November 2022
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Michael C. McFarland, SJ

It is always inspiring when we go to Rome to visit the Gregorian to meet so many students, seminarians, priests, members of religious orders, and now an increasing number of lay people, with a deep sense of vocation and a dedication to serving Christ in the Church. Many come from very difficult backgrounds, families and communities beset by poverty and oppression. Others come out of a society that has drifted away from their faith traditions and so are losing their source of meaning and purpose. Whatever their background, they all cherish their faith as a precious gift, one that is so crucial to a full and happy life that they want to share it with others.

The Gregorian gives them a deeper understanding of the faith, its sources, its development and how it is lived out by individuals, communities and the Church. It gives them the language and concepts to articulate the faith, teach it to others and enter into dialogue with others. It also gives them the knowledge and skills they need to deal with contemporary issues, whether moral, legal, cultural or institutional, and the specific training they will need for their future apostolates, including teaching, pastoral work, canon law, administration, evangelization and spiritual formation.

Just as important, they get first-hand experience of the worldwide Church in all its rich diversity, and learn from others who bring very different experiences, cultures and points of view yet share a common faith and a deep commitment to serving Jesus Christ. There is no doubt that they will go on to give outstanding service to the Church, as have the thousands and thousands of graduates who have gone before them.

A message of thanks from student Suzette Patosa Nellas
Cocktails & Conversation in Chicago
 November 9
Patrick Kennedy, Joan Schniedwind and Fred O'Connor 
Donald Storino, Sean and Nancy Heffernan
Chicago reception hosts John and Kristin Vasilj and Fr. McFarland
Fr. Michael McFarland and GUF Alumnus His Eminence, Blaise Cardinal Cupich
Allison Del Castillo, Samantha Lin and Tomasso Bacci
Fr. Michael McFarland, Peter Beale Del Vecchio, and Patrick Kennedy
Liturgy & Lunch in Boston
November 13
Trustee emeritus Betty Anne Donnelly
Mary Sue McKenna, Fr McFarland & Joan Flynn
Greg alumni: Fr Jim Keenan SJ, Msgr Bill Fay & Fr Joe Zwosta
Lunch attendees
In the News
Archbishop Gugerotti appointed new prefect of Eastern Churches
Pope Francis appoints 67-year-old Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, apostolic nuncio to Great Britain until now, to take the place of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri. Archbishop Gugerotti received a doctorate in Oriental Ecclesiastical Sciences at the Pontifical Oriental Institute and teaches at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Read more HERE.

Jesuit-educated Archbishop Timothy Broglio is elected USCCB president 
Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology and a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, was elected on November 15 to head the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for the next three years. Read more HERE.

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See addresses UN on racism

"Racism is a radical evil which denies human dignity, divides the human family, and hampers the establishment of a just and equal society," Archbishop Caccia said.

Responses to the evil of racism should begin with the family and be fostered by school and society as a whole, and must be rooted in truth and the dignity of the human person. Read the full text HERE.
The abuse crisis should be the center of the pope's ongoing synodal process
Fr. Hans Zollner, director of the Gregorian University's Institute of Anthropology and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, co-authored an opinion piece for the National Catholic Register. "It must be understood that the chances of the synodal process that will soon begin its continental phase are closely tied to what the Catholic Church is doing and not doing on the abuse crisis. It's about the abuse crisis even when it's not explicitly about the abuse crisis."
Read the full article HERE.

Diploma alumna awarded for her safeguarding course

Sr Jacinta Ondeng SSND, an alumna of the IADC diploma course, earned “Honorable Mention” for the 2022 Uniservitate Award's African regional hub. The Uniservitate Award recognizes “Service-Learning Experiences in Catholic Higher Education” in various regions.. Read more HERE.

New Safeguarding Chair at the Institute of Anthropology

On October 13, the Institute of Anthropology presented a new Chair for Evaluation in the Context of Safeguarding at the Pontifical Gregorian University. The chair was made possible through an endowment by the Guido Fluri Foundation. Earlier in the day, Swiss entrepreneur Guido Fluri visited the Institute’s offices at Villa Malta and was welcomed by Director Fr. Hans Zollner and staff members. Read more HERE.

Turkish academic to teach Ottoman history
Canan Parmaksızoğlu Aksoy
is proud to be the first Turkish and Muslim academic to teach at a prestigious Vatican school. Aksoy, who long worked in the Vatican archives, was picked to teach a course on relations between the papacy and Ottoman Empire in near eastern history at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Read more HERE.

In Memoriam
Rev. Dr. George Nedungatt, SJ
With the passing away of Fr Nedungatt, we have lost an eminent canonist and a father of the present eastern code of canon law. As a professor and dean of the faculty of eastern canon law of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, he enriched it and elevated its prestige. His contributions as a consultor of the commission for the codification of eastern canon law and his publications bear witness to the high level of foresight, scholarship and clarity of thought. A consultor of various Vatican departments, he made lasting marks in some of the decisions which came from them. Many in our community remember him as a good religious and community man. The Oriental Institute and the Church in general are deeply indebted to him for his contributions.
The Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti

Archbishop Mario Conti has died at the age of 88. He trained at St Mary's College, Blairs, Aberdeenshire, before studying at the Scots College and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he obtained degrees in philosophy and theology and was ordained a priest in Rome on October 26, 1958. He was one of the last surviving bishops in the world to have been appointed by Pope (now saint) Paul VI.
Read more HERE.

Alumni Appointments

Rev Niall Coll,
currently parish priest in Donegal and Clare (Ireland),
Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory (Ireland)


Rev. Mons. Luigi Roberto Cona,
currently Councilor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State,
Apostolic Nuncio to El Salvador with the dignity of Archbishop


Rev. P. Dominic Eibu, MCCJ,
currently parish priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cairo (Egypt),
Bishop of the Diocese of Kotido (Uganda)


HE Archbishop Ladislav Nemet, SVD,
currently Bishop of the Diocese of Zrenjanin (Serbia),
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Belgrade (Serbia)



Rev. Joseph Bui Cong Trac,
currently Rector of the Major Seminary of Hô Chí Minh Ville (Vietnam),
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Thàn-Phô-Hô Chí Minh (Vietnam)


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

For Children Who Suffer

We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.

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

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