Fr Steve Curtin
SJ has been appointed as the new Provincial of the Australian Jesuits.
yesterday of his appointment from Fr Adolfo Nicolás, the recently-appointed Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Curtin said he felt ‘humbled' to
have been placed in such a privileged position among his Jesuit brothers.
‘There are great
challenges, it is true, but I feel a peace which I recognise is pure grace',
said Fr Curtin.
Born and raised in a
Catholic family in Sydney, where his 87-year-old
mother Marie still lives, Fr Curtin attended school at St Ignatius College
Riverview and then studied psychology at Macquarie University.
Fr Curtin joined the Jesuits in 1985, at the age of 28. In his time with the Society, he
has worked as a teacher, pastoral worker and counselor, spending time working
with the marginalised in Australia
and overseas. He worked for five years with the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia/Pacific,
first as Assistant Regional Director and then as Regional Director. A great deal of his work was with refugees
from Burma but he also
traveled extensively in South East Asia managing projects in Indonesia, East Timor, Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal.
Since 2001, Fr
Curtin has been Director of Jesuit Mission. With his knowledge of South East
Asia, Steve was given the task of broadening Jesuit Mission's support to newer
mission areas while also maintaining support for the original overseas work of
the Australian Jesuits in Hazaribag
Fr Curtin has served
as Chair of the Board of the Jesuit Refugee Service and on the Boards of the
Loyola Institute and the Australian Jesuit Foundation. In his new role, Fr
Curtin will oversee the Jesuits' ministries in Australia, which includes
educational institutions, social ministries, parishes, spirituality centres and
One of the
challenges facing the Society, Fr Curtin said, is bringing Jesus' Gospel of
love and reconciliation to families and communities. To find love, forgiveness
and inner freedom in this world, he said, we need to begin with a conversion of
‘I am happy to be
facing the challenge of conversion with my Jesuit brothers, with such good and
dedicated lay companions and so many other friends of deep faith', he said. ‘I
will rely on them and on the help of God.
Fr Curtin will
replace Fr Mark Raper as head of the
Australian Jesuits on 31 July, when Fr Raper will be able to move full time into his new role as President of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania.
leadership has been immensely loving and thoughtful', said Fr Curtin, paying
tribute to his predecessor. ‘My goal is his goal and the goal of Ignatius and
St Paul, "that Christ may live in our hearts through faith and that we may give
glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask
‘I am happy to
serve and humbled to have been placed in a position, which in the Jesuits, because
our governance is spiritual, is a particularly privileged position of trust.'
Read Fr Curtin's full bio here.