Paul Fletcher SJ
Paul Fletcher SJ

Paul Fletcher SJ

Paul Fletcher, born deaf 54 years ago, after a Master’s degree in Librarianship and a career as a Librarian for ILEA and previously the British Library; joined the Jesuits [British province] in 1988. He was ordained priest 1997 in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  “I felt there was more to life than just following the treadmill of full-time work and possibly marrying and starting a family. Whilst I had job satisfaction and a social life, something was missing… Exercising my vocation to priestly ministry, as a Jesuit - a contemplative in action - enables me to reach out to many more people than previously possible bringing an awareness of God and the suffering redeeming Christ; as well as promoting Ignatian spirituality: finding God in all things!”

Paul studied philosophy & theology at Heythrop & Weston Jesuit School of Theology, USA. For many years he gave retreats, spiritual exercises and spiritual direction in our Spirituality centres {Craighead, Loyola Hall + occasionally St. Beuno’s} as well as overseas {Malta, USA, RSA}.

Being Deaf, and a native sign language user, Paul also ministers to the Deaf community throughout the UK (he did Tertianship 2003/4 with the Deaf community in Chicago USA), more recently in Liverpool, and now across London. Deafness is no barrier to a full time vocation as a priest – he feels its people’s attitudes, lack of consideration and insensitivity that disables us!