St. John's University

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About St. John's University

The values of St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), the Patron Saint of Christian charity, continue to inform and inspire St. John’s students, faculty, staff and extended community. As a Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to following St. Vincent’s teachings, which emphasize respect for human dignity, service to the needy, and human solidarity.

Expressing his concern for the immigrants and the children of immigrants in New York City, Bishop John Loughlin (1817-1891) requested that the Vincentian Fathers establish a college in Brooklyn, NY at the site of the present day parish of St. John the Baptist in Bedford Stuyvesant. Its primary mission then as it is today is to give youth “the advantages of a solid education” and “the moral training necessary to maintain the credit of Catholicity”. With the goal of providing an academic, moral and ethical education, St. John’s bearing the name of the Bishops patron saint, began with 37 students and six faculty in 1870. Today, St. John’s boasts nearly 20,000 students on the main campus in Queens and on branch campuses in Staten Island, Oakdale, Manhattan and Rome, Italy. Additionally a site for study is located in Paris, France. St. John’s University is one of the largest, most diverse Catholic Universities in the United States.

The Mission

St. John's University is Catholic, Vincentian, and Metropolitan.

University Core Values

  1. Truth—Knowledge in accord with reality, behavior faithful to ethical standards.
  2. Love—Extending minds and hearts to nurture one’s own and another’s good.
  3. Respect—Awareness of and esteem for all individuals
  4. Opportunity—Occasions for serving others and preparing one’s self for a fulfilling life.
  5. Excellence—Striving, growing, never being complacent.
  6. Service—Vincentian spirituality, a response to God’s call to give of ourselves.

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)