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Campus Ministry invites you to participate in all our faith and service opportunities which may be your meeting place with God.

As St. Vincent de Paul teaches us, “we should abandon ourselves entirely into the hands of God, and believe that His providence disposes everything that He wishes or permits to happen to us for our greater good.”

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If you are attending Mass...

  • Take your temperature at home before coming to Mass
  • Masks are not required to wear while inside the church unless it's a personal choice 
  • Hand Sanitizer will be available when entering and exiting the church
  • No physical sign of peace
  • Communion only 1 species (consecrated host)
  • Communion 3 stations, single file, line forms beginning at front row

Queens Campus Mass Schedule

Mass is held in St. Thomas More Church.

Monday–Friday 8 a.m. (Not during Christmas Break Dec 23rd - Jan 2nd. Resumes Jan 3rd)
Monday–Friday 12:15 p.m.*
Sunday11 a.m. (Community Mass, continues each week) 
Sunday5:30 p.m. (Student Mass)*
Christmas Eve Mass9:00 p.m. Dec 24th
No Christmas Day Mass 

*Only during fall and spring semesters

Staten Island Mass Schedule

Mass is held in St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, Lavelle Hall.

Monday–Thursday 12:15 p.m.
Sunday5:00 p.m. (Student Mass)

Ministry Opportunities

Campus Ministry welcomes Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Altar Servers to serve at our daily and special campus-wide Masses. Training for new ministers, as well as a meeting of former ministers will take place at the beginning of each semester.  We also have on-going formation for updating in Church ministry.

Campus Ministry welcomes Altar Servers, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers and Call to Worship Ministry to serve at campus Masses. There is a training program each semester and Commissioning Mass each fall. On-going formation is offered through an Evening of Recollection to keep up-dated on newest developments in Church Ministry and to reflect upon your role in the worshipping community. 

For more information, or if you are interested in serving in any of these ministries, please refer to the contact information below.

Queens Campus

Staten Island Campus

Altar Servers, Lectors,
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

Andrea Pinnavaia
[email protected]u

Ushers, Call to Worship Ministry: 

Michael Fontana 
[email protected]






Rev. Tri Duong
[email protected]

Campus Ministers Serve St. John's Students

Residence Ministry

Welcome Home!

As you call the Residence Halls home this semester,  we wanted to remind you of your friends in Residence Ministry.

In addition to your Residence Directors and Residence Assistants, you have  Resident Ministers to provide a pastoral presence in the halls and apartments as Campus Ministers live with you in the Residence Village and the Residential apartments on Queens and Staten Island.

Isn’t it great to know that you have so many people who care for you, who want your St. John's experience to be amazing and who are here to help you grow spiritually.  

While Campus Ministers  are always available by appointment throughout the week, we also offer evening hours on the Queens campus where our doors are always open. Stop  by anytime!

On the Staten Island campus, the Resident Minister offers various programs to the resident community to get those same conversations going.  Appointments can be made with the Resident Minister to chat in the evenings.

Talk about your day, your classes, relationships, spirituality, favorite sports team, family, friends, life. We are here to walk with you through your college years, providing a listening ear and a helping hand.

Residence Ministers can also connect you with opportunities to develop your leadership skills, to advocate for justice, to serve those on the margins, and to engage in all Campus Ministry programming.

Please feel free to contact any of the Residence Ministers to find out more about who we are and how we can help make this college experience a great one.

Your Residence Ministers  

Queens Campus

Victoria O'Keefe
Residence Ministry Director of Catholic Scholars Program, Social Justice and Retreats
Sullivan Hall Room 124
[email protected]

Rachel Burgos
Residence Minister for Vincentian Outreach, Wellness and Leadership
Sullivan Hall Room 127/DaSilva Hall Residence
[email protected]

Elvira Garcia
Residence Minister for Leadership, Social Justice and Community Development
Sullivan Hall Room 126
[email protected]


Residence Minister for Retreats

Sullivan Hall Room 125

Staten Island Campus

Fr. Tri Duong C.M.
Director of Campus Minister Staten Island Campus
Lavelle Hall 106

Singers and musicians are an integral part of Campus Ministry.  Join our music ministry by sharing your talent at our Sunday Night Mass, daily and campus-wide liturgies and other special University celebrations.

For more information, please contact Theresa Volastro at 718-390-4469 or [email protected]

Musicians are an integral part of Campus Ministry. Become a part of our music ministry program by sharing your time and talent at our Sunday Night Community Mass, weekday Mass, and other special University celebrations.

In Queens, contact Michael Fontana at (718) 990-2688, [email protected]

  • On the Queens campus, the choir meets at 4 p.m. on Sundays during the school year for rehearsals in St. Thomas More Church. We serve at the 5:30 p.m. Sunday Night Mass as well as at the 12:15 p.m. Masses Monday through Friday. All are welcome to join.

In Staten Island, contact Theresa Volastro at 718-390-4469, [email protected]

"It Is Well With My Soul”  Music Ministry Video 

A virtual choir performance by members of St. John’s Music Ministry

As a way to stay engaged and connected during the COVID-19 crisis, members of the St. John’s Music Ministry program came together virtually in early April to produce a choir performance. 

