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Rev. James McCann, S.J., has been named Senior Vice President of The Gregorian University Foundation. He will be based in New York and will work in support of the Foundation's apostolic mission of service to the Education Consortium of the Society of Jesus in Rome.


Fr. McCann is the immediate past Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, one of the institutions of the Consortium.


A native of Chicago, Father McCann is a graduate of the University of Detroit; he earned a master's degree in Russian and East European Studies at Yale University. After theological studies in Paris at Centre Sèvres - Facultés Jésuites, he completed a doctorate in Politics at Princeton University, specializing in Comparative Politics (Russia and Eastern Europe) and International Relations.


Father McCann taught in the political science departments of Loyola University Chicago and Xavier University. He has written on the politics and history of Russia and Poland as well as the relationship between Russia and the European Union.


As part of his Jesuit formation, he once worked as a pastor in Kazakhstan. From 2003 to 2010, he served as Director of Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe (including the former Soviet Union) at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



Canadian Jesuit Rev. David Nazar, S.J., has been named rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the premier centre for the study of Eastern Christianity and one of the institutions of the Education Consortium of the Society of Jesus in Rome.


Fr. Nazar is currently serving as superior of the Jesuits in Ukraine and is a former provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada Province.


Fr. Nazar said, "I gladly accept this appointment. This is important work for the good of the Church and, in particular, for the Oriental Churches. Today we have conflicts in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, and military action in Ukraine. The Church should rethink its mission in these countries and the Pontifical Oriental Institute, as an important institution, is an important element in this process."


Fr. Nazar was born to a family of Ukrainian immigrants in Canada. There, he had the unique experience of practicing faith in two different rites, the Byzantine and the Latin, in the Catholic Church. This experience became an aid for his later ministry, when former Jesuit Superior General, Rev. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, invited him to establish the Jesuit District in Ukraine.


Besides being the superior in Ukraine, he was also involved in the Jesuit Refugee Service in the country.






Dear Partners in Mission,


Thank you for your open and generous hearts—you are partnering with us to help our students who are most in need of financial assistance. Many of them would not be able to complete their advanced degrees if it were not for you. It is your magnanimous hearts overflowing with love for Christ and the universal Church that lead us closer to these up and coming scholars, the future leaders of the Church.


I want to report that as we become increasingly aware of how great the needs of our students really are, we come to know that many lack funding for basic necessities. We are proud that, compared to North American universities, tuition at all Consortium schools is low. We charge an astoundingly efficient and heavily subsidized annual tuition of approximately $4,500 U.S. dollars—but that low tuition still severely challenges large numbers of our students, most of who come from countries with few economic resources.


In addition, many of our scholars are challenged by the cost of living in Rome. The Consortium provides no dormitories and many of our students, especially those from emerging economies, need assistance that goes beyond the actual costs of instruction. As a result, we are launching the Adopt a Scholar Program, a new and more realistic way to support our students. In the spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Founder of the Gregorian University, we ask you to consider adopting a Consortium scholar. The cost to you would be $10,000 per student, per year. This will cover the student's tuition and provide a foundation of support for the student's living expenses. Gifts in this program can have great impact and indeed be life-changing for our students in need.


May you find it in your heart to continue and even increase your generous support of The Gregorian University Consortium and our student scholars. Given that the Superior General and the Holy Father have designated all three institutions collectively as one of the most important apostolates in the world for the Society of Jesus, it is easy to imagine how your gift could have a tremendous effect on the universal Church and its future.


Rev. Alan J. Fogarty, SJ






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 — the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute — 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.


Mass daily at wonderful locations: Church of the Gesù, St. Ignatius' private quarters and the Altar of the Tomb of St. John XXIII


Receptions with Church and Jesuit Leaders: The Rectors of our three institutions, Father General and Father Delegate of the Society of Jesus and the weekly Papal Audience


Special Attractions: Private tour of the Sistine Chapel, reception at the Palazzo Ferrajoli and a reception with the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See


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."


For more, please click here.




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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