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Fredrik Heiding, S.J., Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer in Ignatian Spirituality

B.A., Hochschule fur Philosophie;
B.A., Heythrop College;
Ph.D., University of Oxford

Phone: (510) 549-5000

Fredrick Heiding


About the Professor

Fr. Fredrik Heiding S.J. is a Swedish Jesuit belonging to the German Province of the Society of Jesus. He will be a visiting fellow Jesuit at JST during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, where he will teach and write a book on Divine and Human Playfulness. He normally teaches Spirituality and Church History at the university college, the Newman Institute, Uppsala, Sweden. He is also on the editorial board of the Swedish Catholic periodical, Signum.

Sixteenth-century Catholicism is his special field of knowledge, particularly the history of the Jesuits and Ignatian Spirituality. His doctoral dissertation at University of Oxford was published as Ignatian Spirituality at Ecclesial Frontiers. He has translated the Spiritual Exercises and the Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola from Spanish into Swedish.

Medieval theologians have also been at the centre of his attention. He has participated in a project of a Swedish translation with a significant introduction to the writings of Dionysios the Areopagite, and translated The Wisdom of Saint Isaac, by Sebastian Brock, into Swedish.

After two years of Jesuit formation (regency) in Mexico, he speaks Spanish fluently.

Courses offered

SPRA 2600 Ignatian Spirituality and the Arts (Fall 2019)
SPLS 4600 Liturgy and Spirituality in East and West (Spring 2020)


  • Forthcoming article in German on Hugo Rahner’s book Man at Play: “Ist Spiel Ernst zu nehmen? Anmerkungen zu Hugo Rahners Der spielende Mensch”, Zeitschrift für Katholische Theologie (ZKTh) 141, 2019, p. 313–333
  • Ignatian Spirituality at Ecclesial Frontiers, Lulu Publishing, 2012. (PhD diss.)
  • ”Our Lady, Lead Us to Christ! Early Jesuit Devotion to Mary”, The Way 52/2 (April, 2011) 
  • Anthology on the Reformation in Sweden: Heiding, Fredrik & Nyman Magnus (ed.), Doften av rykande vekar. Reformationen ur folkets perspektiv, Artos, Skellefteå, 2016
  • Articles in the Swedish periodical Signum on the following themes:
    “The Beauty of Creation in Franciscan Tradition” (2018); “Bob Dylan’s poetry in Christian Interpretation” (2017); “Foolish Christian Humanism – Erasmus’s Synthesis of Rationality and Folly in Christian Faith” (2012); “Introduction to Spirituality with original Origen of Alexandria” (2009); “Religious Perspectives on World Cup in Football [Soccer]” (2006); “Religious Dimensions of Football [Soccer]” (2002);