August 2021
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August Reflection
Walking with the Pilgrim Ignatius

Michael C. McFarland, SJ

The Feast of St. Ignatius was a very special one this year, because it occurred as part of the observance of the Ignatian Year. The focus has been on Ignatius’ conversion, which began 500 years ago when he was wounded in battle at Pamplona. As has often been pointed out, that traumatic event and the year-long recovery that followed were just the beginning of a journey that lasted for the rest of his life. 


- In Memoriam -
Elena Bartoli
May She Rest in Peace

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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Famiglia Bartoli
Viale Lombardia, 94
20131 Milano

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
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Fr. Michael C. McFarland, SJ
President, Gregorian University Foundation

Fr. Peter Heasley
St Michael The Archangel, The Bronx
Pontifical Gregorian University, STB 2012, STL 2014, STD 2019

Fr. Michael Hilbert, SJ
St. Ignatius Parish, NYC
Pontifical Gregorian University, STB 1983, JCL 1985, JCD 1989
Former Dean of Canon Law at the Gregorian

Fr. Cesar Jaramillo
St Peter The Apostle, Parsippany, NJ
Pontifical Gregorian University, STB 2016, JCL 2019

Fr. Ryan Muldoon
St. Patrick's Church, Yorktown Heights
Pontifical Gregorian University, STB 2018 

Marissa and Richard Blackett
Marilyn and Bill Frank
Maureen Fullam
Margaret Brennan Hassett
Fr. Michael Hilbert, SJ
Ellen and Bob Shafer
George Spera
Susan and Bill Whelan

Biblicum Alumnus Reflects From Retirement
Anthony Tambasco


I was never a Jesuit, but I owe a lifetime career and a rich, biblical spirituality to the Society of Jesus—especially to the international flagship and first of the Jesuit universities, the Gregorian with its Biblical Institute and its Oriental Institute.   When I had finished seminary training, the religious community for which I was ordained sent me for advanced studies in theology.  It was just after the Second Vatican Council and its call for biblical renewal.  At that time the Biblicum was THE school for graduate biblical studies, so I went to earn a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture.  I recall vividly having to walk past the famous Trevi Fountain (“Three Coins in a Fountain”) on the way to class every day to learn from the Jesuit professors who pioneered all the scholarship that led to the Vatican Council’s document on Dei Verbum (The Word of God).  

Biblicum Alumnus in the News
A conversation with David Neuhaus, SJ

Fr. David Neuhaus, SJ, the superior of the Jesuit community in the Holy Land, has taught Scripture at Bethlehem University and at the seminary of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. He was the vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics of the patriarchate from 2009 to 2017, and served as its coordinator of pastoral care for migrants and asylum seekers. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in political science from Hebrew University, his licentiate in theology from Centre Sèvres in Paris, and his licentiate in sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. The author of more than a dozen books and countless articles, Neuhaus is a frequent commentator on social and political issues facing present-day Israelis and Palestinians.


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

The Church

Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

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