November 2019
Gregorian University Foundation

26 November
Feast of St. John Berchmans, SJ

"Our true worth does not consist in what human beings think of us. What we really are consists in what God knows us to be. 

To merit the protection of Mary, the smallest act of veneration would be enough, provided that it is performed with constancy.

If I do not become a Saint when I am young, I shall never become one."

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Faculty News
Fr Paul Béré
Pontifical Biblical Institute

Jesuit Father Paul Béré, who is known particularly for his contributions to developing an African theology, was awarded the Ratzinger Prize by Pope Francis earlier this month. Professor Paul Béré, is a theologian and educator at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and is the first African recipient of the Ratzinger Prize.

Student Profile
Juscelino Martinez Brazeiro, Jr
Pontifical Gregorian University

Juscelino was born on July 9, 1978 in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state of Brazil. It is tucked between Paraguay to the west and Uruguay to the south. Juscelino is a priest of the diocese of Novo Hamburgo which is just outside of the capital. It is small in area, but the diocese has over 700,000 Catholics. Juscelino was ordained in 2008.
As a priest, Juscelino has worked in a minor seminary, which is the first stage in preparing young men for the priesthood. He has also served as a parochial vicar and pastor of a parish in Canela. He then was an assistant in the Apostolic Nunciature in Brasilia. He was asked by his bishop to come to the Gregorian to study canon law to serve
the needs of the diocese in a different way. Juscelino is now in the third year of his studies for a Licentiate which he hopes to finish in 2020. He is very happy with his choice to come to the Greg, even though it meant that he would have to learn Italian.
There are many openings in Brazil for his specialization and so Juscelino feels that he can do great things for the Church. He might be called to serve on the Diocesan Tribunal helping to resolve matters of Church law. He also would like to teach in a seminary to form priests from several different dioceses. He is willing to go wherever there is a need for his services, perhaps even as part of the team (curia) of administrators of the diocese. He realizes that what he has learned at the Gregorian University can give new generations of leaders in the Church the grounding they need in canon law. His studies would not be possible without the generosity of donors to the Gregorian University scholarship fund. 
Profile by David Books, SJ

Faculty News
Msgr Stephen Rossetti
Pontifical Gregorian University Centre for Child Protection

Msgr Stephen Rossetti is currently serving as a visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University Centre for Child Protection.  For the past ten years he has also served at the Chaplain to the Washington Nationals Baseball team.  Click below to read the Washington Post's interview with him about this experience.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Reception

This month, Fr Mark Lewis SJ, the new Academic Vice Rector at the Gregorian University, joined the GUF in Baltimore at the annual US Conference of Catholic Bishops' meeting.  Fr Lewis gave updates on programs at the Greg and answered questions for bishops who have or will have seminarians or priests studying at the three Jesuit institutions in Rome.  In addition, several bishops who stopped by the GUF room shared that they are proud alumni of the Greg and the Pontifical Oriental Institute.
Fr William George SJ, GUF Senior Advisor to the President, Fr Bruce Patterson and Greg alumnus Bishop Mansour, Diocese of St Maron of Brooklyn
Fr Michael McFarland SJ, incoming GUF President, Bill Whalen, GUF Trustee and Greg alumnus Auxiliary Bishop Muggenborg, Diocese of Seattle
Greg alumnus  Bishop Emeritus Paul Loverde, Diocese of Arlington, PIO alumnus Bishop Milan Lach SJ, Byzantine Eparchy of Parma
Greg alumnus Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, Fr Mark Lewis SJ, Vice Rector, Most Reverend Michael Barbar SJ, Bishop of Oakland

Dining Among Saints

Anyone who knows me knows that ‘speechless’ is not usually a term used to describe me!

Well, you should have been next to me as we entered the Oratory of St. Francis Xavier where our catered dinner was served! I have lived here for decades and somehow missed this jewel of a church – but then there are over 450 churches in Rome!

I was speechless because we were dining in a divine location. I was speechless at the beauty and speechless that I had never been here before. Actually we were all without words!


Student News
Filipe Domingues
Pontifical Gregorian University 

With the curiosity, work ethic and love for research typical of most journalists, Filipe Domingues committed to doctoral work in a field entirely new to him and unrelated to his previous training and profession: social media consumption by young adults. 

Domingues had been working for six years as a financial reporter for O Estado de São Paulo, a large newspaper and newswire in his native Brazil, when he decided to pursue a two-year master’s degree in communications at the Pontifical Gregorian University. 


Alumni News
Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia
Pontifical Gregorian University 

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, who earned a Doctorate in Theology and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, as the new Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN. 

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

Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East
That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

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