Fr. Giulietti to Succeed Fr. Gray As Director of BC's Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Fr. Giulietti to Succeed Fr. Gray As Director of BC's Center for Ignatian Spirituality

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

With a goal of expanding Boston College's role as a leader among the world's Jesuit colleges and universities, Rev. Julio Giulietti, SJ, will become director of the University's Center for Ignatian Spirituality on July 1.

Fr. Giulietti, director of Georgetown University's Center for Intercultural Education and Development for the past nine years, will succeed Rev. Howard J. Gray, SJ, who will become rector of the Jesuit community at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

This will be Fr. Giulietti's second assignment at Boston College. He taught theology at the University from 1982 through 1990 and helped to develop the Boston College International Volunteer Program that has become a part of Jesuit Volunteer International.

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality develops programs on Jesuit education and Ignatian spirituality, organizes retreats and other activities that help faculty and staff to integrate Ignatian values in their professional or personal lives, and encourages those wishing to lead this process in their areas of the University.

Rev. Julio Giulietti, SJ

Fr. Giulietti praised the work of Fr. Gray and the center, which was established three years ago through a $4 million gift from the Boston College Jesuit Community and other benefactors.

Rev. Howard Gray, SJ

"BC's center is doing marvelous work with faculty and staff seminars as well as with the Lilly Endowment grant" which promotes the integration of faith and career among students, noted Fr. Giulietti. "I hope to continue this work with the faculty and staff through future administrative seminars - places where we all can talk freely about what it means to be a professional educator at a Jesuit institution."

"I have known Fr. Julio for more than 20 years and he is a fine person to take over leadership of the center," said Fr. Gray. "Not only does he have a foundation of working with students and meeting their spiritual needs, he also has a rich set of experiences in the administration and overseeing of a highly sophisticated program."

Fr. Giulietti said that the center's mission affords Boston College an opportunity for leadership among the 150 Jesuit-sponsored universities throughout the world.

"We want to assist other Jesuit universities in the United States and abroad," he said, "as they begin to look at how to develop fidelity to their own religious principles as well as enhancing their existence within a diverse community.

"The ministry of higher education is an important area for the Jesuits at BC to get into," Fr. Giulietti added. "We also may want to align ourselves with other [Jesuit] provinces to look at how we as a society reflect and make choices concerning the apostolate of higher education."

As director of the Center for Intercultural Education and Development, Fr. Giulietti oversees a staff of more than 100 based in Central America, East Central Europe and Southeast Asia. Staff members work with faculty and administrators at newly formed colleges and technical schools, particularly those in countries dealing with the effects of civil strife or war.

"When we began thinking about replacing Howard Gray," said Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Joseph A. Appleyard, SJ, "Julio Giulietti stood out because of his expertise in Ignatian spirituality and because of the international perspective he brings from his recent work training educators for grass-roots development programs around the world.

"Jesuit education should have a global dimension," said Fr. Appleyard. "Having Julio here will help us understand Ignatian spirituality in a fresh way."


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