Fr Roger Dawson SJ served as an officer with the Royal Greenjackets before studying Psychology at Durham University. After a career working as a psychologist with the National Health Service, he joined the Jesuits in 1996 and has since studied philosophy and Theology in London and Paris. He worked on his doctorate in Psychology while teaching at Wimbledon College and has also worked at the Cardinal Hume Centre in London during his final year of Theology. He is currently assistant editor of the Jesuit Spirituality Journal ‘The Way’, chairs the managing committee for the Jesuit Volunteer Communities in Britain and is a sought after speaker on the subject of adolescent psychology.
Fr Simon was born in (an interesting co-incidence given the chaplaincy’s recent link with Mwanza in Tanzania) and then brought up in Fiji in the South Pacific (no his father was not an but an educationalist for UNESCO) before going to school with the at Stonyhurst, Lancashire. He studied theology (at the other place!) before training and working as a social worker in , trying to prevent homelessness among teenagers. Since entering the Society of Jesus he has been mainly involved in chaplaincy work in Jesuit secondary schools: three years at , three years at St Louis de Gonzague, Paris and four years at St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow. He has just returned from a year abroad – four months with the Jesuits in , South America, and seven months in Australia where he was completing his Jesuit formation, the tertianship. (For an explanation, see the Jesuit web site, www.jesuitvocations.org.uk) We especially arranged for the chair and vice-chair of the CathSoc to be Aussies, to make him feel very much at home! We hope his time with us will be very happy. You are very welcome!
Link (here) to the chaplaincy team at The Catholic Chaplaincy at Oxford.
Photo is of the Oxford Oratory also known as St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church