June 2021
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June Reflection: We Are One Body in Christ  
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

Just one week after I was ordained a priest, I was privileged to say Mass at the church in the Pueblo Indian village where I had worked for four years before joining the Jesuits. Some of the children I had taught, now grown, were there, as were several friends and colleagues I had worked with and families I had come to know. It was the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. As was the custom there, at the end of Mass, we had a procession around the village plaza, the center of their communal life and culture. I carried the Blessed Sacrament around the plaza, attended by the choir and other worshippers, and blessed a number of little shrines that various families had erected for the occasion. After this we went to a friend’s home, where they put on a traditional feast for the occasion.


Faculty News
Fr. Gerry O'Collins SJ
Pontifical Gregorian University

Gregorian University professor, Fr. Gerry O'Collins SJ,  just published his 77th book and also just celebrated his 90th birthday. The launch for Fr O'Collins' latest book, entitled Letters From Rome and Beyond, was held Thursday 17th June. The recording of the book launch event may be viewed HERE.

Diploma in Safegaurding

The Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection (CCP) celebrated the graduation of 33 students enrolled in the Spanish and English Diploma in Safeguarding programs, 17 of which are following the first ever Spanish Diplomado en Protección de Menores and 16 of which are following the English program (established in 2015). In total, they represent 26 countries from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
Interview with the 2021 Hilton Foundation Centre for Child Protection scholarship winners: Sr Judith Vuvu Vianoza, a sister of the Society of Santa Teresa de Jesus and a native of  Angola and Sr Janet Ebikaboere Deinanaghan, a Daughter of Charity from the Province of Nigeria. Both received the Diploma in Safeguarding.

2021 Colloquium in Rome
10-16 October

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. 

Scholars from around the world study for diploma in safeguarding

In recent years, The Lay Centre has been home to several scholars who have come to Rome to study at the Centre for Child Protection  (CCP) at the Pontifical Gregorian University. This year, Ángela López from the Dominican Republic and Miguel Matute from Spain left work and family behind to study at the CCP.

Alumni News

Fr. Ronald Kunkel
Pontifical Gregorian University

Fr. Ronald Kunkel, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, effective Aug. 9.
Read more HERE
Archbishop Arthur Roche
Pontifical Gregorian University

Pope Francis has appointed the English archbishop, Arthur Roche, 71, as the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, where he has been secretary since 2012. 
Read more HERE
Mark Tedesco
Pontifical Gregorian University

Greg Alumnus Mark Tedsco has written a book about living in Rome. "I used to live in that magical city and I realized that everything in Rome has a story behind it: the people, the buildings, the statues, even the street corners. So I wrote a book about these stories." Learn more HERE

Student News

Fr Matt Berrios
Pontifical Oriental Institute

Fr Matt was a guest on Vatican Insider last weekend. Joan Lewis interviewed the Paulist priest asking: what are the Oriental Churches? What studies is he pursuing? What courses does the PIO offer? Listen to the interview HERE.
Monica Borsari
Pontifical Gregorian University
Monica Borsari came to Rome three years ago to study spiritual theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. She discovered her passion for the Word of God, and later for studies in spirituality, through her experience of the Spiritual Exercises and through pilgrimages in biblical lands. Read more HERE.
Diogo Pessotto
Pontifical Gregorian University

Diogo Pessotto set off from Brazil in January to complete his doctoral research at the library of the Pontifical Gregorian University. The Brazilian scholar says 'sacrifice' of academic study will bear great fruit. Read more HERE.

Ignatian Year

A cannonball that changed the world: Pope Francis marks 500 years since St. Ignatius’ conversion.

Pope Francis said that the cannonball that wounded Ignatius of Loyola 500 years ago not only changed the saint’s life but also the course of the world. The world’s first Jesuit pope made the remark in a video marking the start of an Ignatian Year celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion.


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

The Beauty of Marriage

Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.

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

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