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CANADIAN JESUIT NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE GREGORIAN UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION
Rev. Alan J. Fogarty, S.J., named President of the Gregorian University Foundation
Eugene C. Rainis, Chairman of the Foundation, said: “The Board of the Gregorian University Foundation is happy to welcome Fr. Alan Fogarty as its incoming President. We're indeed fortunate to have found a Jesuit leader with excellent fundraising skills and the ability to introduce the Gregorian Consortium to new potential donors among our Canadian friends. We look forward, with the newly formed European foundation, to continue to support the Greg, the “priority among priorities” of the Jesuit apostolates.”
Fr. Fogarty is finishing his term as President of St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg and will assume his duties at the Foundation in January 2014. St. Paul's has a staff of 62 and almost 600 students. Fr. Fogarty implemented a strategic plan part of which required conceptualizing, organizing and launching a $15 million campaign.
Fr. Fogarty was presented The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Honorable Joyce Bateman PC MP at a ceremony on February 8, 2013.
“Through his tireless efforts, Fr Fogarty has made a lasting impact on St Paul's and on our entire community. I have seen firsthand the exponential and positive impact his students have had on our community as a result of his dedicated leadership,” said MP Bateman.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal honours exceptional Canadians who have made significant contributions to their communities. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
“I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious recognition. I feel truly blessed to have been a member of this community and to be able to work as a Jesuit priest in service alongside so many great individuals,” said Fr. Fogarty.
Prior to his time at St. Paul's, Fr. Fogarty was at Loyola High School in Montreal where he was Chaplain, Director of Ignatian Development and a teacher. Before that, he was at St. Paul's as Assistant to the President, Capital Campaign Manager and managed the $3 million Jesuit Legacy Capital Campaign.
Fr. Fogarty received a Bachelor of Arts at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; a Licentiate in Philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and a Master of Divinity at Regis College, University of Toronto; and a Master of Arts: University of San Francisco with a Concentration and Culminating Project: Catholic School Leadership and Administration.
He entered the Society of Jesus in August 1987 and was ordained a priest in May 1998.
Rev. Robert J. O'Toole, S.J., the current president, will remain in office until Fr. Fogarty joins the Foundation. Fr. O'Toole has served as President since 2003.
Prior to coming to the Foundation, Fr. O'Toole was Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He is also an alumnus of the Biblicum, and has a long, successful academic career teaching at St. Louis University and the Biblicum. During his academic career Fr O’Toole published four books and dozens of articles addressing numerous aspects of the Bible.
Mr. Rainis said of Fr. O'Toole: “We are saddened to bid farewell to our current President, Fr. Robert O'Toole. He has been a wonderful leader, administrator, and fundraiser. Our sadness is tempered by the thoughts of Fr. O'Toole pursuing his first love, Biblical scholarship, while enjoying his family in his hometown of St. Louis.”