James Hanvey SJ
James Hanvey SJ

James Hanvey SJ

James Hanvey joined the Jesuits in 1975 and was ordained in 1983. He began work for his doctorate in Trinitarian Theology in 1985 under the supervision of Rowan Williams.  He was Headmaster of St Aloysius’ College Glasgow.  He went on to be visiting scholar at Weston Jesuit Theological School, Cambridge Mass USA and returned to be head of Theology at Heythrop College. In 2004 Dr. Hanvey helped to found The Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life and became its director.  He took up the post of Master of Campion Hall, Oxford in 2014 and is also a member of Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology and Religion.

James has also held the Veale Chair in Ignatian Spirituality, Milltown Institute, Dublin and the Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought, the Lane Center, University of San Francisco. In addition to working closely for a number of years with the Catholic Education Service, James was the principal author of On The Way To Life that dealt with the themes of the Church’s response to postmodernity. He is a member of the Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, The Catholic Bishops Conference for England and Wales. He has been a member of CRAC, the BBC advisory committee on Religion, and is a writer and broadcaster. He also works extensively in spirituality and has lectured in Europe, America, Australia and Africa.

His particular research and teaching interests are in the areas of Trinitarian Theology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Catholic Social Thought as well as Ignatian Spirituality.  He is currently writing on Catholic Social Thought, a theology of Healthcare (collected essays) and Pneumatology.

Listen to Fr James Hanvey SJ give a simple reflection on Christian prayer. He discusses Christ's own prayer and how we can use the prayer of the Church to draw closer to God the Father.