December 2019
Gregorian University Foundation

21 Devember
Feast of St. Peter Canisius SJ

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Pontifical Gregorian University

Alumni News
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano
Pontifical Gregorian University

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is the new chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services following his appointment by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

10 December Event in New York

Xavier High School students performed for the GUF Annual Donor Appreciation Dinner on December 10th at the New York Athletic Club.
Xavier High School students with GUF Trustees Steve Vincent, outgoing Chairman Gene Rainis and Tom Keaveney.
Bill Whelan was elected new GUF Board Chairman and one of his first duties was presenting outgoing Chair Gene Rainis with the Grant Award for his long service and philanthropy to the GUF.
New GUF Chairman Bill Whelan presented outgoing GUF President, Fr Alan Fogarty, SJ, with a replica of an icon from the Pantheon in Rome.

Congratulations to the Pontifical North American College (NAC),
America's seminary in Rome,
on their 160th Anniversary

Gregorian University professors join their students at NAC for the celebration on 8 December
Gregorian University professors:  Fr Gerry Whelan SJ (Theology), Donna Orsuto (Spirituality), Fr James Corkery SJ (Theology),  Fr Robert Geisinger SJ (Cannon Law) , and Fr Philipp Renczes SJ (Dean of Theology)

Student Profile
Nataliia Tsymbalista
Pontifical Gregorian University

Nataliia was born on March 15, 1995 in the city of Lviv in Ukraine. The city was inside Russia before World War I and then became part of Poland. It reverted to the Soviet Union after World War II and in the 1990’s it became part of an independent Ukraine. The city has a diverse cultural and religious heritage. Nataliia belongs to the Byzantine Catholic Church. She obtained a bachelor’s and M. A. degree at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.

Nataliia first came to Rome on an exchange program while working on the master’s degree. She then decided to remain to study at the Gregorian University.   

She is now in the second year of a Licentiate program with a concentration in dogmatic theology. She is preparing a thesis connecting the Western theology of Henri De Lubac and the Eastern theology of S. Bofgakov in their writings concerning divine grace. She says that the course work at the Greg fits her specialization better than at the Pontifical Oriental Institute and she is very enthusiastic about it.

While she considers her time at the Gregorian to be blessed, it is also a time of discernment about how she will use what she has learned and experienced. She plans to return to the Ukraine and somehow connect her interests in psychology and social work to the theological education of others. Nataliia speaks English and Italian in addition to her native Ukrainian. She sees herself as bridging several different worlds in order to bring the light of the Gospel to all of them. Her studies would not be possible without the generosity of donors to the Gregorian University scholarship fund.

Profile by David Books, SJ

Alumni Gathering

Last month Fr Mark Lewis SJ, new Vice Rector for the Gregorian University met with US Bishops during their annual meeting in Baltimore and answered questions about the institution. He also joined us in Washington for a local  alumni gathering hosted by our staff at Wolfington Hall, the Jesuit residence at Georgetown University.  
Alumni had the opportunity to ask questions about upcoming plans at the Greg as well as share their experiences over the groups' various decades as students. We hope to make this an annual tradition.

In photo l to r:  Fr Nick Colalella, Fr Anthony Lickteig, Fr Mark Lewis SJ, Fr Kevin Regan, Fr Nicholas Barnes, Fr Aaron Qureshi, Fr Robert Boxie, Msgr Peter Vaghi, Fr Bill George SJ, and Fr Gregory Butta.

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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Just click HERE to select the Gregorian University Foundation as your charity of choice.
Praying with the Pope in December
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for December is: 

The Future of the Very Young
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

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

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