July 2021
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July Reflection
Jesuit Education: From and For the Heart  
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

June 21 is the feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who as a young Jesuit studying at the Roman College (now the Gregorian University) during an outbreak of the plague in Rome, was moved to go out and minister to the sick and dying, from whom he contracted the deadly disease himself and died at age 23.  This year’s feast of St. Aloysius was especially notable for us at the Gregorian University Foundation, because it was the occasion of our inaugural Distinguished Lecture, given by one of our own, Rev. James Keenan, SJ.  Fr. Keenan received his Licentiate and Doctorate in Moral Theology at the Gregorian University and is now the Canisius Chair and Director of the Jesuit Institute at Boston College, as well as its Vice-Provost for Global Engagement.  He is one of the most respected and influential Catholic moral theologians in the world, having authored or edited 25 books and published more than 400 articles, essays and reviews.  He was also responsible for organizing and chairing international conferences on important moral issues at Padua (2006), Trento (2010) and Sarajevo (2018).  Even with his wide range of activities and commitments throughout the world, he has maintained his relationship with the Gregorian, returning there on a regular basis to teach and work with students and faculty.


Solemnity of St Ignatius of Loyola
31 July 2021

31 July 2021
Mass will be celebrated in Rome at the Church of the Gesù
by Fr James Grummer SJ
Director of the Ignatian SpIritual Center at the Pontifical Gregorian University

and in Inigoes, Maryland, at St Ignatius Church by Fr William George SJ
Senior Advisor to the President, GUF

In Gratitude for all Benefactors of the Gregorian University Foundation

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. 

In cased you missed it...

Watch the Inaugural Distinguished Lecture presented by Fr. James Keenan, SJ – Pontifical Gregorian University Alumnus and Vice Provost for Global Engagement, Canisius Professor and Director of The Jesuit Institute at Boston College.

Alumni Promotions

HE Mons. Andrej Saje, currently Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ljubljana and Professor of Canon Law at the Faculty of Theology of the homonymous city (Slovenia),
Bishop of the Diocese of Nuovo Mesto (Slovenia)


HE Mons. Cleocir Bonetti, currently Vicar General of the Diocese of Erexim (Brazil)
Bishop of the Diocese of Caçador (Brazil)


HE Msgr. Edgardo Fabían Antúnez-Percíncula Kaendel, SJ, currently Rector of the Sagrado Corazón College of Montevideo (Uruguay),
Bishop of the Diocese of San José de Mayo (Uruguay)


Rev. Fernando García Cadiñanos, currently Vicar General of the Diocese of Burgos (Spain),
Bishop of the Diocese of Mondoñedo-Ferrol (Spain)


HE Mons. Vitus Rubianto Solichin, SX, currently Lecturer in the Major Seminary and Rector of the Philosophical Scholasticate of Jakarta (Indonesia),
Bishop of the Diocese of Padang (Indonesia)


HE Mons. Anthony Pascal Rebello, SVD, currently parish priest of the Holy Cross Parish in Mogoditshane (Botswana),
Bishop of the Diocese of Francistown (Botswana)


HE Msgr. Theodoros Kontidis, SJ, currently parish priest of Sant'Andrea Apostolo in Patras (Greece),
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Athens and Apostolic Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of Rhodes (Greece)


HE Msgr. José Trinidad Fernández Angulo, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Caracas (Venezuela),
Bishop of the Diocese of Trujillo (Venezuela)


Rev. José Antonio Satué Huerto, hitherto Official of the Congregation for the Clergy,
Bishop of the Diocese of Teruel y Albarracín (Spain)

Alumni Profile
Fr Cesar Izquierdo

Serving God’s People: From San Potosí to Rome to Yakima

Interview with Fr Cesar Izquierdo, from the Diocese of Yakima who received his STL in 2020 from the Gregorian University 

By Brigid M. McGroarty  


- In Memoriam -
Rev. James L. Connor, SJ

Rev. James L. Connor, SJ, passed away on Monday, June 21, 2021 at Manresa Hall Jesuit Community in his hometown of Philadelphia. He was 92.

Fr. Connor was born in Philadelphia on May 21, 1929. He attended St. Joseph’s Prep and entered the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa., in 1946. He received his Master’s in the Classics from West Baden College in Indiana and went on to study Theology at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, and Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.


Alumni News

Monsignor Fredrik Hansen
Pontifical Gregorian University

Monsignor Fredrik Hansen, Chargé d'Affaires ad interim of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN, addressed the 2021 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on the topic of "SDGs in focus: how do we get on track to end poverty and hunger, and transform towards inclusive and sustainable economies."
Fr Roger Landry
Pontifical Gregorian University

Read Fr Roger Landry's article, Pope Francis establishes first Worldwide Day of Grandparents and the Elderly; will be celebrated July 25.  Fr. Landry is an attaché at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN.  He is a priest from the Diocese of Fall River and received his STB from the Gregorian University in 1998. 

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

Social Friendship

We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.

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