Father Harrington will be credited, and rightly so, by those who
love St. John’s for his inspirational leadership, strategic vision
and steadfast adherence to our sacred mission to the poor.
On this last point, Father Harrington underscored during his
presidency the importance of adopting a life in service to others,
as shown today by St. John’s robust Campus Ministry programs, the
integration of Academic Service Learning across the curriculum, and
a renewed focus on developing future leaders in Catholic
Father Harrington is also responsible for building the beacon by
which all these achievements are illuminated - St. Thomas More
Church on the University’s Queens campus. In making St. Thomas More
Church a reality, thanks to generous alumni, Father Harrington
fulfilled a promise made in 1955 when the Vincentian community
first established the Queens campus. Today St. Thomas More
Church, and all it represents, rests at the heart of all that we
On behalf of the Vincentian community, I extend sincere
gratitude to Father Harrington for his service to all whose lives
have been touched by our University.
Very Reverend Michael J. Carroll, C.M.
CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION