December 06, 2022

BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – December 6, 2022 – St. Joseph’s University, New York (SJNY) is pleased to announce that it has received $155,000 from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSSJ) to support the University’s service learning trips, also known as mission trips, for students from both its Brooklyn and Long Island campuses.

The Office of Campus Ministry hosts the annual mission trips as an opportunity for SJNY students to visit underserved areas of the country and provide assistance at local shelters, soup kitchens and other organizations that serve their communities. This year, $5,000 of the grant monies will be used to fund a winter mission trip to Camden, New Jersey. The remaining funds of $150,000 will be used to create an endowment for future mission trips with the institution.

“This generous grant ensures that this important facet of the University’s mission will always be intact for our students,” said Cristian Murphy, director of campus ministry on the Long Island Campus. “Our mission is an important part of our history and these trips have also been an important part of our history, and will continue to be important in the future.”

This year’s SJNY winter mission trip will be the first held since 2020 when they were put on hold due to the COVID pandemic. During the weeklong trip, students will work within different organizations to gain insight about the Camden, New Jersey community, and later reflect on their day’s work during evening activities to gain a better understanding of current social justice issues affecting underserved communities in general.

“With this inspirational grant from the CSSJ, we can continue the Sisters' legacy and commitment to helping the underserved,” said Rory Shaffer-Walsh, vice president for institutional advancement. “This grant will endow the mission program at SJNY and allow for students to give back with service. We are truly grateful to the CSSJ for their generosity.”

Previous mission trips have included the areas of Houston, Texas, Washington, D.C., Oklahoma, North Carolina and South Carolina. For more information, visit

St. Joseph’s University, New York has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the University provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through its Brooklyn, Long Island and online campuses, the University offers degrees in more than 100 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.