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

Catholic universities will be particularly attentive to the poorest and to those who suffer economic, social, cultural or religious injustice. This responsibility begins within the academic community but it also finds application beyond it.

Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (40)