Dominic Robinson SJ
I was born in 1967 in Lancaster. I grew up in Cumbria in the north-west of England and was educated there in Anglican and Catholic schools before going on to undergraduate studies at St Andrew’s University in Scotland. Growing up in a typical northern Catholic parish and in a Catholic family, I had a positive experience of Church and of priests in whose lives I could see icons of service for the good of others. Considering the possibility of the priestly vocation, I received what in hindsight was good advice from a wise priest, to “take the plunge”. At university, however, I was introduced to the Spiritual Exercises and, through discovering God in the everyday, was able to discern more carefully where I might be being called, among different possibilities, to make a commitment. Getting to know the spirituality and history of the Jesuits, I was increasingly attracted to the Society through the call to a varied set of ministries, to educational and intellectual work, to the identification of faith with the fight for justice and dialogue with culture, to the international mission of the Society, and by the witness of Jesuits in the past, especially the martyrs, and the wise humanity of Jesuits I met. As a result I found myself compelled to try out my vocation by making a commitment to enter formation. Following a ‘gap year’ working with a company running pilgrimages mainly to Lourdes and Rome, I entered the Society in 1991.
I am currently Assistant Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community in central London, and am engaged in various other pastoral, educational and administrative roles. My responsibilities on the parish team at Farm Street Church include sacramental, preaching and pastoral ministry, and being chaplain to prayer and music groups. As a member of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team, I teach courses in theology for adults and give spiritual direction; and, as an adult faith formation consultant to the Diocese of Westminster, I support lay ministry formation and pastoral teams in parishes, jointly co-ordinating the Faith Matters series of talks at Westminster Cathedral and co-ordinating a formation programme in preaching for deacons and priests. I am deputy chair of Churches Together in Westminster, which aims to foster collaboration, particularly on social and political issues. I also teach dogmatic and pastoral theology at Heythrop College, University of London, specialising in the doctrine of the Trinity, the person of Christ, and the theology of lay ministry.