The Torch

Vincentian View: The True Power of Gentleness

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M.

March 14, 2018

Do you remember Aesop’s fable about the contest between the sun and the wind?  They were arguing about who was stronger. They saw a man walking along the road and agreed that whoever could get the coat off his back was stron...

Vincentian View: The Many Marked Women and Men

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M.

February 14, 2018

For the past few years, I have celebrated the 8:00 a.m. mass on Wednesdays in St. Thomas More Church which is here on the Queens campus of SJU. It is one of my ordinary responsibilities. Usually, I am joined by 25-30 regular...

Vincentian View: Black Catholic History Month

Vincentian View: Black Catholic History Month

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch

November 16, 2017

Vincentian View: Windows on St. Joseph

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch

March 22, 2017

On many occasions, I have mused on the beautiful stained glass windows in our St. Thomas More Church on the Queens campus of our University. Sometimes, I will go to the Church to pray, and my attention gets drawn to a particular scen...

Vincentian View: Marked with Ashes

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch

February 22, 2017

Next Wednesday, March 1, begins the liturgical season of Lent. In the Christian world, Lent signals the time when the community prepares for the celebration of Easter with some 40 days of penance, sacrifice and good works. Ash W...

St. John the Baptist University

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch

December 7, 2016

Our University is named in honor of St. John the Baptist. His statue appropriately stands in front of St. John Hall which was the first building on campus. Dressed in the traditional garb of camel’s hair and with a staff in one ha...

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