The Centre Sèvres – Facultés jésuites de Paris is an institute of higher education and research sponsored by the Jesuit province of France, Belgium and Luxembourg. It trains Jesuits, religious and lay people of all nationalities. It delivers canonical diplomas under the authority of the Holy See.
The Centre Sèvres is an association in terms of the French law of 1901. By virtue of its canonical status, it is also under the authority of the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See.
The Chancellor of the Centre Sèvres is the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, and the Vice-Chancellor the Provincial of French-speaking Western Europe. The Rector of the Centre Sèvres oversees the internal running of the institution, and represents it to external bodies.
Day-to-day operations are the responsibility of a Senior Management Team, whose members are the Rector, the directors of the baccalaureate and licentiate cycles, the deans of the faculties, and the secretary general.
1974 : The Centre Sèvres – named after the street in which it is located – came into being with the merger of the Faculty of Theology in Lyon (Fourvière) and the Faculty of Philosophy at Chantilly. It continues the intellectual tradition that has marked the Jesuits since their foundation.
2020-2025: four major strategic objectives
- Strengthen the European dimension and increase the international profile
- Keep developing the range of courses, programmes and lectures in the light of contemporary issues and new digital possibilities
- Enhance the research life of the institution, and make it more visible
- Deploy new human and financial resources