December 2021
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Michael C. McFarland, SJ

In his contemplation on the Incarnation at the beginning of the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius asks us to picture a broken world in need of healing.  The vision encompasses the vast sweep of the human family in all its diversity: “Some are white, some black; some at peace, and some at war; some weeping, some laughing; some well, some sick; some coming into the world, and some dying ….”  Yet all are condemned for their sins, destined to “go down to hell.”  But looking down on this sorry scene are the “Three Divine Persons,” and seeing the hopeless plight of humanity, “They decree in Their eternity that the Second Person should become man to save the human race.  So when the fullness of time had come, They send the Angel Gabriel to our Lady.”


GUF Annual Dinner
8 December 2021

On Wednesday, December 8, the Gregorian University held their annual dinner in appreciation of their benefactors at the New York Athletic Club. The evening's highlight was the presentation by GUF Chairman Bill Whelan of the 2021 William R. Grant Award to Tom Keaveney, an invaluable counselor to the Board of Trustees and Staff of the Foundation, for his "exceptionally generous leadership" as he is truly a man for others.
View the event program HERE.
Honoree Tom Keaveney's family
Fr Michael McFarland, Tom Keaveney and Chair Bill Whelan
GUF Rome Colloquium 2021 mini reunion
Steve Vincent and Ellen Shafter
"The Lord's Nativity has brought about two principal effects: glory to God in the highest, and peace among all people on earth. The holy angels proclaimed this twofold effect in the song that they sang above the Lord's crib on that holy night.  Since it is only right that, when angels speak, men should keep silent, or, if they wish to speak, that they should repeat like pupils the words that they have learned from the angels, compelled as I am to speak publicly on such a joyful day, I shall repeat the angelic hymn, and from its lyrics draw my words." 
St. Robert Bellarmine, In festo Natalis Domini, Sermo secundus. 
I wish you a Holy and Merry Christmas, and a blessed and happy new year: may the Lord bless you and your family and may his light shine in your hearts. 
With my deep gratitude for your faithful and generous support and my best wishes,

Pontifical Gregorian University

Chicago Cocktails & Conversation
5 December 2021

On December 5, local benefactors and friends gathered at Loyola Academy in Wilmette for another Cocktails and Conversation event.  Fr. Michael McFarland and Fr. Bill George were joined by Gregorian Alumni, Fr. Jerry Boller and Dr. Avery Smith, who shared their thoughts on the impact of their Gregorian University education in the work they do today.
Mary Pat and John Fontana with Fr. McFarland
Joan Schniedwind, Meggan Needham, and Fr. Jerry Boland
The guests at the Cocktails and Conversation event at Loyola Academy in Wilmette
Dr. Avery Smith, Fr. George, & Nancy Heffernan
Back: John and Kristin Visilj, & Sean Heffernan

Messages of Gratitude this Christmas Season

Sr Odette Massah, a third-year student at the Pontifical Gregorian University, expresses her gratitude for those who donated to make her education possible.
Fr Manoj Kispotta thanks GUF benefactors
Christmas Cheer!
Watch and listen to students at the Greg perform Christmas carols

Alumni News

Fr Roger Landry
Pontifical Gregorian University

Read Fr Roger Landry's article, An Extraordinary and Unforgettable Start to Advent. 

Fr. Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River and is national chaplain for Catholic Voices USA. He received his STB from the Gregorian University in 1998. 

Alumni Promotions

Rev. Mons. Antônio Luiz Catelan Ferreira, Professor at the Pontifical Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),


Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)


Rev. P. Neil Augustine Frank, OMI, Provincial Superior of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate in South Africa,


Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Mariannhill (South Africa)


Rev. Daniel Joseph Meagher, Administrator of All Hallows Parish in Five Dock in Sydney (Australia),


Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Sydney (Australia)


Rev. Mons. César Alfonso Ortega Díaz, Vicar General of the Diocese of Parral (Mexico),


Bishop of the Diocese of Linares (Mexico)


Rev. Msgr.Eric Soviguidi, Councilor of the Nunciature, up to now in service at the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State,


Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO


HE Msgr Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Papantla (Mexico) and Secretary for Seminaries of the Congregation for the Clergy,


Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Jalapa (Mexico)

Mass Cards
available online

The Gregorian University Foundation is pleased to offer Mass cards for the living and for the deceased. 
Just click HERE to select the Gregorian University Foundation as your charity of choice.
Praying with the Pope in December
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for December is: 

Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Reflect further on the Prayer Intention for December and unite yourself with the Pope's Prayer Network Watch the Pope's Video >>

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