Karl Rahner: theologian of Hope and Dialogue

Benjamin Tonna Lecture 2004 by Dr. Philip Endean SJ

    • Karl Rahner: theologian of Hope and Dialogue"
      Benjamin Tonna Lecture 2004 by Dr. Philip Endean SJ
      University of Oxford, U.K.

      Born in London in 1954, Dr Endean was educated at Bishop Challoner School in Beckenham and by the Jesuits at St. John's Beaumont and Stonyhurst College. He read English at Merton College, University of Oxford, before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1977. He studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop College, University of London, punctuated by a year of pastoral work in Mexico. Before ordination in 1985, he also did a Masters degree, specialising in jesuit history, at Weston Jesuit School of theology, under Fr. John O'Malley.
       
      As a priest, Dr. Endean's first mission was to serve as chaplain at the Manchester University Hospitals. In 1987, he negan doctoral studies at Campion Hall Oxford under Archbishop Rowan Williams and the eventual result (in 2001) was a book entitled 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: and Jesuit tertianship in Germany under the tutelage both of Fr. Piet van Breemen in Berlin and a groupof young men with learning difficulties in Monchengladbach.
       
      In 1992 he 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 he returned to Campion Hall to serve as Tutor in Theology, alongside his role as editor of The Way. Dr Endean has published numerous articles, principally on Ignatian topics and also collaborated with Joseph A. Munitiz SJ on the Penguin Classics Volume on Ignatius. He has served as a resource person and facilitator for chapters in Slovakia, Austria, Rome and the UK and regularly contributes to the spiritual directors training course at St. Bueno's in North Wales. In 2004 his work commitments will take him to Paris, Glasgow, Rome, Prague and Dublin.
       
      Dr Endean is in the process of publishing his own translation and commentaru on Rahner's spiritual texts.