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Gregorian University for a Day, Saturday June 20 2015 at Fordham Lincoln Center

Gregorian University for a Day

June 20, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fordham University, Lincoln Center


Join us for a glimpse of life as a student at the Jesuit Pontifical Gregorian University at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus.


You will experience the flavor of Rome's lecture halls right here in Manhattan as international and renowned experts bring a wide range of experience and knowledge as either professors who teach in one or more of the three institutions that form the Gregorian University Consortium or as professionals directly serving Pope Francis.


Fr. Tom Rosica

Rev. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.

“All in the Family: The Journey from Synod to Synod”




Dr. Donna L. Orsuto

Dr. Donna L. Orsuto

“Practical Wisdom for Tough Times:
  RevisitingTeresa of Avila's Book of Her Foundations”



Rev. Philipp G. Renczes, S.J.

“Not Just the Old Testament —
  the Current State of Jewish-Christian Dialogue”



Mr. Danny Casey

“Managing Church Resources —
  Being Businesslike but not Being a Business”




For more information about the Gregorian University for a Day, or to Register, please click here.





October 25 through 31, 2015


Our annual Colloquium in Rome is a chance to enjoy good company, to engage in dialogue about the Catholic Church and to meet some of its present and future
leaders: the students who come to the Gregorian University Consortium from more than 150 countries around the world.


You will see Rome from a unique perspective — at the heart of the Catholic Church
and the Society of Jesus. We will share the adventure of Jesuit Rome and the excellence of the Gregorian University Consortium with academic, spiritual, social
and cultural opportunities in the company of our friends.


For more information and to register for this trip, please click here.





Vatican City, March 11 — Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin gave a Lectio Magistralis at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, during the "Dies Academicus,"
the annual study day dedicated to a theme that the different departments of the university analyse from the perspectives of various fields of study (theology,
philosophy, history, culture, canon law, social sciences, missiology, psychology, spirituality, etc). This year's theme was "Peace: gift of God, human responsibility, Christian commitment". The title of the Secretary of State's Lectio Magistralis was
"The diplomatic activity of the Holy See in the service of peace".


"The diplomatic activity of the Holy See is not content to observe events or evaluate their importance; nor can it remain merely a critical voice", affirmed Cardinal Parolin.
He continued, ". . . The Holy See works . . . to sustain an idea of peace as the fruit of just relations, of respect for international law, of the protection of fundamental human rights beginning with those of the least among us, the most vulnerable."


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Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years, died on March 5, 2015 in Manhattan. He was 82.


Along with his elevation to the College of Cardinals in 2001, his appointment by Pope John Paul II to lead the Archdiocese of New York - to many the most prominent Catholic pulpit in the nation - crowned a career of more than five decades in his church. Nearly half of it was spent in Rome as a student, teacher, canon lawyer and ecclesiastical judge, and much of the rest in the senior ranks of the church in America.


As archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009 - spiritual head of a realm of 2.7 million parishioners, an archipelago of 368 parishes and a majestic seat at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan - Cardinal Egan was one of America's most visible Catholic leaders, invoking prayers for justice when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, and escorting Pope Benedict XVI on his historic visit to the city in April 2008.


Cardinal Egan's successor, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, said in a statement that Cardinal Egan "had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch" in his home at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.







The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the former president of the University of Notre Dame and an alumnus of the Gregorian University, died on February 26, 2015. He was 97.


As an adviser to presidents, special envoy to popes, theologian, author, educator and activist, Father Hesburgh was considered the most influential priest in America for decades. In 1986, when he retired after a record 35 years as president of Notre Dame, a survey of 485 university presidents named him the most effective college president in the country.


"In his historic service to the nation, the church and the world, he was a steadfast champion for human rights, the cause of peace and care for the poor," the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, said in a statement. "Perhaps his greatest influence, though, was on the lives of generations of Notre Dame students, whom he taught, counseled and befriended."


Father Hesburgh held more than a dozen White House appointments under six presidents. For years, he was chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights and of the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy.


