Meet Our Spiritual Advisor Rev. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M.


The Ladies of Charity at St. John’s University is honored and pleased to announce that Rev. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M. has accepted our request to be our Spiritual Advisor. In this capacity, he will join us at key membership meetings, at our Spiritual Day of Reflection and Installation Liturgy. He will help us uncover the process of spirituality that enables each individual to become more active with God. Fr. Griffin will guide us to better understand scripture and how we, as Catholic women may seek every opportunity to make Christ present by serving the material and spiritual needs of the sick, the poor and the marginalized of our society.

Fr. Griffin is a Brooklyn native and was ordained a Vincentian priest in 1979. After ordination, he completed a doctorate in Biblical Studies and has taught at various universities and seminaries. From 1993-1999, he worked in Rome as the Econome General of the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians).  From 2010-2014, Fr. Griffin ministered in Paris as the Director General of the Daughters of Charity. In March 2014, Fr. Griffin returned to St. John’s University where he assumed his current position as the Executive Director for the Vincentian Center for Church and Society.

2020 Leadership of Ladies of Charity at St. John’s University

Anna Rocchio, President
Patricia Nolan, President-Elect & Strategic Planning
Pat Mulé, Past President & Treasurer
Natalie Boone, Past President & Northeast Regional Director, LCUSA
Marge Cashin, Past President & Programming & Special Projects
Mary Ann Dantuono, President of Caregiving, Inc., Past President of LCUSA,
                         Past AIC International Board Member
Adriana Dino, Secretary
Mary Ellen Freeley, Past President & Special Projects
Ronnie Loehle, Co-Chair, Junior Ladies of Charity
Maugie Mannion, Spirituality
Mary O’Donoghue, Membership & By-Laws, Co-Chair, Junior Ladies of Charity
Kitty Prager, Co-Chair, Junior Ladies of Charity
Victoria Shoaf, Treasurer, LCUSA

Rev. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M, Spiritual Advisor
Diane Memmoli, Spiritual Moderator


Juniors and Ladies Welcomed in 2014 Installation

On January 26, the Ladies of Charity at St. John’s welcomed 22 new members,  and commissioned an executive committee for the newly-formed Junior Ladies of Charity at St. John’s Preparatory High School at a Mass and installation ceremony in St. Thomas More Church on the Campus. Rev. Michael Whelan, C.M., was the presider and homilist at the Mass.  St. John’s, the only Association in LCUSA that is institutionally based in a University, began 5 years ago with the installation of 35 Charter members.  Eight new Ladies added to our number, and we welcome 14 young women with the advent of our Junior Ladies affiliates at St. John’s Prep.

The Association is supporting the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women,  G.L.O.B.E., a micro-lending program in the Tobin College of Business, they are active in University based service opportunities such as University Service Day, Cancer Walks and Clothesline Week which each spring hosts events to raise awareness of violence against women.