January 2022
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Michael C. McFarland, SJ

Earlier this month, we concluded the Christmas season with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  This marks the key transition in the life of Jesus from his hidden life of growth and learning within the family to the beginning of his public ministry. This move is characterized by three elements. The first is the affirmation by the Father, proclaiming that Jesus is the “Beloved Son.” This is sealed by the gift of the Spirit, which gives Jesus the power to carry out the work entrusted to him. Then Jesus proceeds to share the gift with others by preaching the Good News, forgiving their sins and healing their afflictions.

- In the News -
The Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies of the Pontifical Gregorian University is featured in La Stampa article
“Jewish-Christian dialogue and studies take a leap forward: a commemorative Symposium marks the advent of a new era”
Reading from the Same Text: From Dialogue to Jewish-Christian Studies” was the title of an international symposium that took place on November 9 at the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies of the Pontifical Gregorian University. “Moving from Jewish-Christian dialogue to studying together is an important step forward” said the President of the Cardinal Bea Centre, Prof. Etienne Veto. It is “the fruit of a seed planted 20 years ago” according to Aldegonde Bennenkmeijer-Wehrhahn who, together with her husband, founded both this center and the Center for the Study of Christianity of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Pontifical Oriental Institute New York Times article
The Rev. David Nazar, the rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute. The collaboration to digitize its books reminded him of a “Mickey Rooney film.” Credit..Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times.
In case you missed it, here is an article on the Oriental Institute that appeared in the January 1, 2022 issue of the New York Times.
It is a remarkable story in itself, and even more remarkable that it appeared in such a prestigious and widely-read publication. It highlights what a unique and precious resource the Orientale is, not only to Eastern Christianity and the Church but to the whole world. It is worth reading, and definitely worth sending on to your friends and associates.

A Vatican Library Shortens the Distance Between Its Works and Its Scholars

Vatican Insider: A Conversation with Fr. David Nazar, Rector,
Pontifical Oriental Institute
This week in the interview segment of Vatican Insider, Joan Lewis interviews Fr. David Nazar, rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. A Canadian born Jesuit from a family of Ukrainian origin, his multi-lingual, multi-cultural background, after years as a superior of Jesuits in Ukraine and former Provincial of the Jesuits in the English Canada Province, eventually led him to Rome. 

Alumni Profile
Fr. César Izquierdo from the Diocese of Yakima 
Pontifical Gregorian University 2020

Read Serving God’s People: From San Potosí to Rome to Yakima, an interview with Fr. César Izquierdo by GUF intern Bridie McGroarty.

Jesuit News

Beatification of Father Rutilio Grande, SJ

On 22 January 2022 Father Rutilio Grande, SJ, and laymen Manuel Solórzano and Nelson
Rutilio Lemus, martyrs, will be beatified in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Read more HERE.

 In Memoriam

Fr Marcel Chappin SJ

On the night of December 24, 2021, Fr. Marcel Chappin SJ, professor emeritus of the Faculty of Theology, died in Rome.

Read his obituary HERE.

- New & Noteworthy -

The 2019 Conference Jesus and the Pharisees: An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal
After much revision and some important additions, the volumes The Pharisees  and I farisei are now both in English (Eerdmans) and in Italian (SanPaolo & GBPress). They include not only most papers from the conference but also four additional ones by renowned scholars.
This volume is based on an international conference organized on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the founding of the Pontifical Biblical Institute. It was held mostly at the Pontifical Gregorian University, with support from the American Jewish Committee, the Italian Bishops Conference, Verbum (Faithlife Inc.), and the Gregorian University Foundation. 

Installation of the cross for the Aula Magna

On 22 December 2021 a new monumental cross, commissioned from Brazilian Franciscan artist Fray Sidival Fila was installed in the Aula Magna of the Gregorian University.

View more HERE.

Due to health concerns in Germany, the international conference "Transitioning to Integral Ecology? Transdisciplinary Approaches for the Grounding and Implementation of a Holistic Worldview", initially scheduled from 26 to 28 January 2022, has been postponed to June 6-8, 2022.

Alumni Promotions

Rev. P. Neil Augustine Frank, OMI, hitherto Provincial Superior of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate in South Africa,


Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Mariannhill (South Africa), with special faculties


Rev. Richard Kazadi Kamba, currently Secretary and Spokesperson of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo),


Bishop of the Diocese of Kolwezi ( Democratic Republic of Congo)


Rev. Andherson Franklin Lustoza de Souza, currently Professor of Biblical Theology and Parish Vicar of Nosso Senhor dos Passos in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim-ES (Brazil),


Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Vitória (Brazil)


HE Mons. Giacomo Morandi, currently Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,


Bishop of the Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla (Italy)


HE Mons. Luigi Renna, currently Bishop of the Diocese of Cerignola-Ascoli Satriano (Italy),


Metropolitan Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Catania (Italy)


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

For true human fraternity
We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

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

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