On August 6th, we lost our treasured friend and colleague, Elena Bartoli. She touched many lives in her many years of service at the Jesuit Curia and the Gregorian University Foundation where she was instrumental in planning many beautiful Colloquia. She will be sorely missed for her elegance, her sharp wit, and her attention to detail.
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I still remember fondly my times at the PUG (1988-1990, 1993-1997,) especially my encounters with Elena Bartoli, who passed away a few weeks ago. I'm so glad I was able to see her back in 2017 when I was a pilgrimage chaplain and I could peel off our group for two hours to see her, Signora Grazia, and Padre Nuno. She will be greatly missed by all her old clients of the Jesuit Guest Bureau. - Fr. Robert Hurd SJ
Elena Bartoli had a decades-long affectionate working relationship with the Society of Jesus. When she completed her time at the Jesuit Curia tourist office, Elena joined the Gregorian University Foundation. With many years of making things happen in Rome, Elena had an address book that would be the envy of many: personal contacts whom she could call upon to help the Foundation make arrangements for the many groups that visited the city to become acquainted with the Gregorian University and the Biblical and Oriental Institutes. Her careful attention to detail made the Colloquia seem easily managed. She is now with her close Jesuit friends Fr Vinnie O'Keefe and former Superior General of the Society, Fr Pedro Arrupe, now on the road to sainthood. May she rest peacefully in the loving embrace of our Lord.
- Fr Alan Fogarty, SJ former GUF President
Signora Elena Bartoli was certainly a modern Renaissance woman. She was the commanding presence in the Jesuit Guest Office on Borgo Santo Spiritu in Rome when I met her in the mid-1990s, knowing answers to every question about Rome and the Jesuits. In addition to our collaboration for many colloquia, Elena helped three generations of Shafers over the years with unique itineraries to hidden spots: churches; exhibits; opera performances; always with excellent guides. Elegant and unflappable, Elena was a warm and generous friend. Our visits to Rome will not be the same without her contralto-voiced welcome. - Ellen Shafer
Elena was a most dedicated and beloved friend of the Greg and all it stands for. - Tom Keaveney