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Dr Damian Howard SJ

Dr Damian Howard SJ Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7795 4185


Dr Damian Howard SJ is an English Jesuit priest. He has been a lecturer at Heythrop College since September 2010 and Vice-Director of the Bellarmine Institute since 2014. He was born and grew up in Surrey. He studied theology at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Senior Scholar, philosophy at the London School of Economics, more theology at the Centre Sèvres in Paris. He went on to read Islamic studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, before gaining his doctorate in contemporary Islamic thought from the University of Birmingham.

In addition to academic work, Dr Howard has served in a variety of Jesuit works including secondary schools (St Ignatius College, Enfield, St Aloysius College, Glasgow), a parish (Corpus Christi, Brixton), a social centre in Brussels (OCIPE – Jesuit European Office) and also in the formation of novices. He has collaborated extensively with the African Jesuit AIDS Network. He has also worked in chaplaincy in Birmingham City University and gives spiritual direction on a regular basis. In October 2010 he was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to take part in the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Middle East and is regularly in demand as a speaker and broadcaster. He regularly writes for and is on the editorial committee of the British Jesuit on-line journal, Thinking Faith. He lives in Wapping in the East End of London, where he is superior of a Jesuit house of formation and a member of the Hurtado Jesuit Centre.

Current teaching

Beliefs and Practices in Christianity
Contemporary Christian Thought
Muslim-Christian Relations (PG course)
Christian-Muslim Relations (UG course)
Preaching and Presiding

Research Interests

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Christian-Muslim Relations


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Dr Howard’s main interest is in the complex and multi-disciplinary study of relations between Christians and Muslims. He does much to help the Catholic Church in the UK to understand Islam (see He is particularly concerned to help Christians develop a theological understanding of Islam. He is involved in the Contending Modernities project of the University of Notre Dame in the US and is involved in a number of dialogue initiatives at both national and international levels, including work on behalf of the Holy See. Additionally, he has a long-standing interest in the confrontation between modernity and religions, political philosophy, Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit mission.