October 2019
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2019 GUF Rome Colloquium

The 2019 GUF Colloquium, "Rome through the eyes of  Ignatius," started a day early with some of our group joining us for the October 5th Consistory at a packed St Peter's Basilica. 

The next day GUF President, Fr Alan Fogarty, SJ welcomed the entire group with a special Mass at a private chapel in the Pantheon. Everyone marveled at the altar's Madonna dating to 609 AD. The evening continued with a Grand Hotel de la Minerva rooftop dinner where everyone enjoyed the opportunity to talk with several Jesuit professors and administrations at our three institutions: The Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute.

The week went much too quickly as every day was filled with special opportunities including revisiting favorites as well as several new to our agenda. By the end of the trip, it was very hard for all to say arrivederci! We hope you will join us for the 2021 Colloquium!

Highlights of the trip included:

  • Meeting students at all three institutions and touring their facilities
  • Talking with Rectors and faculty to better understand their work and the needs
  • Opening of the school year Masses
  • Private tour of the Sistine Chapel and dinner at the Vatican Museum
  • Mass at the altar of St John XXIII in St Peter's
  • Meeting Pope Francis at the end of the Papal Audience
  • Rooftops visits of the Jesuit Curia and Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • Mass in the rooms of St Ignatius
  • Strolls through the Vatican Gardens and Borghese Gardens
  • Evening run to Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
  • Special lunches and dinners meeting new friends and seeing familiar faces

Trustee News
Ellen S. Shafer

Ambassador Robert Shafer GCMGOb, and Mrs. Ellen Shafer GCMGOB received awards from SMEH Fra Giacomo DallaTorre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Prince and Grand Masterat of the Order of Malta at the Magistral Palace in Rome on Friday, October 11. Ambassador Shafer was given the Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace in Obedience with Sash for his many years representing the Order of Malta at the United Nations. Mrs. Shafer was given the Grand Cross “Pro Merito Melitensi” of the Sovereign Order of Malta in recognition of her assistance to Ambassador Shafer and for her work on behalf of Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem.
From left: Fra. John T. Dunlap, Knight of Justice; Ambassador Robert L. Shafer, Knight Grand Cross in Obedience with Sash of the Sovereign Order of Malta; SMEH Fra Giacomo Dalle Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Knight of Justice; Mrs. Ellen S. Shafer, Dame Grand Cross “Pro Merito Melitensi”of the Sovereign Order of Malta;  Grand Hospitaller HE Prince and Count Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel

Student Profile
Sr. Yuliana Sri Murtini
Pontifical Gregorian University

Sr. Yuliana was born on February 18, 1982 in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia., to a Muslim family. She is a member of the congregation of the Daughters of Charity of St. Charles Borromeo which she entered in 2006.
Before entering the convent, Yuliana had been sent by her parents to Malaysia. She was indentured to work in a factory. Her decision to join a religious congregation changed her life. After her novitiate she was sent to work in an orphanage in Indonesia. She showed an aptitude for academic work and so she studied theology at the Jesuit university in Jakarta. In 2017 she was sent to the Gregorian University to obtain her licentiate (a canonical degree) in psychology and spirituality. She has now finished her course work and is doing a “practical” year as a counselor.
Sr. Yuliana will return to Indonesia at the end of the academic year. She expects that she will be assigned to the formation of young sisters. She has already spent time working with novices but believes that her work will expand to countries. Her congregation has houses of formation in Tanzania, Brazil and Viet Nam. In addition to her native language, Sister speaks English and Italian. Her studies would not be possible without the generosity of donors to the Gregorian University scholarship fund.

Alumni News
Fr Luke Hansen SJ
Pontifical Gregorian University

Fr Luke Hansen SJ is a special correspondent at the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonian Region and writes for America Magazine. 

Please click below to read some of Fr Hansen's recent articles.

Staff News
Tricia Lloyd

On September 28, the annual Investiture luncheon in Washington, DC for the Federal Association of the Sovern Military Oder of Malta brought a special surprise.  The President's Award was given to Tricia Lloyd, GUF Vice President for Advancement, for her twenty years dedication to Malta's program at St Ann's Center, founded in 1860 by the Daughters of Charity.  Since a Malta Auxiliary member in 1999, Tricia has enjoyed helping the moms and their children and became Chair three years ago.

 - In Memoriam -

Fr Francis Sullivan, born in Boston on May 21, 1922, completed his doctoral work in 1955 at the Pontifical Gregorian University and his dissertation The Christology of Theodore of Mopsuestia was published in 1956.
From 1956 until 1992 he was a professor of ecclesiology at the Greg and served as Dean from 1964 to 1970. Several prominent Catholic ecclesiologists worked with or studied under Fr Sullivan. Avery Cardinal Dulles had him on his dissertation committee. Included among his students were Fr Joseph Komonchak and Fr Richard McBrien.
In addition, In 1971, Cardinal William Levada, a former Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, who recently passed away, received his doctorate under Fr Sullivan as well.
In 1992 at the age of 70, Fr Sullivan returned to Boston College, where he previously did his bachelors and masters,to teach graduate students and was a professor of theology. Only when he turned 87 in 2009 did he finally retire from teaching. The Gregorian University Foundation is grateful for his 36 years of teaching so many students from all over the world at the Greg.  Read his obituary HERE.

Father Stephen Pisano SJ, Professor of Textual Criticism and Vice-Rector of the Institute, died on Monday, October 7, 2019, following a serious illness. His funeral homily was given by Fr. Jean-Louis Ska.

The conference "New avenues in the exegesis of the Bible in the light of the LXX" (23-24 October) will be in memory of Fr. Pisano.  Read Fr. Ska's homily HERE.

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

A Missionary "Spring" in the Church

That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary "spring" in the Church.

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