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Revd Dr James Hanvey SJ (Oxford University) will teach at JCS in 2019

We are pleased to announce Reverend Dr James Hanvey SJ will be teaching with Jesuit College of Spirituality in 2019.

James Hanvey SJJames Hanvey SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 1975 and was ordained in 1983. His D.Phil (Oxon) was on the subject of constructing a contemporary metaphysics of the doctrine of the Trinity in Hegel, Barth and Rahner. After a period as Headmaster of the Jesuit St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow, he taught systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London, where he was also Head of the Department of Christian Doctrine and Founding Director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life. He has also been a theological consultant to the Bishops of England and Wales and has held the Veale Chair in Ignatian Spirituality at Milltown Park, Dublin. After serving at the University of San Francisco as the Lo Schiavo Professor of Catholic Social Thought, he was appointed Master of Campion Hall in 2013. He is a senior Research Fellow of the Hall in theology and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, Oxford University.

His recent writings include ‘Dignity, Person, Imago Trinitatis’, in Understanding Human Dignity (ed. Christopher McCrudden, 2013); and ‘For the Life of the World’ in The Second Vatican Council (ed. Gavin D’Costa and Emma Jane Harris, 2013). In systematics he has been working on a new book on ‘The Witness of the Spirit: the Pneumatological ground of Catholic Social Thought’ and developing a theology of integral ecology cf. Laudato Si and the Renewal of The Theologies of Creation (Heythrop Journal, Nov. 2018). With Travis LaCouter, James is also editing a collection of essays, ‘Id Quod Volo – Desire in the Spiritual Exercises.’ He participates in an international workshop, ’The Gift of Discernment’ based at Campion Hall which hopes to publish papers from the discussions in 2019/20.

Dr Hanvey will teach Theological Frameworks for the Spiritual Exercises in Semester 2, 2019. This unit will assist supervisors and spiritual directors to develop a deeper appreciation of the range of theological worlds that serve as a background and context to the Spiritual Exercises. This unit explores how images of God (theological and Christological frameworks) emerged from Ignatius’ particular context – historical, familial, religious affiliation, educational, social, linguistic and cultural. The unit offers theoretical and historical frameworks for a responsible theological and spiritual interpretation of the Spiritual Exercises; it also offers a range of possibilities and strategies for communicating the key content in a contemporary context.

The unit will be delivered face-to-face and online; for credit within a Spirituality and Spiritual Direction award; is cross-listed to Systematic Theology and is available to audit.

Read more about Theological Frameworks for the Spiritual Exercises

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  • Rev Dr James Hanvey SJ is no longer able to come to Australia in August to deliver the unit in person. Rev Dr James Hanvey SJ has been appointed by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ to Secretariat for the Service of Faith. The Secretariat for the Service of Faith advises Father General on the main issues that the Society must address in the Service of the Faith. It collaborates with the other Curia Secretariats to animate the service of faith in all apostolic sectors, while also supporting the work of Spirituality, with particular attention to the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises.

    As Father General had asked Dr Hanvey to commence his new appointment in June he has had to withdraw as lead lecturer for the unit but will be contributing to the unit online.

    The unit will go ahead, on the scheduled dates and be delivered by local academics: Rev Dr Robin Koning SJ, Rev Dr Gerry Healy SJ, Rev Dr Ai Pham SJ, Dr Michael Loughnane and Professor Maryanne Confoy RSC (as well as a number of recorded lectures by Rev Dr James Hanvey SJ that will be shown in class (and available to online students).

    We congratulate Dr Hanvey on his appointment and thank him for his continued commitment to JCS.

    There is still time to enrol in this unit, either for academic credit or to audit and either in the face-to-face class or online.

    Please contact the College on 03 9448 8276 or enquiries@jcs.edu.au for further information.

    Regards
    Jesuit College of Spirituality

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