They were provided a score of the piece, “It Is Well with My Soul,” arranged by Norm Gouin, Campus Minister for Music and Faith Formation. The musicians were asked to learn their specific voice parts and over several weeks met on Zoom for rehearsals and one-on-one coaching sessions. Fourteen students participated, singing their assigned part to a prerecorded musical track. The videos were compiled and edited to produce one complete video performance.  

It is our hope that this performance lifts people’s spirits and brings encouragement and comfort to all in the St. John’s University community as we continue to persevere during these stressful and uncertain times.

More Information

Every Monday before the 8 a.m. Mass and after the 12:15 p.m. Mass in St. Thomas More Church, our faith community gathers to pray the Novena of the Miraculous Medal. Join us as we pray this nearly two-century old devotion, manifested to St. Catherine Labouré, a Daughter of Charity, and kept alive by the worldwide Vincentian community since 1830. 

In November, we pray the 9-day Solemn Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. This year, the Solemn Novena will be held November 18-26. Please visit St. Thomas More Church during this time to pray the Novena with our community before the 8 a.m. Mass and after the 12:15 p.m. Mass on weekdays, and to submit your petitions you wish to be remembered. At the conclusion of the Solemn Novena, the petitions will be carried to the central Shrine of the Miraculous Metal in Philadelphia by our Vincentian priests. If you cannot join us for the Novena, we encourage you to pray it on your own. You can find the Miraculous Metal Novena prayers at

For more information contact, Andrea Pinnavaia at [email protected] or 718-990-3346 OR Dennis Gallagher at [email protected] or 718-990-2125

Queens Campus

St. Thomas More Church is open each day from 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Resident Village Prayer Rooms
Residence students are invited to use our Prayer Room in Hollis Hall for private prayer. For more information, call 718-990-6327

Muslim Prayer Room
Located in Marillac Hall, Room 312A. Open to members of the Muslim Student Association.

Jewish Prayer Room
Located in the Peter J. Tobin School of Business, Room G07 (bottom floor). Open to members of the Jewish Student Association.

Contact Dennis Gallagher at [email protected] or 718-990-2125 in Campus Ministry. 

Staten Island Campus

St. Vincent de Paul Chapel and Notre Dame House are open Monday - Friday throughout most of the day for personal prayer and private meditation.  Whether you need an extra prayer before an important test or presentation or you seek a few moments with our God of many names, we invite you to stop by and take time for yourself away from the frenzied pace of life.

Book of Prayer
You are invited to list the names of family, relatives and friends for whom you wish to pray for in our Book of Prayer located in the back of St. Vincent de Paul Chapel.  These intentions will be prayed for at Mass each day.  Prayers can also be sent by calling 718-390-4475.

If you would like to have a Mass said for a loved one, living or deceased, please inquire within Notre Dame House or Lavelle Hall 108.

Queens Campus Reconciliation Schedule

Monday–Friday11:50 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Sunday4:50–5:20 p.m.

Also by appointment: call (718) 990-1849. Advent and Lenten Reconciliation Services are also offered.

Staten Island Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment.  Please call 718-390-4305 to schedule a time to meet with our Chaplain.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The R.C.I.A. process is available for those students who are thinking of becoming Catholic and for Catholics who wish to receive First Communion or Confirmation. R.C.I.A. begins in September of the Fall Semester and meets weekly. Participants must start the program together in the early fall semester.

R.C.I.A. Experience from our students 2017-2018 — click here their story.

The R.C.I.A. experience has been an enriching and constant reminder that Jesus is part of every aspect of my life,” said Leslie Cameron ‘15C.  “My actions follow Jesus’ example of living justly.  It has been especially encouraging to take these steps with other students in my St. John’s family.”

“We are because He is, “said Jackie Gonize ‘16C. “I’m excited to know God, love God and serve God.”

Come and pray with our Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass faith community during this sacred journey of faith.

For more information, please contact Andrea Pinnavaia at (718) 990-3346 [email protected] 

About R.C.I.A. from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Join us every Thursday directly after the 12:15 p.m. Mass during the semester for the recitation of the Rosary. Rosaries and prayer sheets are provided.

Location: St Thomas More Church

For more information contact Dennis Gallagher at (718) 990-2125, [email protected]

How to pray the Rosary

Bible Study

If you are interested in studying scripture and are looking for some guidance and direction, please contact Campus Ministry at 718-990-1849 and check out the following resources:

Sinai’s Radiant Liturgical Dance Ministry is a Christian-based ministry which seeks to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout campus. In accordance with the biblical text, the gift of dance is used to spread the message of Christ’s love and salvation. As a student run organization, that worships and prays through dance, Sinai’s offers several opportunities to get involved that include: offering this unique form of prayer at University wide prayer services and events, participating in Sinai’s Radiant Liturgical Dance Ministry.

Sinai’s Radiant Liturgical Dance Ministry is a Christian-based ministry which seeks to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout campus. In accordance with the biblical text, the gift of dance is used to spread the message of Christ’s love and salvation. As a student run organization, that worships and prays through dance, Sinai’s offers several opportunities to get involved that include:  offering this unique form of prayer at University wide prayer services and events, participating in Vincentian service and hosting a Sinai’s Showcase each semester in the academic year.

The group’s motto is: When God speaks We Move.

For more information, contact Angela Seegel, [email protected]