Margaret J. Kelly, Daughters of Charity

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Executive Director

Vincentian Center for Church and Society

St. John's University

Margaret John Kelly, DC, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, is the Executive Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. Sister Margaret lectures and publishes in the area of governance and ethics, and held faculty and administrative positions at St. Joseph College, Labouré College and St. John's University. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Health Services of Long Island and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, and is presently an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Social Development and World Peace. Sister holds a Ph.D. from St. John's University.

A native of Strafford, Pennsylvania, Sister earned her undergraduate degree at St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in English at St. John’s University. She has held faculty and administrative positions at St. Joseph College, Laboure College, and St. John’s University where she currently serves as Executive Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. Sister Margaret John has held leadership positions in her community, the Daughters of Charity, and in several professional organizations. She also serves on the boards of several service organizations.

Academic Background

Ph.D. from St. John's University

Research Interests

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)