July 2022
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The Ignatian Year: Conversion
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

Last month, Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ, the founder and President of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity & Care at the Gregorian University dedicated to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults (formerly the Center for Child Protection), addressed a group of supporters gathered at the Georgetown Jesuit Community. He talked about the difference between those institutions, including dioceses, that had dealt successfully with the abuse crisis and those who had failed and were still mired in scandal. The successful ones had followed the basic structure of confession. They had done an honest and thorough examination of conscience, confessed their faults, shown genuine sorrow for their failings and pursued some form of reparations to help mitigate the damage done. That allowed them to get past the crisis and move forward. The others, those who had failed, were not willing to look honestly at their own attitudes and behavior that contributed to the crisis. They rather clung to their image of innocence and purity, unable to acknowledge the truth of their human failings. That left them stuck in a status quo that had become untenable.

This is an important lesson for all of us as we close out the Ignatian Year on July 31, the Feast of St. Ignatius. This commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius has called us to our own conversion with the theme “To see all things new in Christ.”

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Online course taught by Gregorian University Alumnus, Rafael Luciani, shows synodality is about the church breaking old, bad habits

Even though it's not a new concept in church history, synodality is a new term for most Catholics, even those who have important roles in the Catholic Church. But help is on the way.

Recently, a massive online course on synodality has begun: led by Rafael Luciani, a Venezuelan layman and professor at both the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. The title of the course is "Common discernment and decision making in a Synodal Church" and it is hosted on Boston College's website.

June 30 Event in Washington, DC
Fr Hans Zollner, SJ, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity & Care, gave an update on his work at the Gregorian Univeristy to guests at Wolfington Hall, the Jesuit residence at Georgetown University.
Fr Michael McFarland, SJ, thanking Fr Hans Zollner, SJ
Greg alumnus Msgr Peter Vaghi with Fr Hans Zollner, SJ
Msgr Stephen Rossetti & Fr Hans Zollner SJ
Greg alumni Fr Robert Boxie & Msgr Joseph Ranieri 
News from the Greg
In Memoriam
On 28 June 2022, Prof. Eleonora Barbieri Masini passed away in Rome. Born in Los Amates (Guatemala) on 19 November 1928, Prof. Masini graduated in law and sociology from the State University of Rome. Her studies have focused on social changes and their possible and probable evolution in the medium- and long-term future. In particular, she has tried to identify what the future holds for education and the family, focusing her attention on women as builders of alternative futures in different countries and cultures. Read more HERE.
Fr Mark Cassidy, who received a Licentiate in Biblical Theology from the Gregorian University in 1988, was appointed the next Rector of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome in succession to Fr Dan Fitzpatrick. The appointment was made, following the recommendation of the Bishops Conference of Scotland.
Read more HERE.
The Institute of Anthropology (IADC) inaugurated its new offices at Villa Malta. The Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, blessed the new workspace in the presence of staff, teachers, members of the Villa Malta Jesuit community, and the Institute Director, Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ. Read more HERE.

July Alumni Appointments

HE Mons. Giuseppe Andrea Salvatore Baturi, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cagliari (Italy),
Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference

Archbishop Philippe Curbelié,
currently Head of Office in the Department for Culture and Education,
Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith

Rev. Marcos José dos Santos,
currently parish priest of Nossa Senhora das Graças in Centenário do Sul-Pr (Brazil),
Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cascavel (Brazil)

HE Msgr. Bruno Valentin,
currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Versailles (France),
Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Carcassonne and Narbonne (France)

Rev. Don Dario Vitali,
Full Professor of the Faculty of Theology,
Consultor of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Dr. Maria Lia Zervino,
President of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations,
Member of the Dicastery for Bishops

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

For the Elderly
We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.

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

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