Philip Harrison SJ
Before joining the Jesuits I read English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. There I became involved with the Catholic Chaplaincy where my Faith was nourished by retreats, visits to Taizé and the Student Cross pilgrimage to Walsingham.
After university I gave up the opportunity for further study to make a greater commitment to the Gospel. I worked for several years as a full time volunteer, first with the homeless in Glasgow and later with adults with learning disabilities in Liverpool.
Over those years I discerned a call to the priesthood and joined the Jesuit novitiate in Birmingham. While I was based there I worked on an education project in Dublin, taught in a school in North London and visited Jerusalem. I made the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and went on a pilgrimage retracing the footsteps of the northern saints from York to Iona via Lindesfarne.
After taking vows I read Philosophy at Heythrop College in London and had the opportunity to train in spiritual accompaniment. I also visited Kyrgyzstan for a summer to teach English. I moved back to Scotland two years ago to train as a secondary school teacher at the University of Edinburgh. I did my Theology degree in Bogota, Columbia.
When I look back on my life I am grateful for the many good friends I have made, for the people who have guided me and the opportunities God has given me to serve.