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Pope Francis has named Rev. Nuno da Silva Gonçalves SJ as the next Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, who will succeed Rev. François-Xavier Dumortier SJ on September 1, 2016.


Fr. Gonçalves was born in Lisbon on July 16, 1958 and entered the Society of Jesus on October 12, 1975 and was ordained a priest July 12, 1986.


He holds a Licentiate in Philosophy and Letters from the Portuguese Catholic University, 1981 as well as Licentiates in Theology (1988), in Church History (1991) and a Doctorate in Ecclesiastical History (1995) all from the Gregorian University.


From 1998 to 1999, Fr. Gonçalves was Director of the National Cultural Heritage of the Church of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference.


In October 2000, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Portuguese Catholic University, a post he held until June 2005.


In October 2011 he was sent to Rome, the Pontifical Gregorian University, as a member of the teaching staff of the Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church. March 6, 2012 he was appointed director of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Church, and October 24, 2012 Dean of the Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church.


He is a member of the History of Religious Studies Center Portuguese Catholic University since 1994 and of the Portuguese Academy of History from 1996.


He has published several studies on the Portuguese missionary history and the history of the Society of Jesus, including:


/p> Os Jesuítas and Missão de Cabo Verde (1604-1642), Lisboa, Brotéria, 1996


"A dimensão Missionária do português Catholicism," in Religious História de Portugal, direcção C. de M. Azevedo, vol. III, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2002


"Jesuits in Portugal", in The Mercurian Project. Forming Jesuit Culture 1573-1580, edited by T. M. McCoog, S.J., Rome-St. Louis, Historicum Institutum Societatis Jesu-The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2004


"A Igreja and Culture", in Nova História da Expansão Portuguesa. A Colonização Atlântica, Volume 2, dir. de J. SERRÃO H. and A. de O. MARQUES, Lisboa, Editorial Presença, 2005


"Pombal and Companhia de Jesus: etapas de uma história controversial", Eborensia, 18 2005


"Habitar as fronteiras na Congregação Geral 35th by Companhia de Jesus", in Crer na fronteira. Habitar novas fronteiras. Actas VIII Semana de Estudos de Espiritualidade Inaciana, Braga, Apostolado from Oração, 2009


"The West's missionary route. The start of the Jesuits in Brazil", The Catholic Civilization, 163-III 2012


"Portugal and restauração by Companhia de Jesus", Brotéria, 179 2014






Rev. David Nazar, SJ, Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, spoke in January 2016 at Seattle University.


His talk was sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the School of Theology and Ministry.


Located in Rome, the Jesuit-run Oriental Institute draws students from all the Eastern churches-as well as Roman Catholics, Protestants and non-Christians. Two key functions of the institute, Father Nazar said, are to study the situation of the Eastern churches and to foster a greater understanding of Eastern churches among those in the West.


Father Nazar is ideally suited to this bridge-building work. Of Ukrainian origin, he was born and brought up in Canada and has the extraordinary experience of practicing faith in two different Rites, the Byzantine and the Latin, in the Catholic Church.


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Rev. Michael Paul Gallagher, SJ, a professor at the Gregorian University and former Rector of the College of St. Robert Bellarmine, was called to the house of the Father after a long and cruel illness that he had faced courageously but without illusion.


Fr. Gallagher was born in Dublin on August 26, 1939. After completing his studies at University College Dublin for a Master of Arts degree, he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus on October 8, 1961. He was ordained priest on June 23, 1972.


From 1963 to 1965 he carried out studies in literature at Oxford University and from 1965 to 1967 at Heythrop College London, obtaining his doctorate with a dissertation on "George Herbert and Renaissance Rhetoric." From 1969 to 1972 he did his theological studies at the Milltown Institute in Dublin and later enrolled at Queen's University, Belfast, earning his doctorate in theology in 1980 with a dissertation entitled "Approaches to Unbelief."


In 1991 he was called to Rome as Invited Professor in the Faculty of Theology at the Gregorian University. He became a full-time Professor of Fundamental Theology in 2000. In September 2009, he was appointed Rector of the College of St. Robert Bellarmine.


During his academic career he published numerous essays and studies, especially on the challenges that confront faith in today's culture. He authored the books: Where Is Your God (1991), What Are They Saying About Unbelief? (1995), Questions of Faith (1996), and Clashing Symbols (1997). He was in the service of the Holy See from 1990 to 1995 at the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-believers and, since 1993, at the Pontifical Council for Culture.


Known and recognized in several countries, from Ireland to the United States, from Nairobi to Melbourne, Fr. Gallagher taught at several universities around the world, including as a lecturer in Modern Literature at University College, Dublin (1967-1990) and as a guest professor at Milltown Institute in Dublin in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.


All of us who knew Fr. Gallagher will miss his faith, friendship and warm, funny disposition.






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



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

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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.



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