April 2022
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The Hope of New Life
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

As part of our just-concluded Lenten Retreat, Fr. Danny Huang, SJ, former Provincial of the Philippines and President of the Jesuit East Asia Conference, who now teaches at the Gregorian University, offered an inspiring reflection on the Resurrection. In it he quoted the famous preacher and translator Eugene Peterson, who said, “We underestimate God and we overestimate evil. We don’t see what God is doing, so we conclude that He is doing nothing. We see everything evil is doing, so we think it is in control of everything.”  It is easy to fall into that mindset, especially today, as we experience so much suffering, death, outrage and conflict from war, disease, injustice, abuse and social discord. The Easter message is an antidote to that attitude. Jesus Christ, the Son of God became fully human, confronted the full force of evil in the world and absorbed its hatred, envy and violence to the point of death. Yet by God’s power, he emerged from that battle fully alive and gloriously triumphant.  Moreover, he promised that anyone who trusted in him would share in his victory.

New Day of Giving
Please support our three institutions!
The Pontifical Gregorian University
The Pontifical Biblical Institute
The Pontifical Oriental Institute

The Day of Giving on May 4, 2022 will help fund future leaders for the Catholic faith who will serve in the Church, in our communities and beyond. Please consider making a gift online by clicking below (or call our office re a check or wire donation.)

A long-time GUF donor has given us a challenge gift!
 If we get 50 donors by the end of Giving Day, she will donate an extra $5,000 to the GUF!
GUF April Events
April 2 - Phoenix, AZ
Howard and Lisa Bell took on the Raskob Foundation $50,000 challenge grant for the Institute of Anthropology (IADC). On April 2 they hosted a wonderful gathering at their Phoenix home with Fr Hans Zollner SJ, IADC President. The Bells and their friends donated the needed funds for the IADC to receive the additional $50,000. Thank you to all!
April 22 - Washington, DC
Fr Miguel Yáñez, SJ joined the GUF at the Georgetown home of Tia and Joe Lotuff to give us a preview of the upcoming Gregorian conference on the 5th anniversary of Amoris Laetitia. The perfect end of the evening was toasting Gregorian alumna, Rebecca Cohen (STB and STL) with Fiance David Haynes one week before their wedding!  Tanti Auguri!
April 24 - New York, NY
At the Jesuits USA East Province in New York City, Gregorian alumni, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Sr Brid Long, Fr Michael Hilbert, SJ, Fr Gerry Murray and Msgr. Fredrik Hansen joined GUF Trustees and supporters for a talk with Fr Hans Zollner SJ, President of the new Institute of Anthropology: Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care (IADC) is the Pontifical Gregorian University's Safeguarding Institute.
2021 Foundation Impact Report

The Gregorian University Foundation is pleased to present the organization's 2021 Impact Report. The issue includes updates from GUF president Fr McFarland, GUF Chairman William Whelan, students and faculty. Additionally, there is a comprehensive list or our generous donors. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the report, please email
Alumni News
The Holy Father has appointed appointed Msgr. John Joseph Kennedy, currently Head of Office in the Congregation, as Secretary of the Disciplinary Section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

Monsignor Kennedy was born in Dublin (Ireland) and obtained a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. 

Pope Francis has also appointed Msgr. Armando Matteo, currently assistant Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as Secretary for the Doctrinal Section of the same Dicastery. 

Monsignor Matteo was born in Catanzaro (Italy) and holds a Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

The D'Arcy Lectures 2022 is an online 8-part lecture series delivered by James F. Keenan, SJ, exploring the theme"Preparing for the Moral Life" (free).  Fr Keenan is a Gregorian Alumnus, receiving his STL in 1984 and his STD in 1988.
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.

April Alumni Promotions

HE Msgr. Helizardo Terán Bermúdez, OSA, currently Bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana (Venezuela),
Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mérida (Venezuela)


Rev. Raimundo Possidônio Carrera da Mata, currently Vicar General of the Diocese of Bragança Do Pará and Parish Priest of Mistério da Transfiguraçao do Senhor of Belén do Pará (Brazil),
Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Bragança Do Pará (Brazil)


Rev. Simon Kim Jong-Gang, currently Administrative Director of the Korean Bishops' Conference,
Bishop of the Diocese of Cheongju (Korea)


HE Mons. Ernesto Maguengue, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Nampula (Mozambique)
Bishop of the Diocese of Inhambane (Mozambique)


HE Msgr. Pedro Manuel Salamanca Mantilla, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bogotà (Colombia),
Bishop of the Diocese of Facatativà (Colombia)


Rev. Milan Zgrablić, currently Parish Priest of the Cathedral of Poreč and Director of the Diocesan Institute for the Support of the Clergy of the same Diocese (Croatia),
Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Zadar (Croatia)

The State of the Ukrainian Catholic Church

The Pontifical Oriental Institute held a virtual conference to discuss the significance of the Russian invasion for the churches, especially the Catholic Church. Participants included: the head of the Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church, Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, the head of Caritas Ukraine, the head of Caritas Italy, and the Ukrainian Ambassador to the Holy See.
The role of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the context of the war.

International Conference

Year of the " Family Amoris laetitia "Pastoral Practices, Life Experience, and Moral Theology : Amoris Laetitia Between New Opportunities and New Paths

11-14 May, 2022

The conference aims to explore the critical issues, provocations, and ideas that emerged from the Apostolical Exhortation Amoris Laetitia of Pope Francis. It seeks to understand them in greater depth and to further explore the applications of an evolving theological-moral reflection, and its pastoral implications. 


Mass Cards
available online

The Gregorian University Foundation is pleased to offer Mass cards for the living and for the deceased. 
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Praying with the Pope in April
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for April is:
For a Health Care Workers
We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.
Reflect further on the Prayer Intention for April and unite yourself with the Pope's Prayer Network Watch the Pope's Video >>

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