June 2022
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Apostolic Leadership
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

Next week on June 29, we celebrate the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul. We recognize them as the two pivotal figures in the establishment and spread of the Church and as model witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we celebrate their extraordinary accomplishments and their inspiring courage and devotion, though, we tend to forget that they both began in weakness and failure and that that experience was fundamental to shaping their ministry as apostles. Peter was often impetuous and misguided in his efforts to follow Jesus and betrayed the Lord at His time of greatest need, as he faced crucifixion. Paul began as the great enemy of Christ and persecutor of His followers. It was just that experience of God’s gracious mercy in embracing them in their unworthiness that brought them so close to Christ and fueled their desire to give their lives totally in His service, bringing the Good News of His saving love to all the world, especially those in need. Moreover this experience of their own shortcomings convinced them that they could not rely on their own powers, but only on God, Who was always faithful and could conquer every obstacle.

2022 Lecture Announced
For more information and to register for this free event, please click below.
Nine Gregorian Alumni to Become Cardinals in the Consistory
On May 29, Pope Francis announced that he will create 21 new Cardinals at a Consistory on August 27, 2022. They represent the Church worldwide, and reflect a wide variety of cultures, contexts and pastoral ministries. Nine of the twenty-one cardinal elects are Pontifical Gregorian University alumni. Please view the video below to see more.
Gregorian alumnus Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego is among the 21 new cardinals named by Pope Francis. To read more about Bishop McElroy and his recent appointment to the College of Cardinals, please click HERE.
June 15 Event in Santa Monica, CA
GUF Cocktails & Conversation Reception at the home of Trustee Mary Beth Woods
Scott Wendelin, Fr. Michael McFarland, SJ, and Kathleen McCarthy
GUF Trustee Mary Beth Woods, Peter Ver Halen, Maileen Phillips, Sandy Ver Halen
Fr. Michael McFarland speaks to the guests about the mission of the Foundation
Sandy Dunleavey and Sharon Polkinghorn
William Polkinghorn and John O'Keefe
Patricia Robinson and Allison and Michael Woods
News from the Greg
The Pontifical Gregorian University recently held a 3 day conference on the study of ecology. The event brought professors, politicians and religious leaders together.  Associate Professor at the Department of Moral Theology Fr. Rene Micallef talked to EWTN News Nightly about the conference.

Abuse expert: ‘Voice of Jesus’ speaks through victims

Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ, President of the Institute of Anthropology - Interdisciplinary Studies on Protection and Human Dignity (IADC), said in an interview with Crux that by ignoring the voice of the victims “we are excluding the voice of Jesus who speaks to us through them.”

June Alumni Appointments

Rev. Riccardo Lamba,
currently parish priest of San Ponziano in Rome,
Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Rome

Rev. Erik T. Pohlmeier,
currently Director of the Ongoing Formation of the Clergy, for the Permanent Deacon and Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Little Rock (USA),
Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Augustine (USA)

HE Mons. Baldassarre Reina,
of the Clergy of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Agrigento, former Rector of the Archiepiscopal Major Seminary (Italy),
Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rome

HE Msgr. Paul Fitzpatrick Russel,
former Apostolic Nuncio to Turkey, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan,
Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Detroit (USA)

Please click HERE to read more about Fr. Erik Pohlmeier, who earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Gregorian in 1997, and his recent appointment to Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Augustine, FL.

Mass Cards
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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 June
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for June is:

For families
We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.

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

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