April 14, 2009
John’s University held its annual “Walk for the Homeless” on
Friday, April 10. Over 250 members of the St. John’s
Community participated in this traditional event that takes place
each year on Good Friday.
The walk is one of the largest fundraisers for charities which
directly assist the homeless in New York City. This year’s
walk was once again a success, as over $4,500 has been raised to
date, with donations still being collected.
"It is a beautiful tradition to see our University community come
together every Good Friday to make a small sacrifice for those in
need, said James Walters, Assistant Director of Residence
Ministry. “Especially during these tough economic times, the
generosity of the participants is greatly appreciated and will make
a difference in the lives of many New Yorkers."
day began with a 9 a.m. prayer service and Stations of the Cross at
St. Thomas More Church on the University’s Queens campus. The
walkers, dressed in red hats and an assortment of red and white St.
John’s clothing, followed a cross-bearer off campus and traveled
down Union Turnpike to Bell Blvd, where they stopped for a short
visit at American Martyrs Church. Scenes from Jesus of
Nazareth were shown followed by song and prayer and all
participants received a small nail to symbolize the sacrifice
Christ made for us and the sacrifice we are called to make for
The participants then made their way down 73 Avenue and back to the
University, where they shared a light lunch in Marillac
Each year the money raised at the walk benefits local agencies that
serve the poor in New York City. A small portion of the money
raised is reserved for students or other members of the St. John’s
community who face unexpected circumstances which impact their
Anyone who still wishes to donate to this cause may contact the
Office of Campus Ministry at (718) 990-6255.