Martin D'Arcy

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The Reverend
Martin D'Arcy
Born 1888
Died 1976
Occupation Priest (Roman Catholic, Jesuit)
Nationality British
Education Stonyhurst College
Alma mater Campion Hall, Oxford
Period 20th century
Genre Philosophy
Notable works The Mind and Heart of Love (1945)

Martin Cyril D'Arcy SJ (1888–1976) was a Roman Catholic priest, philosopher of love, and a correspondent, friend, and adviser of a range of literary and artistic figures including Evelyn Waugh,[1] Dorothy L. Sayers, W. H. Auden, Eric Gill and Sir Edwin Lutyens. He has been described as "perhaps England's foremost Catholic public intellectual from the 1930s until his death".[2]

Educated at Stonyhurst, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1907 and was ordained priest in 1921. He was Provincial of the English Province of the Society of Jesus from 1945 to 1950.

He spent much of his working life at the English Jesuit house in Oxford, Campion Hall, but also spent periods in residence at American universities, including Georgetown University, Gonzaga University, Cornell, and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

His major work is The Mind and Heart of Love, published by T. S. Eliot at Faber and Faber in 1945,[3] which explores theological relation of eros love and agape love.

The permanent collection of Loyola University Museum of Art is named in his memory the Martin D'Arcy Collection.


  1. ^ Ker, Ian. "Waugh the Catholic". The Tablet. 
  2. ^ Richard Harp, "A Conjuror at the Xmas Party", TLS, Dec. 11, 2009.
  3. ^ M. C. D'Arcy, The Mind And Heart Of Love: Lion And Unicorn, A Study In Eros And Agape, Faber and Faber, 1945.


  • H.J.A. Sire, Fr Martin D'Arcy: Philosopher of Christian Love (Gracewing, 1997).

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