His Excellency, the Most Reverend Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio to Britain and Titular Archbishop of Rebellum, will deliver the Keeley Vatican Lecture on Wednesday, September 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Due to Her Excellency’s presence at the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this conference will now take place online. Titled “My Contacts with St. John Paul II at the Fall of the Soviet Union,” the lecture can be viewed on the Nanovic Institute website and on the YouTube channel.
Originally from Verona, Italy, Bishop Gugerotti was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Verona in 1982. He obtained degrees in Oriental languages and sacred liturgy and, between 1981 and 1985, taught patristics, theology and oriental liturgy at the Institute of Ecumenical Theology. Studies and Theological Institute of San Zeno, both in Verona. In 1985, Bishop Gugerotti was appointed official of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and became its under-secretary in 1997. Since December 2001, he has been Apostolic Nuncio — representative of the Pope — in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine and , from July 2020, Great Britain.
“While serving as Apostolic Nuncio for more than twenty years in six different countries, Bishop Gugerotti has become one of the Church’s most experienced, respected and accomplished diplomats,” said Notre Dame President Reverend John I. Jenkins, CSC. “Having recently concluded his mission to Ukraine – where I first met him – to become the Pope’s representative in the UK, Archbishop Gugerotti has ably defended the Church’s diplomatic positions on some of the most of Europe. I am grateful to him for delivering the Keeley Vatican Lecture and sharing his experience and wisdom.
“We look forward to welcoming Archbishop Gugerotti to Notre Dame, albeit virtually,” said Clemens Sedmak, director of the Nanovic Institute and professor of social ethics at the Keough School of Global Affairs, who will provide the introduction. “The Archbishop brings with him a wealth of unique and highly relevant experience, especially from his time as the Pope’s representative in Ukraine. The annual Keeley Vatican Conference aims to support Notre Dame’s distinctive goal of providing a forum where Catholic thought can intersect, in free and open discussion, with all forms of human knowledge. We continue to be grateful to our benefactor and friend Terry Keeley for the generosity that makes this lecture series possible.
The Keeley Vatican Lecture, hosted annually by the Nanovic Institute, provides a means to deepen Our Lady’s connection to the Holy See by bringing prominent Vatican officials to explore issues surrounding the Catholic mission of the Holy See. University. Established in 2005 with the generous support of alumnus Terrence R. Keeley ’81, Speakers typically spend several days on campus, joining classes, celebrating Mass with students, and conversing with faculty members.
Past Keeley Vatican lectures have included Rev. Fr. Hans Zollner, Dr. Barbara Jatta, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher and Ukrainian Archbishop Borys Gudziak. An archive of past conference videos is available here.
An integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Nanovic Institute seeks to enrich Notre Dame’s intellectual culture by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students, faculty, and visiting scholars to explore the evolution of ideas. , cultures, traditions, beliefs, moral challenges and institutions that shape Europe.
More information about the Nanovic Institute and the Keeley Vatican Conference is available at nanovic.nd.edu.