Two Universities Celebrate Their Vincentian Heritage

Vincentian Heritage Week is a way for the two Vincentian universities of the Eastern Province to pay homage to St. Vincent. He inspired and organized his contemporaries to serve the less fortunate. each university highlight sets aside a week fo activities around his feast to tell his story and celebrate the university’s Catholic and Vincentian character.


Niagara University, the first Vincentian university established in the United States, has scheduled a full slate of events to celebrate its rich history of education and service in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. “A Heightened Sense of Purpose” is the theme of this year’s Vincentian Heritage Week, which will take place Sept. 21-29, 2019.

The entire Niagara University community – students, faculty, staff, and administration – participates in the Heritage Week events, highlighted by the prestigious Vincentian Heritage Convocation, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions of university employees, alumni, and community leaders.

Many of the week’s activities and presentations focus on understanding Vincentian service and opportunities for engagement in service, The Vincentian Heritage Convocation provides an opportunity to recognize people who have been outsanding in  Vincentianservice. This year’s honorees include Sr. Betty Ann McNeil, D.C., M.S.W.; Rev. Thomas Augustine Judge, C.M., an early pioneer in the lay apostolate; Dr. Shawn P. Daly; David V. Whalen; Patricia Wrobel; Christopher Rhue; and Alexis Fuentes.

See the full schedule of Vincentian Heritage Week events.

St. John’s University takes as its theme for this year’s Founders week “One with the Poor—in Service Together—Be Vincentian”.

“We should assist the poor in every way and do it both by ourselves and by enlisting the help of others….To do this is to preach the gospel by words and work.” –St. Vincent de Paul

Vincentian Convocation Ceremony and Chair of Social Justice Lecture fetureRev. Joseph G. Fitzgerald, C.M., Ph.D., S.T.D. ‘01C, ‘09G
Executive Secretary of the National Coordination of Indigenous Ministry (CONAPI) “Hope from the Margins: The Prophetic Witness of Indigenous Peoples”. Fr. Fitzgerald played a major role in the planning and organization of World Youth Day in Panama.

During the week there will also be many presentations and opportunities on each of the three campuses – Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan.

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