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I was born in London in 1954, and educated at Bishop Challoner School in Beckenham and by the Jesuits at St John's Beaumont and Stonyhurst College. I then read English at Merton College, Oxford, before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1977. I studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop College, University of London, punctuated by a year of pastoral work in Mexico. Before ordination in 1985, I also did a masters degree, specialising in Jesuit history, at what was then Weston School of...
I was born on April 12 1936 in Harrow on the Hill, the second son - the first died when a baby. Both parents, Stanley lrving and Helen Josephine Meredith were good practising Catholics as is their daughter, Judith. I was baptised, confirmed and received my first Holy Communion in Saint George's R.C. church Sudbury. Apart from evacuation during the war my first school was non conformist, Byron Court School, and at the age of 11 I attended the Cardinal Vaughan School, Kensington. There I was...
I was born in Lanarkshire, one of six children; my father was the local NHS GP.  I attended St Aloysius College, serving on Br Ward’s impeccable altar staff and as a technician in Fr Grumitt’s stage crew.  I studied Medieval History and English Language and Literature at the University of St Andrews.  Having been a keen pianist since the age of five, and after some minor efforts on the church organ in my local parish, I sang in three choirs during my student years, including a...
I’m Kensy Joseph. I was born in Kuwait of Indian parents in 1980 and I entered the British Province when I was 27. Ten years after joining the Jesuits I was ordained to the priesthood in July 2018. When I first realised God might be calling me to the priesthood and the religious life, I was surprised! In search of deeper meaning than I found in the corporate life - I studied engineering at university, and worked in business consulting and banking prior to entering the Society - I looked to...
A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols in the Maria Assumpta Chapel at Heythrop College yesterday evening (20 January 2014). The event marked the re-establishment of the ecclesiastical faculties of theology and philosophy, together known as the Bellarmine Institute. Now the faculties have been re-activated, the College will award in its own right ecclesiastical bachelors (STB, BacPhil), licentiate (STL, PhL) and doctoral degrees in Philosophy and Theology...
My name is Michael Kirwan, I was born in 1959 in Leeds, of Irish parents. I first met the Jesuits at St Michaels College, a school run by the Jesuits in Leeds for about a hundred years. I was impressed by the variety of the Jesuit priests whom I met- they were not many, but there seemed to be no ‘standard’ pattern, and yet they worked well together. I was especially struck by the Jesuits’ respect for intellectual and academic work, and for the world of culture.It was only...
Heythrop College, University of London, launched its 400th anniversary year with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The college that was founded by the Jesuits in Belgium in 1614 welcomed the topical radio debate Any Questions?, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby. It was the first time the programme had been broadcast from Heythrop and was the first in its 2014 output. The panel last Friday consisted of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling (Conservative MP for Epsom...
The Lent 2014 Lecture Series at the Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College, will focus on the Eastern Catholic Tradition Today, considering perspectives ranging from Albania to Antioch and Greece to Ukraine. The speaker for the first two lectures in the series will be Revd Dr Robin Gibbons, Research Fellow at the Centre for Eastern Christianity at Heythrop, whose topics will be 'The Eastern Greek Catholic Tradition and Heritage' (Wednesday 22 January) and 'The Eastern Greek Catholic...
Dr Zoughbi Zoughbi, the Founder and Director of the Wi'am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem, will be speaking at Heythrop College, University of London, in Kensington tomorrow (Wednesday, 8 January). Dr Zoughbi is a prominent Palestinian Christian leader and has spent his life working in the field of conflict resolution in the heart of the Israeli/Palestinian context. The Wi'am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center began in March 1995. It focuses on helping to resolve...
An alumna of Heythrop College, University of London, became the college's first Dame in the Queen's New Year Honours. Rachel de Souza achieved a BA in Philosophy and Theology at Heythrop between 1986 and 1989, and was recognised in the New Year Honours for her services to education. Dame Rachel is Chief Executive Officer of the Inspiration Trust, a federation of seven schools across Norfolk, which specialises in raising educational standards. Before becoming the Trust's CEO, she was...

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