New appointment at the Centre Sèvres

Philip Endean SJ with members of the Ignatian Leadership Programme Training Team, meeting in Rome this summer
Philip Endean SJ with members of the Ignatian Leadership Programme Training Team, meeting in Rome this summer

Congratulations to Philip Endean SJ, who has taken over as Director of the second cycle (Masters’ level) programme of studies at Centre Sèvres in Paris. From the beginning of September, he has become responsible for overseeing the studies of about forty students, including Jesuits from France and further afield.

The traditional “journée de rentrée” for the programme took place last Wednesday, 5th September, including a picnic lunch in the newly-planted garden of the Centre. 

"The role is a really interesting one, helping students - Jesuits and others - from well over twenty countries to work for a master’s degree and canonical license here in Paris” said Fr Philip. “I'm particularly pleased to be the first foreigner in this sort of role. Often, when we study with languages, I reflect that the Jesuits only started because Ignatius had trouble with Latin, and Pierre Favre had to help him."

Based in the heart of Paris, the Centre Sèvres is an academic institution specialised in philosophy and theology open to the ethical, cultural and spiritual challenges of the contemporary world. The traditional Jesuit education allows the implementation of methods to accompany everyone in their career, helping in the acquisition of responsible judgement.

Various British Jesuits have studied at the French institute. Two scholastics, Christopher Brolly SJ and Jacques St Laurent SJ, are currently at their second year of Philosophy at the Centre Sèvres.

Philip Endean SJ studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop College, University of London, punctuated by a year of pastoral work in Mexico. Before ordination in 1985, he also did a master’s degree, specialising in Jesuit history, at what was then Weston School of Theology, under Fr John O'Malley. Fr Philip began doctoral studies at Campion Hall in Oxford, under Archibishop Rowan Williams, in 1987, after working at Manchester’s Catholic chaplaincy.

In 1992, he was appointed to the faculty of Heythrop as a lecturer in both systematic and pastoral theology, and served there for nine years until the summer of 2001, when Fr Philip returned to Campion Hall to serve as Tutor in Theology. He was appointed twice Editor of The Way, the British Jesuits' journal of spirituality. In 2012-13, he held the Gasson Chair at Boston College, before moving to Centre Sèvres Paris as Professor of Spirituality in September 2013.