Fr. Dorian Llywelyn has served as Executive Director of the Ignatian Center since August 2016. In this role, Fr. Llywelyn oversees the overall execution of the Center's strategic plan seeking to promote and enhance the distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education at Santa Clara. The Center engages campus members, local neighbors, and the global community through its signature programs including the Bannan Institutes, Arrupe Weekly Engagement, immersions, Ignatian tradition offerings, and the Thriving Neighbors Initiative. As Executive Director, Fr. Llywelyn also leads the University’s efforts in promoting and strengthening the understanding, engagement, and shared appreciation of the Jesuit, Catholic character of the University.
Prior to coming to Santa Clara, Fr. Llywelyn worked at Heythrop College at the University of London and Loyola Marymount University, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Christian spirituality, theology and culture, and ecclesiology and ecumenism. He has also held visiting chairs at Marquette University and Seattle University.
In addition to his appointment as associate professor at LMU, Fr. Llywelyn was founding director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute and the director of the Catholic Studies Program. He has held appointments on various advisory boards at LMU including the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Center for Religion and Spirituality, and the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice. Fr. Llywelyn most recently served as president of the International Society of Jesuit Ecumenists and is the superior of the Jesuit Community in Brixton, London.
Fr. Llywelyn has written several books and scholarly articles on the intersection of faith and culture. His research interests focus on the place of land and national identity in the spirituality of peoples, and the intersection of devotion to the Virgin Mary with politics and culture.
Fluent in several languages including Spanish, French, Indonesian, and colloquial Arabic, he served several years in the Voluntary Service Overseas (British Peace Corps) in Indonesia and Egypt.
Fr. Llywelyn received a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Wales; a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain; and a B.A. in English from the University of Cambridge.