Vincentian Leadership Institute for High School Students

by | Dec 23, 2017 | Formation, News

St. John’s is running its second year of the Vincentian Leadership Institute: Faith and Service in the City.

Faith and Service in the City connects high school students to Catholic and Vincentian traditions in New York City. Explore theology, experience NYC, and grow in faith and leadership!

Faith and Service in the City, a week-long residential program at SJU’s Queens campus, is an exciting and unique program for high school sophomores and juniors. Expert faculty members from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Campus Ministry lead this program, which focuses on Catholic Social Teaching and social justice action through an exploration of theology and participation in activities throughout New York City.

The program immerses students in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul and the Vincentian Fathers and Daughters of Charity, who have cared for the poor and marginalized throughout the world for almost 400 years. Students will develop and present prayer and social activities throughout each week-long session, honing their leadership skills. The program also offers them the chance to reflect on what gives them meaning in their lives.

As participants in the program, students engage in classroom interaction and experiences that explore Catholic teaching, the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul, and the Vincentian community. They’ll connect to the rich religious roots of Catholicism, and the religious experience of immigrants in New York City. They’ll also participate in service activities that put faith into practice and learn to become Christian leaders who serve others.

Download the application to apply now. The application deadline is April 15, 2018, but applications will continue to be accepted if space permits.

Faith and Service in the City is funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment. For more information, please contact Joann Heaney-Hunter, Ph.D., at

Session Dates

The dates for the three week-long sessions in summer 2018 are:

  1. Sunday, July 8 – Saturday, July 14
  2. Sunday, July 22 – Saturday, July 28
  3. Sunday, August 5 – Saturday, August 11


The program is open to young people who will be high school sophomores and juniors in the fall 2018. If there is space available in the program, entering high school seniors will also be considered.


The cost for each week-long session is $100, which includes all academic and service experiences, room, meals, and transportation to activities throughout the week. Limited scholarship assistance is available.

News & Social Media

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You can also read the following Brooklyn Tablet articles on the summer 2017 program:

Click the image below to view the letter to Campus Ministers and Religion Teachers:

To download the flyer, click the image below: