Luke Taylor SJ

Born near London, I was raised in St Andrews in Scotland. I come from a large Christian family who read the Scriptures and prayed together. As a result, I can’t remember a time when God was not there. God was as vast as the North Sea, and he had Dad’s voice and hands.Between 2007 and 2014, I completed a doctorate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. During that time, my quest for catholicity led me to the Catholic Church. Although it might seem counter-intuitive, the dogmas of the...
Gift of love Credit Nick Fewings
The Homily of Fr Damian Howard SJ for Luke Taylor’s Vows Mass on 21st December 2018, Feast of St Peter Canisius.      With Christmas so close, I assume that we have all been busy buying presents for friends and family. Which is either a great pleasure or, if you are like me, a trial like no other. I remember when I was young an elderly uncle who used to come and stay at Christmas and who would always buy me an Airfix model of a ship or an aeroplane. And I dreaded...
Luke Taylor SJ, completing his vows
On the Feast of St. Peter Canisius SJ, Friday 21st December, Luke Taylor SJ made his first vows in the Society of Jesus at Manresa House in Birmingham. It was an occasion both simple and dramatic, profound yet understated, intense but also relaxed and cheerful, marking an important moment in the relationship between Luke and the Lord through his commitment to a life of poverty, chastity and obedience in the Society of Jesus.Fr. Provincial Damian Howard SJ celebrated the Mass while Fr. Simon...