He was ordained at Notre Dame in 1943, when he was 26. After taking his vows, Father Hesburgh asked to be assigned to an aircraft carrier as a chaplain. Instead, his superiors ordered him to remain on the Notre Dame campus to help teach naval officers who were being sent there for wartime training. He remained at Notre Dame throughout the war and served as chaplain to returning veterans.


Father Hesburgh initially resisted going into administration at Notre Dame, preferring to stay in the classroom. But he was made vice president and assistant to the Notre Dame president, the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh. In 1952, at age 35, he took over as president.


At the time, Notre Dame was a small university regarded as strong in football and weak in just about everything else but theology. Father Hesburgh set out to build up the faculty, upgrade the academic standards and increase the size of the school, which admitted women for the first time in 1972. He became an effective fund-raiser, inheriting a $9 million endowment and increasing it to $350 million. Today, Notre Dame has one of the largest endowments in the nation, exceeding $9 billion.


- Adapted from The New York Times


Theodore Hesburgh






Fr. Becker, SJ, (as he preferred to be known even after his elevation to the Cardinalate in 2012) was for more than four decades missioned to the Pontifical Gregorian University, serving actively as Professor of Dogmatic Theology from 1969-2003, and then for a dozen years as Professor-emeritus.


Cardinal Becker is remembered as a teacher, who happily shared his prodigious intellectual gifts and erudition with students and fellow professors in a spirit of humility and selfless generosity.


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Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed "in hatred of the faith."


Archbishop Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass.


The Archbishop was an alumnus of the Gregorian University, having received a Licentiate in Theology there.


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Fr. Tom Casey SJ shares the story of a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau: Fr. Antoni Mruk, SJ.


Fr. Mruk taught Moral Theology at the Gregorian University, and was a confessor to Pope John II.


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Nine of Twenty New Cardinals From the Gregorian University Consortium


Pope Francis named twenty new cardinals who received their red hats on February 14th. The new cardinals come from 14 nations and five Continents, making them a highly diverse group.


His Excellency Msgr. Dominique Mamberti
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Studied Canon Law at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. José Manuel Macário do Nascimento Clemente
Patriarch of Lisbon
Studied Church History at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, C.M.
Archbishop of Addis Abeba (Ethiopia)
Received his doctorate in Sociology at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Ricardo Blázquez Pérez
Archishop of Valladolid (Spain)
Received his doctorate in Theology at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Karl-Joseph Rauber
Titular Archbishop of Giubalziana (Tunisia), Apostolic Nuncio
Received his doctorate in Canon Law at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Alberto Suárez Inda
Arcbishop of Morelia (Mexico)
Received his licentiate in Philosophy at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Kriengsak Kovitvanit
Archbishop of Bangkok
Studied Spirituality at the Gregorian University.


His Excellency Msgr. Arlindo Gomes Furtado
Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)
Received his licentiate in Sacred Scriptures at the Biblical Institute.


His Excellency Msgr. Luis Héctor Villalba
Received licentiates in Theology and Ecclesiastical History at the Gregorian University.




The Gregorian University Foundation Honors Peggy Hassett
With The 2014 William R. Grant Award

The Board of Trustees of The Gregorian University Foundation honored Margaret Brennan Hassett with the 2014 William R. Grant Award for Exceptionally Generous Leadership. Read More

2014 Grant Award Honoree Peggy Hassett (center),
with her husband John Kehoe to her right,
and Gregorian University President Rev. Alan Fogarty, S.J.



Pope Francis Celebrates Special Liturgy To Mark the 200th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus

Click on the picture or headline above to read the Pope's homily and see more photos of this special liturgy.



The Gregorian University Consortium Special Papal Audience on April 10, 2014

Rev. Alan J. Fogarty, S.J., President of the Foundation and Trustees William Frank, Peggy Hassett,
Dr. Charles Peter, and Ellen Shafer attended Pope Francis' Special Audience for the entire community
of the Gregorian University Consortium. Please click here for the Pope's remarks.



 VIDEO: At the Service of the Universal Church
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Video Produced By:
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Communications
at the Gregorian University
Centre Director: Rev. Augustine Savarimuthu, S.J.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4, Movement 2
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 2, Movement 1
Performed by The Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City
Pianist & Conductor: Justin Bischof



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