Catholic Life

Heythrop honours friends

Fr Kevin Fox, left, is pictured with Andrew Kennedy and Roy Dorey

Heythrop College, the specialist philosophy and theology college of the University of London, has recognised the long and distinguished services of two ministers of religion through the award of its prestigious College Fellowships.

The Fellowships were awarded to the Rev Roy Dorey, a Baptist, and Fr Kevin Fox SJ at Heythrop’s graduation ceremony on December 1, during which honorary degrees were awarded to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Professor Tom Wright as well as to graduating Heythrop students who also received their degrees.

The Rev Roy Dorey is a Baptist minister and Heythrop MA pastoral studies graduate who went on to serve the college as assistant chaplain (2002-06) and chaplain (2006-10).

Presenting Mr Dorey for the Fellowship Dr Michael Kirwan SJ, head of theology at Heythrop, said that “in conferring a College Fellowship on Roy Dorey, Heythrop is expressing its gratitude for the pastoral care of students which he has undertaken. This work Roy did conscientiously and well, and for this we thank him.”

Dr Kirwan added that Mr Dorey had “articulately expressed important aspects of the college’s religious mission” and that Heythrop had “been enriched by his presence”.

Dr Gerard J Hughes, former vice-principal of Heythrop and later master of Campion Hall, Oxford, was invited to present Fr Fox, who served as a trustee governor at Heythrop for 22 years.

Dr Hughes praised Fr Fox for his “knowledge of and ability in the teaching profession”, as he was for many years responsible to the Jesuit Provincial for all the educational works of the British Province, and sat on the governing bodies of several Jesuit schools.

“It is in that capacity, as a governor, a source of wisdom and sound advice, and a tactful and sensitive interpreter of the links between the college and the Jesuits, that Kevin has given such invaluable service to Heythrop over many years,” Dr Hughes said.

Heythrop was established in 1614 in Louvain by the Society of Jesus for the study of philosophy and theology. Since 1970 it has been a college of the University of London, while retaining a modern Catholic ethos, and offers an educational experience that respects all faiths and perspectives. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.