Paul Nicholson was born in London in 1956 and educated by the Jesuits at Wimbledon College. He read zoology at Durham University before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1978. He studied philosophy and theology at the Milltown Institute, Dublin and at Heythrop College, University of London. He was appointed Editor of The Way in July 2008.
Between his two periods of study Paul worked for two years in the Craighead Jesuit Spirituality Centre outside Glasgow. Immediately after ordination in 1988 Paul did a master’s degree at Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then lived in the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart, Blackpool, working for the Lancaster Diocese Faith and Justice Commission.
His tertianship was done in the Ateneo in Manila, after which he returned to Britain to help establish a social ministry community in Sunderland, together with the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and the St Joseph of Peace sisters. Six years later, in 1999 he was appointed Director of the Loyola Hall Spirituality Centre on Merseyside, and then in 2006 became Director of Novices for the inter-provincial novitiate in Birmingham, which serves the Jesuit provinces of Britain, Ireland, Flanders, and the Netherlands, as well as the region of South Africa.
Paul is currently Assistant for Spirituality to the British Jesuit Provincial. He has run training courses in spirituality and retreats throughout the British Isles, as well as in South Africa and Guyana. For some time he edited Jesuits and Friends, the Province newsletter for benefactors. He has a particular interest in the ways in which Ignatian spirituality can prompt and support long-term social engagement.