June 2019
Gregorian University Foundation
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and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
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Universal Apostolic Preferences

Fr General Arturo Sosa has released the "Universal Apostolic Preferences" (UAPs) to guide and inspire the mission of the Society of Jesus in the next 10 years. The UAPs were given to Pope Francis who prayed with them before returning them to Fr General Sosa as a MISSION from the Holy Father.

21 May 2019
GUF Reception at the New York Athletic Club

On Tuesday, 21 May, GUF President, Fr Alan Fogarty SJ, was joined by Chairman, Gene Rainis, Trustees, alumni and friends for a reception at the New York Athletic Club.  Fr Nick Colallela (PUG '14, PIB '18), shared the importance of his education in his work with the guests. Attendees also heard from Rev Gerald Murray (PUG '98), Msgr John Strynkowski (PUG '65 and '67) and Fr Joseph Zwosta (PUG) about how these graduates are making a difference in their communities today.

Msgr John Strynkowski, Fr Nick Colallela, Fr Joseph Zwosta, Trustee Irene Soden, Chairman Gene Rainis and Trustee Paul Soden enjoy a beautiful NYC evening on the NYAC terrace.

Anne and Robert James, Trustee Bill Whelan and Senior Advisor Fr Bill George SJ converse about the Gregorian University.

Fr Nick Colallela, Trustee Fr Robert Niehoff SJ and Beth Marren.

Fr Robert Niehoff SJ, Fr Joseph Zwosta, Msgr John Strynkowski, Fr Bill George SJ, and Fr Nick Colallela.

27 May 2019
Professor Bruna Costacurta
Pontifical Gregorian University

This picture captures Prof. Costacurta at the end of her final lecture at the Gregorian, surrounded by her many loving and admiring students. The course in question, Vedere l’invibile (“Seeing the invisible”, a course in which she helped students to reflect on the experience of the encounter between God and humans, both in the Bible as a whole but most especially in the Pentateuch), is part of our second-cycle/licentiate level program of studies. It was her last course, an elective open to all students of theology, whatever their particular specialization may be (whether systematic, fundamental, patristic, biblical or moral theology). Approximately 230 students were enrolled in her course along with about 20 auditors! This marked a fitting conclusion to an outstanding forty-year-long career of teaching sacred Scripture at the Gregorian University. In addition, Costacurta is a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, having been appointed to this prestigious and significant position by the pope himself. She will be greatly missed by students and professors alike.

Pontifical Gregorian University
Renewal Program for Missionaries

The Clergy, Religious and Laity working in the vineyard of the Lord are missionaries and need on-going formation because of a fast-changing world in which the Christian Faith is lived.

  • The various questions that arise if not tackled appropriately may lead to confusion and stifling of the spirit of mission and proclamation.

  • The Renewal Program for Missionaries aims at helping missionaries to gain clarity and insights into various aspects of mission and Faith proclamation.

  • The participant will thereby acquire confidence in responding to various situations with a rootedness in Faith. 

  • A one-semester program would be ideal for those on Sabbaticals or for those needing a short term program.

Doing a renewal program in Rome will be the most meaningful with the proximity of Pope and other major sites of missionary interest. 


A Catholic Reads Rabbinic Traditions 
The Year of Cardinal Bea Lecture Series

Learning from Interreligious Dialogue:
From Colonial to a Global Understanding

6 October -12 October
2019 Colloquium
Rome through the eyes of Ignatius

See the Eternal City from a unique perspective - from the heart of the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus.  Experience the adventure of Jesuit Rome with its academic, spiritual, social and cultural opportunities. Please join us as we explore from the center to the periphery. Registration is open!

Alumni Can Now Purchase the Verbum Software
used by the Biblicum Professors and Students

The Verbum team and the administration at the Biblicum have established a process for Biblicum alumni to obtain the same software package the faculty and students are using in their studies. Alumni are able to purchase the software at the same discounted price that has been extended to the students. This software package and pricing is currently only available via the Biblicum.

Verbum’s Biblicum Standard package was created in collaboration with the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. The collection offers the necessary books and software tools for advanced Catholic academic biblical study. Key texts one would expect in any advanced scholar’s package are included such as:
  • biblical and extrabiblical texts in original languages with translations and critical apparatuses
  • a curated collection of commentaries for each biblical book
  • essential grammars, lexicons, and dictionaries
It also features the full range of software tools that Verbum and Logos are famous for, namely reverse interlinears for key Bibles, Hebrew audio pronunciations, Hebrew and Greek lemmas, and grammar constructions parsed with the mere hover of the mouse.

Mass Cards
available online

The Gregorian University Foundation is pleased to offer Mass cards for the living and for the deceased. 

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

The Mode of Life of Priests
That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.

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

The mission of the Gregorian University Foundation is to raise funds that provide financial assistance for the Education Consortium of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Italy, which includes the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute.

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