September 2022
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Hearts Full of Fire
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

In his homily at the August 27 consistory installing of 20 new Cardinals, Pope Francis reflected on the words of Jesus in Lk 12:49: “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled.” According to the Pope, this represented “a passionate love that purifies, regenerates and transfigures all things.” It indicates an intense, single-minded commitment to spreading the Gospel and its values, bringing new life to a world in need of its saving grace. But the Pope also noted a very different use of fire in the Gospels: the charcoal fire on the beach as the Risen Jesus greeted the apostles in John 21. This is a much more peaceful and intimate image. As Pope Francis noted, “The charcoal fire is quiet and gentle, yet it lasts longer and is used for cooking.” It shows the kindness, generosity and loving acceptance of Jesus toward his disciples.

The Gregorian University's Opening Mass for the 472nd year
The Eucharist for the Inauguration of the Academic Year 2022-2023, presided by Rector Fr. Mark Lewis SJ, will be celebrated on Monday 3 October, at 4:30 pm, at the Church of St. Ignatius in Campo Marzio. The solemn liturgy, animated by the Pontifical Mexican College, will open with the invocation of the Holy Spirit, with the singing of the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus. The celebration will conclude with the Inaugural address by the Rector and the opening formula of the 472nd academic year since the foundation of the Roman College.
September 19 Event in New York City
On Monday September 19,  GUF trustees, alumni and friends gathered for a reception at Jesuits USA East Province garden. Special thanks to alumni who told about the impact their Greg education continues to have on their work back in the US:  Bishop Ed Whalen, Fr Michael Hilbert SJ, Fr Ryan Muldoon and Fr Caesar Jaramillo. In addition, each also shared how fellow alumnus and recently elevated Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda, former Gregorian Rector and Canon Law Dean has had a lasting effect on their lives as well.
Bishop Ed Whalen & Fr. McFarland, SJ
Fr Caesar Jaramillo, Maureen Fullam, Rosario Johanek
Constance Eagan, Fr. McFarland, SJ, Fr. Michael Hilbert, SJ, Fr. Gerard Murray and Anne Maria Doolittle 
Paul & Irene Soden, Fr. Steve Sundborg, SJ and David Ralston
September 24 Event in St. Louis
On September 24th, GUF Trustees and friends gathered at the Samuel Cupples House on the campus of St. Louis University for a conversation about the work of the Foundation.
Fr. Sam Conedera SJ, Joan Lipic, Fr. Michael McFarland SJ, Margaret Mary Moore and Joe Lipic
Fr. Michael McFarland SJ, Tom Schlafly, Ellen Shafer and Joe Lipic
In the News

Gregorian Univeristy alumni Fr. Jose V.C. Quilongquilong, SJ, named by Pope Francis to Vatican congregation for Catholic education. The Filipino priest will serve as consultor of the Vatican dicastery that oversees Catholic schools, universities and institutes of higher education around the world. Read more HERE.

Fr. Željko Paša, SJ was recently appointed as the new Dean of the Eastern Ecclesiastical Sciences at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Since joining the Orientale in 2016 as a professor, Fr. Željko Paša, SJ had been teaching Patrology and Arabic Christian Theology in the Faculty of the Eastern Ecclesiastical Sciences. In November 2021, he was made Vice-Dean of the faculty. After nearly a year of distinguished service, Fr. Paša was officially appointed Dean of the faculty on 31 August 2022 by the Most Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus Vice Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Read more HERE.

Reflections around Clergy Abuse and Safeguarding in the Church

Fr Hans Zollner, SJ, President of the IADC at the Gregorian, is continually invited to speak throughout the US and the world.  One of his talks this past spring was at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

GUF benefactor and former trustee, Betty Anne Donnelly, gave the invocation for the 2022 Leadership Roundtable’s J. Donald Monan SJ Distinguished Catholic Philanthropy Ceremony & Dinner.
From America Magazine
The Gregorian has educated 28 saints and 16 popes. But the new Jesuit rector doesn’t think that is the school’s most important legacy
Mark Lewis, SJ, 62, is a historian and only the second Jesuit from the United States to be rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Pope Francis appointed him on June 14. Soon after taking up his new mission on Sept. 1, he granted a long, exclusive interview, his first as rector, to Gerard O’Connell, America’s Vatican correspondent.
In Memoriam
Fr. John O'Malley, SJ, renowned theologian and scholar on church history and the Second Vatican Council whose lectures attracted wide audiences from students to well-educated theologians, died at the Jesuit community in Baltimore Sept. 11. He was 95.  On March 12, 2013 at the Gregorian University, he gave the lecture, "The Council of Trent:  Myths, Misunderstandings and Unintended Consequences.
Alumni Promotions

Rev. Mons. Giuliano Brugnotto,
currently Vicar General of the Diocese of Treviso (Italy),
Bishop of the Diocese of Vicenza (Italy)



Rev. P. Algacir Munhak, CS,
currently Superior of the South American Region Nossa Senhora Mãe dos Migrantes of the Scalabrinian Missionaries,
Bishop of the Diocese of São Miguel Paulista (Brazil)


Rev. Giovanni Cesare Pagazzi,

currently Full Professor of Ecclesiology at the Pontifical Theological Institute "John Paul II" in Rome and Deputy Director of the Institute of Religious Sciences "Sant'Agostino" in Lodi (Italy), 
Secretary of the Department for Culture and Education


Rev. P. Luigi Sabbarese, CS,
Full Professor of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical Urbaniana University,
Judicial Vicar of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Vicariate of the Vatican City



HE Alex Tharamangalam,
currently parish priest of St. Sebastian's Church in Madthil (India),
Auxiliary Bishop of the Eparchy of Mananthavadady (India)

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Praying with the Pope in September
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for August is:

For the abolition of the death penalty
We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.

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

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