Geoffrey Wheaton SJ
I was born in Gillingham, Kent in 1941. After my A levels I spent two terms teaching a primary class in a local RC school and converted to Catholicism just before going up to the University of Leicester to do a BA in Economics and Cert Ed. I taught History and Economics in Chatham and then Birmingham and after ten year became Headmaster of Pope John 23rd Comprehensive in Corby Northants. In 1976.I was a member of a Ministry of Education group that spent five weeks in Portland Oregon during which time I lived at Jesuit High School.
I applied to join the Jesuits and entered the novitiate in Portland Oregon in September 1978. I did an MA in Education Administration at Fordham University and transferred to British Province in September 1981 where I returned to teaching Economics for a year at Wimbledon College before continuing studies at Milltown in Dublin and Heythrop in London. I was ordained by Cardinal Basil Hume 21st June 1986.
I returned to Fordham to do an MA in Religious Education and then taught Economics at St Ignatius School Enfield 1987 to 1990, and was Head of Economics at Stonyhurst College 1991-1998.
I studied Religious Art at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley 1998-1999 and then did an MA in Victorian Art and Architecture at Royal Holloway College University of London 1999-2000.
I was curate at Corpus Christi Church Boscombe 2000-2002 and RC Chaplain Imperial College London University 2002-2010.
Nowadays the focus of my ministry is to deepen our relationship with the Christ of the Scriptures with the aid of the wonderful images in painting, frescoes, mosaics, sculpture and stained glass from the catacombs to the present day. I give lectures and courses on Scripture and Art around the world.