Origins & Purpose

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The Vincentian Center for Church and Society was created at St. John’s University in 1994 to serve as a resource to identify and respond to the needs of the local Church. The Center’s core purpose, relating the University to the Church, is uniquely addressed through its Vincentian sponsorship, metropolitan location and diversified personnel resources. By utilizing these resources, the Center provides services in collaboration with and in service to the Church, thereby connecting the University to the Church community in fulfilling its mission.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)