Joel Thompson SJ
Joel Thompson was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1989. He is the first of identical twins for his parents. He completed his secondary education in Georgetown at St. Joseph High’s and Queen’s College in 2005. He subsequently pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Guyana and worked as an Engineer for one year before entering the Society of Jesus in 2011. After a two year novitiate in Birmingham, UK he completed a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology at Heythrop College, University of London in 2016.
After being inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ and by the apostolic work of the Jesuits in Guyana among indigenous peoples, Joel was missioned to the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2017 for an MSc. In Environment and Development.
At the end of this course, he was missioned to Guyana for Regency. During the two years of regency, Joel worked in the Central Rupununi in young adult ministry which involved forming young adults within the 16 villages that the Jesuits serve there. He also worked in the promotion of Laudato Si’.
Joel is currently studying theology at Santa Clara University and is interested in questions surrounding the relationship between technology, ethics, the environment and spirituality.
Joel loves karaoke, playing the piano, and a good game of chess. He is passionate about social justice and Ignatian spirituality and seeks to humbly follow Jesus in bringing abundant life to all (John 10:10).