Vincentian Chair Activities

Vincentian Fellows Program

Coordination of the Vincentian Research Fellows Program
and support of research, including the research of engagement, directed to the eradication of poverty, the advancement of justice and the integral development of
structures and peoples.

Programming in Catholic Social Thought

Development of lectures, roundtables, colloquia, think-tanks, conversations and courses on Catholic Social Thought (CST).

Annual Public Lecture

Sponsorship of the Annual Vincentian Chair of Social Justice Lecture during Founder’s Week to highlight the institutional commitment to Social Justice.

Poverty Conferences

Sponsorship of the Biennial Poverty Conference which brings together academics, civic leaders, religious leaders, service providers and students to address contemporary issues of poverty and development.

Faculty-Students Programming

Sponsorship and co-sponsorship of interdisciplinary faculty panels on current social justice issues for groups of professors and their classes.

Rendu Roundtable on Religion and Science

Study and programming on the nexus of Religion and Science through the prism of Social Justice.

The Rosalie Rendu * Roundtable on Religion and Science is a dialogue group, which relates religious values and scientific advancements in the cause of social justice.  
Members of the Roundtable are drawn from The Vincentian Fellows Program, faculty experts in service of the United Nations, local faith-based charities and healthcare organizations and others from this richly diverse metropolitan area.
World hunger and global health are the primary themes in the three-year cycle of the Roundtable commencing in January 2005. Bimonthly dialogue group meetings, semiannual invited public forums, and biennial conferences promote an ongoing active engagement among scientists, philosophers, theologians, clergy, and faith-based and other non-governmental development organizations.  
This dialogue group hosted by St. John's University and located in the heart of the most ethnically and religiously diverse community in the U.S. is committed to the incorporation of multiple voices from communities based in the greater New York City region and beyond.
This initiative is funded through a grant from The Local Societies Initiative of the Metanexus Institute.
For more information contact:   (718) 990 1612
Administrative contact :   S. Margaret John Kelly, D.C., Ph.D.
Faculty Coordinators :  

Dr. Joanne Carroll, School of Pharmacy
Dr. Barrett Brenton, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,  
Dr. Craig Baron, College of Professional Studies,

ListServe: by invitation.
Blessed Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity in post-enlightenment France, engaged students and faculty from the Sorbonne in efforts to alleviate poverty and advance social justice.   Her efforts to utilize the talents and energies of the academy in the needs of the poor inspired Frederic Ozanam, a student and eventually faculty at the Sorbonne to found the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.   She inspires us to bridge the University and the community in a dialogue of religion and science in service to the common good.

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)