2022 Lenten Retreat


Deepening our Friendship with Christ:
A Lenten Retreat Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Gregorian University Foundation is pleased to again offer you an opportunity to deepen your Lenten prayer and draw closer to Jesus Christ through an online Lenten retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Retreat directors from the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Pontifical Oriental Institute, have assembled a team of experts in Jesuit spirituality and prayer to provide participants with a rich and meaningful prayer experience.

Show Bios of Presenters


Rev. Rolphy Pinto, SJ has been a Jesuit since 1992, when he joined the Gujarat Jesuit Province.   With a doctorate in spiritual theology and a special interest in Ignatian Spirituality, he has taught at the Gregorian since 2010.  He has coordinated the university’s Exercises in Daily Life program since 2019; he also served as interim university chaplain 2019-2020.




After completing six years as dean of the faculty of philosophy, Rev. Louis Caruana, SJ enjoyed a semester sabbatical at Fordham University (not far from his birthplace!), before returning recently to Rome.  He is a Maltese member of the Euro-Mediterranean Province who was ordained in 1991.



Rev. Anthony P. SooHoo, SJ is from New York City and a graduate of the University of Chicago. As a Jesuit, he studied philosophy at Fordham University and theology at Boston College. Currently, he teaches in the Faculty of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, where he helps students understand the historical, cultural, and religious contexts that influenced the creation and transmission of the Bible.




Rev. Jim Grummer, SJ is the superior of the Gregorian University Jesuit community and director of the Centro di Spiritualità Ignaziana.  After teaching history at Creighton University and working as Socius and Provincial of the Wisconsin Province, he came to Rome in 2005 to serve Fathers Kolvenbach and Nicolás as US Assistant and General Counselor.



Rev. Ferenc Patsch, SJ is an associate professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1994. His previous affiliations include the Hekima College in Nairobi, the Faludi Academy in Budapest, the Catholic University of Budapest, the Theological College of Bratislava in Slovakia and the Sapientia College of Theology in Budapest. He received a master’s degree in theology from the University of Budapest (1994) and a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1996).




Rev. Joseph P. Riordan, SJ is a professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He received a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity/Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Jesuit School of Theology (GTU), a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a PhD in Theology, Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Notre Dame. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 2009.



Rev. David Nazar, SJ, rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, is a Canadian Jesuit born to a family of Ukrainian origin. He is the former superior of Jesuits in Ukraine and former Provincial of the Jesuits in the English Canada Province. After ordination in 1983, he went on to doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa.



Rev. Franco Imoda, SJ is an Italian Jesuit priest, who served as rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University 1998 to 2004. Before his appointment as the rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, he was a professor in the Institute of Psychology of that university since 1971. He studied philosophy at Vals-près-le-Puy in France, and theology at Chieri, near Turin. He obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Chicago.





The current director of the Gregorian’s Institute of Spirituality is Fr. Pavulraj Michael, a member of the Madurai Province since 1984.  With advanced degrees in chemistry, philosophy, and theology, he completed a degree at the University of Comillas in Madrid and served as the novice director of his province before completing his doctorate and joining the faculty of the Gregorian.  He specializes in areas such as the theology of consecrated life and Ignatian Leadership.




The current chaplain of the university is Fr. Stefano Del Bove, a native of Rome who entered the Jesuits in 1994.  After his ordination in 2004, Stefano studied at Fordham University, which awarded him a doctorate in 2008.   He worked for Loyola University Chicago and the State University of Trieste before joining the faculty of Social Science in 2019, where he has coordinated the program for the diploma in leadership and management.




Rev. Peter Gadalla, SJ, began to discern his vocation to the Society of Jesus while designing propulsion plants for the US Navy. He was born in Houston and raised in both Cairo, Egypt, and Destin, Fla. After graduating from St. George College in Cairo, he studied mechanical engineering in Mobile, Ala.  He earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University and  completed his theological studies at Regis College at the University of Toronto.



Rev. Daniel Patrick Huang, SJ is a Jesuit priest and professor in the Faculty of Missiology of the Pontifical Gregorian University. He obtained both his Licentiate (1992) and his Doctorate (1996) in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University in America. In 2016, Pope Francis appointed him a Consultor for the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Vatican.

We invite you to participate in this guided retreat extended over the six full weeks of Lent. There will be two talks per week with reflections based on themes from the Exercises and related Scripture, along with suggestions on how to pray over them. Please see the schedule below. The talks will be posted each Sunday and Wednesday and will be available for viewing whenever is convenient.  For those who are interested, there will also be opportunities for faith-sharing in small groups online:

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm EST with Fr. Bill George SJ
Saturdays at 3:00 pm EST – Fr. Michael McFarland SJ


The retreat is complimentary and open to anyone who is interested.  However, we ask that you register below or by sending an email to Colleen Mudlaff (executivedirector@gregorianfoundation.org).  For additional information, feel free to email or call Colleen Mudlaff (202-320-9788) or Michael McFarland, SJ (508-981-3513, mmcfarland@gregorianfoundation.org).

Retreat Schedule

Week Date Themes Presenter Link to view video
1 3/06 Introduction: [1], [48] Rev. Rolphy Pinto SJ view 3/6 video
3/09 First Principle [22] Rev. Louis Caruana SJ view 3/9 video
2 3/13 Presupposition [23] Rev. Anthony SooHoo SJ view 3/13 video
3/16 Examen [42] Rev. Jim Grummer SJ view 3/16 video
3 3/20 Christian Perspective on Sin [45—54] Rev. Ferenc Patsch SJ view 3/20 video
3/23 Call of the King [91-98] Rev. Joe Riordan SJ view 3/23 video
4 3/27 Incarnation [101-109] Rev. David Nazar SJ view 3/27 video
3/30 Nativity [110-117] Rev. Franco Imoda SJ view 3/30 video
5 4/03 Two Standards [140-148] Rev. Pavulraj Michael SJ view 4/3 video
4/06 Holy Thursday [289] Rev. Stefano Del Bove SJ view 4/6 video
6 4/10 Good Friday [297] Rev. Peter Gadalla SJ view 4/10 video
4/13 Resurrection [303] Rev. Danny Huang SJ view 4/13 video