Nicholas Austin SJ

Nick Austin is a Jesuit priest who teaches moral theology. He is also a spiritual director, and serves as a consultor to Fr Provincial. Nick's family were very involved in CLC (Christian Life Communities - an Ignatian organisation based on Ignatian spirituality, community and mission).  As a teenager Nick remembers watching TV on a Friday night whilst the CLC meetings where taking place next door. His parents' involvement in CLC also meant that Jesuits would often visit the family,...
Damian Howard SJ at Nick Austin SJ's final vows
Homily by Fr Provincial Damian Howard at the Final Vows Mass of Nicholas Austin SJ, 1st December 2017.Nicholas Owen Austin’s adventure in the Society of Jesus began in September 1996 when he entered the novitiate in Birmingham under the druidic tutelage of the late Fr Patrick Purnell, a much-missed Welsh Jesuit. Two years later Nick pronounced his first vows during a Mass celebrated in Harborne, Birmingham. On that occasion, he promised that, at a later date, he would “enter the Society of...
Nick Austin SJ preaching at Farm St
When friends, family or colleagues learn that I’m about to take my Final Vows as a member of the Society of Jesus, they are often surprised that it has taken this long. I have been a Jesuit for 21 years, and a priest for 11. ‘And you still haven’t taken Final Vows? I knew that Jesuit training took a long time, but I didn’t know it took that long!’ Well, I guess we’re slow learners...During a Mass on 1st December at Farm Street Church, I will kneel before the Blessed Sacrament and take vows of...
Damian Howard SJ
The Hurtado Centre is hosting a full day of talks around the question ‘Is religion good for you?’.Fr Nicholas Austin SJ, a lecturer in Theology at Heythrop will be speaking to the question of the day. Fr Damian Howard SJ, who lectures in Theology with Fr Austin at Heythrop, and works on Muslim-Christian relations at the Hurtado Centre, will speak on ‘Is Islam good for you’. Sarah Broscombe, who is  a learning and Development consultant, will speak on ‘Is...