Gregorian University Foundation






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 140 countries around the world.


On Monday, 26 October, we hope to meet with a Gregorian University alumnus to hear his reflections on the
just-concluded Synod on the Family.


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,
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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.




Pope's Letter of Condolences for Death of Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, S.J., Former Rector of the Gregorian University Foundation

VATICAN CITY, December 29, 2014 ( - Below is a translation of the telegram of condolences sent to the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, on the occasion of the death of Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, S.J., former Rector of the Gregorian University and former Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Rev. Alan J. Fogarty, S.J., President of the Gregorian University Foundation said, "We join Pope Francis in giving thanks to the Lord for Archbishop Pittau's many years of exemplary service to the Church, the Society and the Gregorian University."




Most Reverend Father
Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon
Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Borgo Santo Spirito 4 00193, ROME


Most Reverend Father,


Having learned of the death of His Excellency, Monsignor Giuseppe Pittau, I wish to express my sincere condolences to you, to fellow Jesuit brothers and to all those who mourn the death of this exemplary minister of God who lived for the cause of the Gospel. Recalling his generous missionary apostolate in Japan, where he ended his earthly life, I give thanks to the Lord for the service he rendered the Apostolic See, as secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and for his commitment as rector of the Gregorian University in Rome, as well as his dedication to the Society of Jesus. I entrust his soul to the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary and, in the light of the Resurrection of Christ, I send my comforting Apostolic blessing.


Franciscus P.P.


Archbishop Pittau's obituary from the Jesuit Curia.



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.



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.)



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



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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