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John Saward has previously been Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the International Theological Institute (a Papal institute of graduate theology in Gaming, Austria). Born in Middlesex in 1947, he is married with three daughters.

Having read Philosophy and Psychology at St John's College, Oxford, from 1965 to 1968, he went on to study Theology and to train for the Anglican ministry at St Stephen's House, Oxford. He was ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1972. In 1973 he was awarded a M. Litt. in theology, for which he had submitted a thesis on 'The Theology of Death' under the supervision of Father Cornelius Ernst OP of Blackfriars, Oxford.

After two years as a curate in Lancashire, Saward returned to Oxford in 1974 as Chaplain and Junior Research Fellow in Theology at Lincoln College. In 1979 he and his family were received into the Catholic Church at Campion Hall, Oxford.

From 1980 to 1992 Saward was Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at Ushaw College and from 1992 to 1998 Professor of Systematic Theology at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, USA.

Saward is the author of eight books and many booklets, articles, and contributions to collected works.

Saward was ordained deacon on 21st June 03 and was ordained priest (for the Archdiocese of Birmingham) later in the year.

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The Parish of Fr John Saward
SS Gregory & Augustine
The Catholic Parish Church of SS Gregory & Augustine,
founded 1911

His books are:

Perfect Fools: Folly for Christ's Sake in Catholic and Orthodox Spirituality (Oxford University Press, 1980), The Mysteries of March: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Incarnation and Easter (HarperCollins, 1990).

Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus Living in Mary Published by Ignatius Press, 1993.

Christ is the Answer: The Christ-Centred Teaching of Pope John Paul II (T & T Clark, 1995),

Chapter 5: "The Christocentric Mary"

The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty: Art, Sanctity, and the Truth of Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1997)

The Way of the Lamb: The Spirit of Childhood and the End of the Age
published by (T. & T. Clark, 1999).

Chapter 9 on Charles Péguy and The Way of the Lamb

Cradle of Redeeming Love: The Theology of the Christmas Mystery (Ignatius Press, 2002)

Review by Aidan Nichols OP.
Review by Robert Ombres O.P.

Sweet and Blessed Country: The Christian Hope for Heaven (Hardback, OUP 2005 Paperback April 2008)

Firmly I Believe and Truly
The Spiritual Tradition of Catholic England
Edited by John Saward, John Morrill and Michael Tomko
Forward by Vincent Nichols

A Priest Forever - Continuity In an Age of Change link
(New CTS booklet)

Articles on this website-:

The Theology of the Laity
(Part 1)
(Part 2)

Christ The Light of The Nations
(Part 1)
(Part 2)

Re-Awakening The Catholic Memory

Europes's Return to the Fathers

Regaining Paradise: Paul Claudel and the Renewal of Exegesis

The Flesh Flowers Again:
St. Bonaventure and the Aesthetics of the Resurrection

The Grace of God in Courtesy

"Love's Second Name"
Saint Thomas on Mercy

Musical Comedy, Divine Comedy

St. Thérèse’s Teacher: Our Lady of the Little Way.

Since 1979 Saward has been one of the translators of the works of Hans Urs von Balthasar, including
Herrlichkeit, Unser Auftrag, and Sponsa Verbi. He has also produced an English version of Balthasar's anthology of St Irenaeus (The Scandal of the Incarnation, Ignatius Press, 1994).

In the 1970's John Saward was one of the co-editors of
Sobornost and Eastern Churches Review. Since 1991 he has been a consulting editor of Communio and La Nuova Europa. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.

He has been described by Father Aidan Nichols as "the Balthasar of the English-speaking world." However, in recent years Saward appears to have come to share the growing unease among orthodox Catholics about the nature and origin of Balthasar’s theology. In his 2005 work The Sweet and Blessed Country he describes Balthasar’s theory of universal hope as “a kind of blasphemy.” Alyssa Pitstick, one of the Swiss theologian's most telling and insightful critics, studied under Saward at the International Theological Institute.

Saward’s work has been evolving not only in content but also in method and style towards a form which combines ‘ressourcement’ with the rigour of scholasticism. Sacred art also plays a prominent role in this method.

(The last two paragraphs have been taken from the from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia under the entry for "John Saward". Please use this link to view the complete biographical article.)

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Version: 19th January 2012

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