May 2022
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Of All Nations
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

During this Easter season, the first readings at Mass have been taken from the Acts of the Apostles.  It is the story of the founding of Christianity, from Jesus’ commissioning of the Apostles to the arrival of St. Paul in Rome.  It was a time marked by the great growth of the nascent church, not just through increases in numbers but also through a constant expansion of its horizons, so that it went from a small sect within the Jewish community in Jerusalem to a movement that sought to evangelize the entire world.  It was not an easy process; for it encountered resistance at every step, as much from within as from without.  The leadership kept defining boundaries that they thought were essential to the community’s identity, while the Holy Spirit kept blowing them away, drawing ever-wider groups of supposed “aliens” into the community of believers.

GUF Board of Trustees
GUF Trustee Sam Sawyer, SJ, was recently named the 15th editor in chief of America magazine. Fr. Sawyer will take the helm of the 113-year-old magazine following the departure of the current president and editor in chief, Matt Malone, SJ, later this year. Fr. Sawyer joined the magazine in 2015, and he is currently a senior editor and director of digital strategy.
Six new members elected to the GUF Board of Trustees
Howard and Lisa Bell met as undergraduates at Northern Arizona University and currently reside in Pheonix. Howard is the founder and CEO of The Bell Group, a management consulting group. After a successful tenure in the corporate world, Lisa has turned her attention to fundraising on a professional level.
Chorbishop John Faris is an alumnus of the Sacred Heart Seminary, the Pontifical North American College, the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Oriental Institute. He currently serves as Pastor of Saint Anthony Church in Glen Allen, VA and as Assistant Professor of Eastern Canon Law at The Catholic University of America. He is a canon lawyer of the Eastern Catholic Church.
Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ, is an alumnus of Gonzaga University and the Pontifical Gregorian University. He served as the 21st President of Seattle University from July 1997 to July 2021. Fr Sundborg also previously served as the Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus and as the rector of the Jesuit community at Seattle University.
John Vasilj is a graduate of Georgetown University and currently serves as Managing Director of Accenture, LLP, in Chicago, Illinois. John is a global business leader specializing in operational and technology transformation at large multinational enterprises and public organizations.
Mary Beth Wood is a 40+ year veteran of the real estate industry in Los Angeles, CA. Mary Beth is the Global Luxury Estates Director and a top producer in Coldwell Banker’s Brentwood Office. Mary Beth has four children and six grandchildren and is a board member and active volunteer for multiple organizations in her community.
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 for this year's Colloquium as we explore from the center to the periphery.
May 17 Event in New York City
Update from Rome
Trustees and donors gathered to hear an update on Ukrainian relief efforts given by Fr. Mykola Ivanov, a graduate of the Pontifical Orientale Institute's School of Canon Law, and the current Judicial Vicar of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.  Fr. Ivanov shared his experiences after recently returning from Poland where he was coordinating Ukrainian relief efforts.
News from the Greg
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The Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute held an International Conference on Moral Theology on 11-14 May, focusing on Amoris Laetitia to mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the family. The Pope met with participants in the conference and reflected on how the family can open up new paths for reflection in the study of moral theology.
At the opening the conference for the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of Psychology, Fr Stanislaw Morgalla, SJ, read a message sent for the occasion by the Holy Father.
Former Pontifical Gregorian University student Titus Brandsma will be canonised

Next May 15, the Holy Father will preside over the canonization ceremony of Carmelite priest Titus Brandsma, who was killed in hatred of the faith in the Dachau death camp.

Gregorian Alumnus Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, visited the western Ukrainian city of Lviv and blesses the people of Ukraine on behalf of Pope Francis.
“It’s a pleasure to pray with you and the Catholic people of this city, in the name of the Holy Father, and to offer a blessing upon the city and its population and upon Ukraine, and to pray for peace.”
Gregorian alumnus Father Hy Nguyen, PSS, appointment
The Society of St. Sulpice and the Archdiocese of San Antonio have announced the appointment of Father Hy Nguyen, PSS, as Rector of Assumption Seminary, beginning July 1.  Fr Nguyen earned an STD in Dogmatic Theology from the Gregorian. Read more HERE.

News from the Biblicum

Biblicum alumnus Brother Benedict F. Janecko, OSB, 83, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey for more than 60 years, died Friday, May 20, 2022, after a brief illness. He received his SSL in Sacred Scripture in 1969 from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Read more HERE.
Biblicum Spring PhD Dissertations:

a. KOWALCZYK Bartłomiej  The "Vetus Syra" of the Gospel of Mark     
Moderator Prof. R.P. Craig Morrison

b. SEU Matthias The Targum Jonathan of 1 and 2 Samuel: the nature of its translation and its theology 
Moderator Prof. R.P. Craig Morrison

c. ASSAF Mariana Water Imagery in the Book of Jeremiah
Moderator: Prof. R.P. Dominik Markl, SJ — II relatore:  Prof. R.P. Georg Fischer, SJ

d. KORYTIAKOVÁ Martina Space in the Book of Judith. Narrative Analysis and Interpretation of Space
Moderator: Prof.ssa Nuria Calduch-Benages — II relatore: Prof.ssa Barbara Schmitz

e. DIRGAPRIMAWAN Bernadus The Inexperienced Person and the Journey to Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs       
Moderator:  Prof. R.P. Agustinus Gianto II supervisor: Prof. Michael F. Kolarcik, SJ

May Alumni Promotions

Dr. Matthias Ambros,
Lecturer in the Faculty of Canon Law,
Consultor of the Congregation for Catholic Education


Rev. Serafino Parisi, currently parish priest of San Dionigi in Crotone and Director of the Biblical School of the Diocese of Crotone - Santa Severina (Italy),
Bishop of the Diocese of Lamezia Terme (Italy)


HE Msgr.Paul Fitzpatrick Russel, former Apostolic Nuncio to Turkey, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan,
Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Detroit (USA)


International Conferences


Mass Cards
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Praying with the Pope in May
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for May is:

For faith-filled young people

We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

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

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