Frances Murphy
Frances Murphy, Editor, Thinking Faith

Frances Murphy

I began working with the Jesuits in Britain in the summer of 2008, six months after the launch of the province’s online journal, Thinking Faith, of which I am now Editor. I had followed the growth of the journal since its beginning, having met the founding editorial group while they were still in the planning stages, and I was delighted when I discovered that they were looking for a new member of the team. The Church played a big part in my upbringing; I was educated in Catholic schools, both of my parents are Catholic teachers and we were very involved with our local parish. I went on to study Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham and work in Communications for the Diocese of Westminster, so a huge attraction of the role at Thinking Faith was that it allowed me to bring my faith, interests and experience together. But there was more to it than that; I felt a deep attraction to the Ignatian vision that informs Thinking Faith and all Jesuit works – that of ‘finding God in all things’, to use an oft-quoted expression. Having read articles on the journal about finance, politics, astronomy, and film and television, as well as the spirituality, scripture and ethics that I would have expected, I knew that this was a unique and much-needed project in which I wanted to play a part. I have since discovered that these subjects are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety of disciplines in which the Jesuits are involved! I had had some contact with the Society previously, but one of the great joys of my job has been to learn about and meet Jesuits past and present, respectively. I am increasingly fascinated by Jesuit history, which I am thankful to have been given so much time, opportunity and encouragement to explore; and I am also continually impressed and inspired by the breadth and depth of Jesuit ministry in the present day. The commitment to the service and promotion of the gospel that I have encountered in my Jesuit friends from all over the world, whether they work in schools or parishes, with refugees or online, is a constant reminder that I am privileged to play even a small part in furthering the mission of the Society. 

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