Wheeling Jesuit protest

Supporters are invited to speak up for the fired Jesuit president on a new website, “Save! Wheeling Jesuit University”:


It is with great sorrow that we come together today with the departure of our president and dear friend, Fr. Julio Giulietti, S.J. We have all come here to seek the truth, and to know and understand what has happened within the university walls and what has become of the reputation of WJU. In this light, please invite anyone to read the blog and feel free to comment as you wish.

Giulietti was abruptly removed as president earlier this month by his fellow Jesuits acting as the university’s trustees.

Giulietti is shown in a picture with the caption: “Officially still the President of WJU.”

The latest posting is by Charles L. Currie, S.J., who calls Giulietti “a friend and colleague for many years” and tries to pour oil on troubled waters:

No one “wins” in such a situation and the demands of necessary confidentiality prevent folks knowing all the details. I am satisfied that good people on both sides seriously disagreed on what was best for the University and a decision had to be made.

It follows a letter posted yesterday by a supporter who cites “dissent” by Fr. Ed Glynn, S.J., a former WJU trustee, former president of three Jesuit universities, and former superior of the Jesuits’ Maryland Province, who objects to the firing.

The writer, John W. Hwee, of Chestnut Hill, Mass.:

There have been no allegations or evidence of any immoral, unethical, illegal or fiduciary negligent acts by Father Julio. I am appalled and disgusted, but not completely surprised by the underhanded actions of some members of the Board of Directors.

He finds especially “disheartening”

the action of the three Jesuit Trustees [who] fired Father Giulietti without the two-thirds [required] approval [by] the Board of Directors, without the full attendance of the Trustees and while Father Julio was on vacation.

At one point, Giulietti said he would sue the Jesuits.  But there has been no report of a suit.

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  • Steve Milavec  On 09/16/2009 at 8:47 PM

    I have been investigating the firing of Fr. Giulietti and I am now satisfied that this was an unjust action taken by a power-hungry board, who have now put in place a man who will do what they say.

    While I never graduated from Wheeling, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the place and the people. If anyone wants to know what was truly behind the firing, they can contact me and I’ll tell ’em the truth.


    • maureen Kelly  On 10/06/2009 at 7:06 PM


      I am shocked and had spoken with Fr. Giulietti only shortly before he left BC.
      His firing is incredible…. how may I contact him, by regular mail if you can or email if you can do that. I was so pleased when he was the Director here of the Ignatian Institute, and sad when he left. I’ll let him tell me what happened if you can give me a contact to write him….tks
      Maureen Kelly, kellybs@bc.edu


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