Nicholas King SJ
My name is Nicholas King, and I was born in Bath in 1947. After I left school, I went up to Oxford to read Classics, with the firm intention of becoming a wealthy barrister after that. However at a particular moment, which I can date to within a few minutes, and greatly to my surprise, I realised that the only thing that I could do if I was to be happy was to join the Jesuits, who had taught me at Stonyhurst. That was 47 years ago, and (so far) I have seen no reason to change my mind… For the last twelve years I have been teaching New Testament and Greek at the University of Oxford, where I am at Campion Hall, the Jesuit house. Most recently I have published a translation of the entire Greek Bible into English, something that I can hardly believe. Before I came back to Oxford, I taught for many years in South Africa, which was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. Jesuits do all sorts of things, and our task is to do whatever the Church asks of us. Like many of my confreres, this particular Jesuit has always been a teacher at secondary or tertiary level; but I have also done a good deal of writing. And I have coached cricket and Rugby in my time. Let me simply say this: if it is the life for you, then there is no better or happier way of life. But it must be the life to which God is calling you.
The desire for unity between the followers of Jesus Christ is expressed several times in the New Testament. Jesuit priest and Bible scholar Fr. Nicholas King looks at passages in St. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians and Matthew's account of the Gospel to find inspiration for today's ecumenical journey. This presentation was given to Churches Together in York in the city's Salvation Army Citadel on 25 January 2012 to mark the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Fr. Nick is introduced by a Lay Carmelite, Johan Bergström-Allen. Fr. Nick was a tutor in New Testament Studies at Campion Hall and the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford. He is a celebrated translator of the New Testament. He is currently living in London and working as the provincial's assistant for formation.