Selection and Appointment

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Fellows are selected jointly by the Vincentian Center and the respective deans of the colleges and schools. On appointment, each becomes eligible for modest monetary support to conduct research or to attend a conference. After two years of service, a Research Fellow can be named a Senior Fellow who then continues to participate in meetings and events and to serve in an advisory capacity to the administrators of the Vincentian Center and the Vincentian Chair of Social Justice. Senior Fellows also are consulted as to future Vincentian Research Fellows.

In 2007, the Vincentian Fellows Program was expanded to include the category of “Affiliate Senior Fellow” and the first incumbent was named. These Fellows located at other universities, particularly Vincentian ones, or in leadership positions in related organizations, broaden and extend the cadre of personnel pursuing similar or complementary projects and enhance collaboration beyond the St. John’s academic community.

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)