Learning is a journey

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The Centre Sèvres lies at the heart of Paris, with fifty permanent teachers ready to welcome you. It was founded in 1974 bringing together the prestigious theology faculty at Fourvière, in Lyon (Henri de Lubac, Jean Daniélou, Xavier Léon-Dufour), and also the philosophy faculty at Chantilly (Gaston Fessard, Jacques Sommet ). It remains under Jesuit leadership, but now in close collaboration with other religious, lay people and diocesan priests. Moreover, its students, and increasingly its staff, come from all over the world.

The Centre Sèvres offers programmes leading to university-level canonical diplomas: the baccalaureate, the licentiate, and the doctorate. Its courses are rooted in the Ignatian tradition. In their content, they stress how the approach to the mystery of God opens us up also to the mystery of humanity. Their pedagogy centres on a conviction that philosophy and theology involve people’s experience. Thus, to teach well is also to accompany individuals as they make their own journeys of discovery.

The two faculties of philosophy and theology each have their own specific programmes and research. At the same time, they collaborate closely, and are enriched by the dialogue. They publish two international research periodicals: Recherches de sciences religieuses and Archives de philosophie. Our research focuses on systematic theology, patristics, Ignatian spirituality, ethics, and a distinctive attempt to do theology based on close contact with people at the margins. In philosophy, we highlight phenomenology, hermeneutics, moral and political philosophy, and mysticism.

All this activity takes place in a modern and lively campus equiped with wifi, a library of 400.000 volumes and rare collections, a peaceful garden. It is neighbour to Saint-Ignace, the church of the Jesuits in Paris, where the students, teachers and staff gather once a month to celebrate the Eucharist.

Bienvenue à tous!