artist Mary Mattingly.
Eleni Moukas
For Government and Politics major Eleni Moukas, sustainability isn’t just “pulp” fiction. A Sustainability Coordinator on the St. John’s Queens campus since April 2017, Eleni is involved with the process of pulping campus food waste for compost to use in the University’s organic garden. She was recently featured in a GreeNYC video about her sustainability efforts on campus.
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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.”
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