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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.



Gregorian Alumnus & Professor Rev. Robert Geisinger, S.J., Named Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Fr. Geisinger was formerly Procurator General of the Society.

  Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Named Delegate of Fr. General for the Interprovincial Houses, including The Gregorian University Consortium & Foundations (From left: Fr. Sosa, Fr. General Adolfo Nicolás, former delegate, Fr. Joseph Daoust, SJ.)



Gregorian Alumnus Bishop Blase Cupich Named Archbishop Of Chicago (from AMERICA magazine)

  Gregorian Alumnus Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, receives honorary degree from Georgetown



JANE MICUCCI RAINIS, Requiescat in Pace

Jane Micucci Rainis, wife of Eugene Rainis, Chairman of the Gregorian University Foundation, passed away on Steptember 12, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 73.


Born in Jersey City, she lived in Staten Island, NY and Randolph, NJ before moving to Mendham, NJ, 40 years ago. She also maintained residences in York Harbor, ME and Palm City, FL.


Jane was an accomplished author. She was awarded a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from the College of St. Elizabeth. She received her doctorate from Drew University in 2012. She served on the Boards of Drew University and the College of St. Elizabeth. She also served on the Board of the Library Foundation of Martin County, FL. She was an active equestrienne and a competetive dressage rider. Jane was an authority on the American author Willa Cather. She presented scholary papers on Ms. Cather's works in the United States and in Europe.


She is survived by her husband Eugene Rainis, two sons; Mark Rainis (Amy) of Palm City, FL and David Rainis (Melissa) of Mendham, NJ, one daughter Ellen Rainis Peters (Rev. Michael) of the Villages, FL, one brother, Nicholas Micucci of Deal, NJ and one sister Mary Beth Micucci Savage of Maywood, NJ. She is also survived by her four cherished grandchildren, Alexandra, Victoria, Molly and Nathaniel Rainis.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 17 & 18 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. Funeral Liturgy Friday 11am at St. Joseph Church, Mendham. Interment private. (More details and directions can be found on the Bailey Funeral Homes website.)


For those desiring, donations to the Gregorian University Foundation, New York, NY or the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ in her memory, would be appreciated.

Jane and Gene Rainis
in Jerusalem on a Gregorian University Foundation trip
in November 2011



REV. JOHN F. SNYDER, S.J., Requiescat in Pace

Father John F. Snyder, S.J., former President of The Gregorian University Foundation, was called to eternal life on September 13, 2014. John died at the Fusz Pavilion infirmary of the St. Louis University Jesuit Community. He was ninety-six years old, a Jesuit for seventy-three years, and a priest for fifty-nine years.


Born in Marshall, MN on August 12, 1918, John attended grade school and high school in Marshall and graduated from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in 1940. After a year at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, he entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on August 16, 1941. John had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, Mt. St. Michaels in Spokane, WA, and St. Mary's College. He was ordained on June 16, 1955, made tertianship in Decatur, IL, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1957.


John's years as a Jesuit were full of good ministry in many places. As a young priest he studied sociology at Columbia University and taught sociology as Marquette University from 1961 to 1966. For one year he was Director of Public Relations at Marquette. For two years he served as the Wisconsin Province Director of Formation. He was Rector/President of Creighton Prep from 1970 to 1972. For the next ten years John was on the staff of the White House in St. Louis; he loved this ministry and continued to give retreats for the rest of his life. From 1983 to 1996 John served in various capacities on the Gregorian Foundation, fundraising for the Gregorian University in Rome but based in New York or St. Louis. From 1996 until his death John was a member of the St. Louis University Jesuit Community, engaged in various pastoral ministries as long as his health permitted.


John was preceded in death by his parents John P. Snyder and Mary Callaghan Snyder, his step-mother, Helen Callaghan. Snyder, his sister, Helen M. Coryn and brother-in-law Anthony E. Coryn.





Happy Feast Day to a brother Jesuit!

Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, at the Jesuit Curia in Rome. That's the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, to the pope's right.


For the complete slide show of the Pope's visit to the Curia, please click here for more details.





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.





2013 Colloquium & Papal Audience Slideshows



The Gregorian University Foundation visits the Biblical Institute,
the Oriental Institute and the Gregorian University
in Rome in October 2013

Colloquium Guests Attend the General Audience of Pope Francis
on October 30, 2013 in St. Peter's Square










La Gregoriana — Walking With The Church

The latest issue of La Gregoriana, the information journal of the Pontifical Gregorian University, is available online in English (CLICK HERE).



In this issue:



"Re-reading Trent and Vatican II" by Fr. John W. O'Malley, S.J.



"The Cry of Peace – Testimonies" by Paolo Pegoraro
The Vigil of prayer for peace called by Pope Francis on September 7, 2013
also involved our university community



"The Virtuous Circle of Theology" – Interview with Fr. Dariusz Kowalczyk, S.J.,
new Dean of the Faculty of Theology



"Facing the Challenges of a Changing World" – Interview with Fr. Lloyd Baugh, S.J., Dean of Social Sciences



Pope Francis Names New Cardinals, Including 5 From the Gregorian

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, titular bishop of Acquapendente, Vatican Secretary of State, received his degree in Canon Law at the Greg.


Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Bishop Emeritus of Regensburg, studied Theology at the Greg.


Archbishop Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, Archbishop of Managua, studied Theology at the Greg.


Archbishop Vincent Gerard Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, studied Theology at the Greg and received his Masters in Education at Loyola University of Chicago.


Archbishop Philippe Nakellentuba Oudraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso, studied at the Gregorian's School of Latin Letters.




Gregorian University Rector, Rev. François-Xavier Dumortier, S.J., Named "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur" in France



Fr. Dumortier was named Chevalier by France's Grand Chancellory. As a Chevalier, Fr. Dumortier
is now a member of the Legion of Honor, which is the highest national decoration in France.

The Legion of Honor rewards the outstanding merits of citizens in all walks of life, regardless of social, economic or hereditary backgrounds. The order of "Chevalier" is given in recognition of a career of at least 20 years filled with many acts of "eminent merit."

Congratulations to Father Rector!





Fr. Michael Paul Gallagher, S.J., presented
   "Roads Toward Faith for Today" at the University Club
   November 2012

Board of Trustees Dinners December 2012 & May 2013


The Gregorian University For a Day at Fordham University,
   Lincoln Center, February 2013 (slides at right)








   VIDEO: Students from the United States, England and Pakistan describe their spiritual journeys at the Greg

 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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