Dear Alumni, Family, and Friends,
After nearly a decade at the helm of the John Felice Rome Center, I am stepping down as director and assuming a new role as director emeritus effective June 30, 2016. An international search for a new Rome Center leader has begun. In the interim, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Loyola's chancellor, will step in as acting director. This transition will give me the chance to continue to devote my life to our students. In my new role, I will be there for our alumni who visit the JFRC, and I will teach and mentor our students as we shape them to take on the work of the world. In this way, I can continue to serve and preserve the vision of John Felice and uphold the Jesuit traditions that make us so strong.
A decade of progress has transformed the Rome Center. We are no longer just a place to study in Rome. We are no longer just a place to have fun and travel. We are all those things and so much more. Today, the JFRC is a community and an institution. It is where each of us, along with our students, is transformed every day. We create global citizens because we have global leaders serving on the Rome Center team. We have a world-class faculty and a staff of dedicated, passionate people who devote their lives to our students and the community we have created.
This achievement could not have been realized without the support of our many colleagues in Rome and in Chicago. It could not have happened without the help of our alumni, who have been there for us in ways large and small. They have provided not only financial support but also pride in our legacy, so that we could build a glorious future.
Finally, our recent progress would not have been possible without the vision, wisdom, and love of John Felice. I was fortunate to know him, and his inspiration will continue to guide future leaders as they navigate the challenges and opportunities facing the JFRC.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the John Felice Rome Center.
God bless you and those you love,
Director, John Felice Rome Center
Vice President, Loyola University Chicago