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May 2021
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May Reflection
The Ignatian Year: Conversion and Discernment
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

Just 500 years ago on May 20, in a battle for the city of Pamplona, a cannonball struck the Basque solider Iñigo de Loyola, shattering his leg and with it his dreams of a glorious career as a military hero and ladies’ man. In his slow and painful convalescence, Iñigo came to recognize the shallowness of his past life chasing “vainglory,” and that he would only find genuine fulfillment in following Jesus Christ. That was the first step in a long journey of conversion, in which he had to confront his own demons of guilt, depression, ignorance and willfulness. He sank so deep into despair that he was close to suicide, when he finally had to let go and surrender to God. That was the turning point. It freed him from focusing on himself and opened him up to listen to God and follow God’s will. From there the former soldier, who took the name Ignatius in recognition of his new identity, set out on a new campaign, this time to win souls for Christ. He still had many challenges to overcome and lessons to learn, but he kept moving ahead with single-minded determination in pursuit of this goal, which ultimately led to the founding of the Society of Jesus.

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Ignatian Year Resources
Click HERE to view an interview with Fr Sosa discussing his book Walking with Ignatius
Watch the recorded prayer broadcast of "Pilgrims with Ignatius"
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“In education for ethical decision making, we find that what we call vulnerability and recognition are necessary preconditions even before conscience comes into play. There has been a shift in discourse today on "vulnerability" from a meaning that focuses on being in need to being responsive. Today it is the Vulnerable one who is the person who hears the cry of the poor! This meaning of vulnerability couples with the notion of "recognition" that sees and hears what others often overlook. This talk will make connections among three terms, conscience, vulnerability and recognition. It will be practically oriented and not conceptually heavy.”
- Fr. James Keenan
The lecture is free but registration is requested. All are welcome!
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The Gregorian University Foundation is pleased to welcome our newest members of the Board of Trustees

Edward F. Greissing Jr. is a Senior Advisor and Policy Fellow at the Milken Institute and CEO and President of Greissing Strategic Advisors LLC. He recently retired as the Executive Director of the Center for Public Health at the Milken Institute. Mr. Greissing previously served as a member of the Executive Committee, Global Leadership Team, and Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Sanofi. Presently Mr. Greissing serves on the Chimerix Board of Directors.
In 1989 he co-founded Research!America and the FDA Council, and in 2014 was presented the Corporate Hero award by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Foundation, In 2015, Mr. Greissing received the American Cancer Society Donald H. Gemson Cancer Prevention Award for Lifetime Public Policy Achievement, Innovation, Leadership, and Excellence. 
Before entering the industry in 1978, Mr. Greissing was on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee staff, where he held a Top Security Clearance and co-authored and contributed to various investigations and reports, including The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He also served in the United States Army as a military policeman assigned to the Honor Detail at Fort Myer and Arlington Cemetery. Mr. Greissing earned an A.B. in History from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. in Congressional Studies and Politics from The Catholic University of America.

Patricia Lotuff was born in Washington DC and raised in Chevy Chase, MD, where she attended both the Norwood and Potomac schools before high school in New York and eventually graduating from the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston. She currently works in the production of artistic forms utilizing seashells and sells mostly in the Bahamas.
In 1997 she married her husband Joe Lotuff and moved to Massachusetts to raise their four children: Clark (21) and West (19) both attend Villanova University, Ainsley (18) attends St Georges School and Alden (15) attends Episcopal High School. As a family they are avid skiers and sailors, especially on Cape Cod where they spend their summers.
After having been in Massachusetts for over 20 years, Joe and Tia have recently purchased a home in Georgetown and are looking forward to reconnecting with Tia’s hometown. Tia continues to be involved with various groups both in Worcester MA, Cape Cod and Lyford in the Bahamas. They include Board membership at the following: Wianno Club (Cape Cod, MA), Ecotarium Science Museum (Worcester, MA), Worcester Art Museum, Eaglebrook School (Deerfield, MA), Lyford Club House Committee and Design Weekend Committee (Nassau, Bahamas.)
Friends gather for Mass and conversation at a dinner hosted by Marlene and John Yasinski at their home in Naples FL. Fr Bill George, SJ presided at Mass. GUF Trustee, Paul Soden, and Fr George spoke about the Gregorian University and the October Colloquium to Rome during cocktails.

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. 
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Henri De Lubac Award 2021

The jury of the Henri de Lubac Award, organised and sponsored by the French Embassy to the Holy See, recently met to award a doctoral work in French and a doctoral work in a foreign language defended at one of the Roman Pontifical Universities.
The award in French was awarded to Rev. Biasgiu Santu Virgitti (Faculty of Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University)
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- In Memoriam -
James Serritella

Pontifical Gregorian University


James Serritella, JD, an alumnus of the Pontifical Gregorian University, served as chief counsel and legal advisor to the Archdiocese of Chicago for nearly 50. He was 78.
Read his obituary HERE.

Faculty News
Fr Mark Lewis
Pontifical Gregorian University

Fr Mark Lewis, Vice Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Jesuit from the USA Central and Southern Province, was recently interviewed by Vatican Insider host Joan Lewis. 
Fr Lewis discusses his work at the university, how it reflects the universal Church and how the Greg has dealt with the pandemic – everything from classes online requiring new technology to turn-styles that measure the temperature of those entering the university.
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Call for Papers
The Associazione Italiana di Filosofia della Religione Annual Conference
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Praying with the Pope in May
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for May is: 

The World of Finance

Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.


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