Norman Tanner SJ
Norman Tanner SJ

Norman Tanner SJ

Born in wartime England in 1943, my family lived in Esher and Oxted in Surrey, with schooling at Woldingham Convent, Avisford and Ampleforth.   Following entry into the Jesuit novitiate in 1961, and studies at Heythrop (Philosophy), Oxford (History and doctorate in Church History) and Theology (Gregorian University, Rome), I was ordained priest in 1976 and served an apprenticeship of one year as curate at Farm Street parish in London. 

Thereafter my apostolate has been mainly in teaching and writing on teaching church history, based at Campion Hall in Oxford (1978-2003) and the Gregorian University in Rome (2003-2015), but including short courses on church history and church councils in many countries.  Books include The Church in Late Medieval Norwich 1984),  Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils (1990), The Councils of the Church: A Short History (2001) and New Short History of the Catholic Church (2011).

My assignment in Rome ended in April 2015 with the move to New York to write for the Jesuit weekly America Magazine.