About Me

I was born in London in 1954, and educated at Bishop Challoner School in Beckenham and by the Jesuits at St John's Beaumont and Stonyhurst College. I then read English at Merton College, Oxford, before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1977. I studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop College, University of London, punctuated by a year of pastoral and teaching work in Mexico. Before ordination in 1985, I also did a masters degree, specialising in Jesuit history, at what was then Weston School of Theology, under Fr John O'Malley.


After ordination, I worked as Roman Catholic chaplain to the Manchester university hospitals, before beginning doctoral studies in 1987 at Campion Hall, Oxford, under Archbishop Rowan Williams. The eventual result of these (in 2001!) was Karl Rahner and Ignatian Spirituality. This project led to many connections with the German-speaking world: more than a year of research at the Jesuitenkolleg in Innsbruck in order to be near Rahner's papers (which are now in Munich); and Jesuit tertianship in Germany under the tutelage both of Fr Piet van Breemen in Berlin and a group of young men with learning difficulties in Mönchengladbach. In 1992, I was appointed to the faculty of Heythrop as a lecturer in both systematic and pastoral theology, and served there for nine years until the summer of 2001, when I returned to Campion Hall to serve as Tutor in Theology. I was General Editor of The Way, the British Jesuits' journal of spirituality from 1994-1996, and was reappointed as Editor, with a brief to relaunch the journal, in 2001--a post which I relinquished in 2008.


My publications are listed on another page. Besides my academic work, I am pastorally active in various ways. I have served as a resource-person and facilitator for chapters in Slovakia, Austria, Rome and the UK, and regularly contribute to spirituality training courses, notably at at St Beuno's in North Wales. In 2012-3 I was privileged to hold the Gasson Chair at Boston College, before moving to Paris in September 2013. More recently, I have offered workshops in Poland, South Africa, and Egypt, and in Paris I do some work in prison chaplaincy. When not working, I enjoy travel and music, singing with a choir, and at least thinking about taking serious exercise.