Vincentian Heritage Week 2020

Vincentian Heritage Week September 27-October 4, 2020


Catholic and Vincentian: finding meaning in current events

Caring for our Common Home: It’s a Vincentian Thing

“Why are you always talking about climate and environmental justice and racism at Niagara University?” One of the things that experiencing life in the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us is that the effects of systemic injustice fall disproportionately on marginalized communities. The global human health impact of environmental degradation and contamination, experienced more severely in BIPOC communities in the United States, has made COVID-19 that much more serious in these communities.

Our Catholic and Vincentian tradition, rich in its perspectives on the relationship of the human person, society, and the natural world, points to four principles:

  • the inviolable dignity of the human person.
  • the right of persons to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
  • the privileged place of people in poverty in the biblical tradition (the “preferential option for the poor).
  • the responsibility to live in harmony with and respect for the natural world.

At Niagara, at this time, we have chosen to make our commitment to environmental and racial justice the priorities of our mission work. It is Catholic. It is Vincentian. It is who we are.


Sunday, Sept. 27

11:00 a.m.

Sunday Mass: Mass of St. Vincent - Alumni Chapel


3:00 p.m.

One in Hope: Virtual Vincentian Concert Viewing - Gallagher Multipurpose Room

Gen-Verde in Concert -- live and archived on YouTube -- sponsored by St. John’s University. The group will premiere a new Vincentian-themed song. Concert may be viewed online at or in-person. If you would like to join in person, RSVP

7:00 p.m.

Sunday Mass: Mass of St. Vincent - Alumni Chapel


Tuesday, Sept. 29

4:00 p.m.

Connecting Education to the Outdoors - Courtyard between DePaul and the Library

Professor Edwards, Faculty Fellow in Biology,  will talk about her experience in building an extensive environmental curriculum at Stella Niagara as well as the need for educating all students in basic environmental literacy. If you or your class would like to attend, either in person or remotely, please contact Dr. Amelia Gallagher. (Rain location: the Rathskeller, Clet Hall)

Wednesday, Sept. 30

4:00 p.m.

Vincentian Heritage Convocation - Alumni Chapel simulive event




Heather C. McGhee, (Doctor of Laws)
President Emeritus, Demos
New York, New York

Andrè K. Ware (Rev. Thomas A. Judge, C.M. Award)
Niagara University Class of 2016
New York, New York

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper (Vincent de Paul Medal)
Buffalo, New York
Accepted by Jill Jedlicka, Executive Director & Waterkeeper


Dr. Mark A. Gallo (Ozanam Medal)
Professor of Biology
Niagara University, New York 

Daniel S. McMann (Vincentian Mission Award)
Facility Planner
Niagara University, New York

Convocation Address: Heather McGhee: “Environmental Justice and Racism”

Thursday, Oct. 1

1:30 p.m.

ZOOM conversation with Andrè Ware, honoree NUB 110 A & G

Alumnus Andrè K. Ware will share his journey from being a service-oriented student to a professional in political advocacy

Friday, Oct. 2

4:30 p.m.

Outdoor Prayer of Creation - Courtyard of Alumni Hall

This week, we have spent time as a university community exploring issues of environmental justice and their effect on the poor and marginalized. We honor God’s gift of creation and the ways in which we are called to be good stewards of creation. Join us for a time of prayer and reflection as we close out Heritage Week.

Sunday, Oct. 4

7:00 p.m.

Mass of St. Francis - The Fire Pit

Friday - Saturday, 

Leading with Values: Vincentian Family Contributions to a Sustainable World

(virtual conference sponsored by DePaul University, with opportunities for NU students and faculty to participate and share their research)

Other activities to look for!

  • Ongoing service project: food and toiletries drive for the NU food pantry.
  • Virtual activities and resources throughout the week and beyond:
    • Video profiles of faculty who address this week’s themes in their teaching and research
    • Opportunities for prayer and reflection on the interplay of Environmental Justice and Racism.
    • Digital signage with quotes from Laudato Si and St. Vincent.

Many of this year's Vincentian Heritage Week events will be streamed live - for the first time!  The schedule can be found below, so please tune in live and celebrate with us.

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