April 26, 2016 — Pope Francis has appointed Jesuit Father Nuno da Silva Gonçalves as the next rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1551. Fr. Gonçalves will succeed Jesuit Father François-Xavier Dumortier on Sept. 1, 2016.
Fr. Gonçalves has previously served as provincial of the Jesuits’ Portuguese Province. Since 2011, he has been teaching at the Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church at the Gregorian University, as well as serving as dean of the faculty since 2012.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, on July 16, 1958, Fr. Gonçalves entered the Society of Jesus in 1975 and was ordained a priest July 12, 1986.
He holds a Licentiate in Philosophy and Letters from the Catholic University of Portugal, as well as a Licentiate in Theology, a Licentiate in Church History and a doctorate in Ecclesiastical History, 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 Catholic University of Portugal, a post he held until he became provincial in 2005.
Fr. Gonçalves is a member of the History of Religious Studies Center at the Catholic University of Portugal and the Portuguese Academy of History. He has published several articles on Portuguese missionary history and the history of the Society of Jesus. [Sources: Gregorian University Foundation, Jesuit Curia]