Slew of events planned to honor St. Vincent de Paul

St. John’s annual Founder’s Week kicks off on Monday, Jan. 25 with a mass and student recognition awards. This year’s theme is “Vincentian Legacy and Destiny: Changing the World with Charity and Justice.” Founder’s Week has been held at the University every year starting from 1995.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, will speak at Carnesecca Arena at 7 p.m. Mortenson, a humanitarian and international peacemaker, has campaigned for education of young children in Pakistan and Afghanistan, helping to establish more than 100 schools in those two countries.

“Greg Mortensen is an example of someone who has had an experience which moved him to action,” said Pamela Shea-Byrnes, vice president for University Ministry and University Events.

Another event being held during Founder’s Week is the Amazing Vincentian Race, a scavenger hunt on campus, on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

“There are signs and symbols all over this campus that speak to our identity,” said Shea-Byrnes.

Teams must register for this event by Jan. 22.

Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will make a visit to campus on Thursday, Jan. 28.

“Dolan has tremendous energy,” said Shea-Byrnes. “He has a fresh approach to what it means to be Catholic and to be engaging.”

Dolan will also be receiving an honorary doctor of Sacred Theology at the Founder’s Week Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 28. At the convocation “a mix of regular people who have done extraordinary things” will be receiving awards, said Shea-Byrnes.

Founder’s Week concludes on Saturday, Jan. 30, with Service Day at St. John the Baptist School in Brooklyn.

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