Heythrop College

Originally from Belfast I joined the Jesuits in England having attended Heythrop College as a lay man from 1976-79 when the college was located in Cavendish Square.  Religious vocations are a bit of a mystery but I was most certainly influenced by the Jesuits at Heythrop both by those who taught me and by the various Jesuit scholastics who were studying there in the mid to late 1970s. As a young Jesuit I was very interested in social and political issues and also in ecumenism. I completed...
Pope Francis
Pope Francis -  Loneliness of a long distance runner.Lecture and discussion with Author Marco Politi.Author and journalist Marco Politi has built a successful career commentating on the Vatican and religious matters since the 1970s, in addition to being a columnist for the Italian daily newspaper, Fatto Quottidiano. As we as his recent coverage of Pope Francis, he has followed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on over 80 trips around the world and has regularly contributed to the BBC...
The Jesuits in Britain have been involved in higher education since the seventeenth century. Heythrop College in Kensington, an incorporated college of the University of London, can trace its foundation to a seventeenth century bequest to establish a college on the Continent where English Jesuits might be trained. In1614 a college was founded at Louvain which later was transferred to Liège, where it thrived for nearly two centuries. The college even survived the suppression of the Jesuit...
Fr Michael Holman SJ
After already serving more than four and a half years of what was originally intended to be a four-year mission, Fr Michael Holman SJ, will step down as Principal of Heythrop College later in the year,  Fr Holman made his decision after consulting with his Jesuit Superiors.In a message to staff and Governors, Father Holman wrote: “It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with the Governors over the past four years and two terms. I have the highest regard for Heythrop’s...
Delegates to the meeting of the intellectual ministry Campion Hall June 2016
Last summer’s joint apostolic project between the Jesuits of the British, Irish, Dutch and Flanders provinces has given birth to a number of initiatives which are nurturing closer collaboration between individuals and institutions of the four provinces.Last weekend 3rd-5th June Campion Hall in Oxford hosted the third meeting of a group of Jesuits engaged in teaching and academic research. There were eighteen delegates from the four provinces, including from Heythrop Michael KirwanSJ...
I was brought up in a solid Catholic family and spent some years in the strange environment of a ‘junior seminary’ preparing to be a diocesan priest. After leaving the seminary at the age of eighteen, I gradually slipped away from the Church.It was too late to apply to university: instead, I worked for some years in banking. Aged 22, I had fortunate opportunity of transferring to an international bank, working for 15 months in Ghana. Relatively quick promotion convinced me that banking, at any...
René Girard
René Girard, regarded as one of the most influential – and often controversial – thinkers of the modern age, has died in California at the age of 91. He was recognised in numerous ways: most significantly as an ‘Immortal’ member of the French Academy and an honorary doctor of Heythrop College, University of London. His books offered a bold and dynamic vision of human nature, history and destiny.Described as "the new Darwin of the human sciences" by Professor Michel Serres of Stanford University...
Good Life on a Global Scale: Heythrop Conference
Heythrop College in London is hosting a Day Conference tomorrow that will explore the moral and philosophical questions associated with globilisation. The Conference will combine the publication of two books on the subject, published by Bloomsbury Publishing, including one by Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, who teaches political philosophy at Heythrop.‘Good Life on a Global Scale’ will focus on two main themes: solidarity and global common goods. They are addressed in the first two volumes of the new...
Heythrop event for global climate change week
An event to mark Global Climate Change Week.Speakers:Martin Poulsom SDB, Head of Theology, Heythrop College and Chair of the liveSimply coordinating groupJonathan Gorsky, Lecturer in Judaism, Heythrop CollegePope Francis’ latest encyclical is generating a great deal of interest, both within and beyond Roman Catholic circles, in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris this December. This event will reflect on the encyclical in the current context from two distinct perspectives, asking...
This 3-day international conference will focus on achievements and challenges in the Church’s relations with non-Christian religions in the fifty years since the Second Vatican Council.Heythrop College and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and WalesA DRAFT programme may be downloaded here nostra_aetate_conference_5-7_nov_draft_programme.pdfSpeakers include:Cardinal Walter Kasper, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the JewsArchbishop Michael...

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