Beginning with a conversion of heart
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.
COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE
Congrats to both Fr. Steve Curtin and to Fr. Mark Raper for the excellent work done! I have been a witness to it these years on my visit to Australia.Wishing you both God's choicest blessings!
Many congratulations! Our prayers will now be for both provincials in their new jobs! Loves and prayers from sunny Winchester.
From Indonesia, I would like to say congratulation for you both. Mark, you have work done and for you Steve, may God bless your works as a new provincial. I feel that I am still as a member of an Australian province because of you both!
Congratulations Steve. That is such wonderful news. I could not think of a nicer "bloke" to be appointed for this job and to follow on the footsteps of Mark and all the great work he has done!!! Looking forward to working with you from across the ocean!!! Peace, Jenny
It is a wonderful news to hear! I am rejoice with the Society of Jesus in Australia. I'll surely pray for you Steve. All the best in your new role.
Trung (St Felix Bankstown)
Congratulations Frs. Mark & Steve! You both make us proud to be Catholic. My family will pray for you. Fr.Mark, we're going to miss you very much. Love always.
Thuy & Phuc.
Congratulations Steve. They have made a very good choice. Best wishes for your future work. Carole McDonald
Mark and Steve, deep gratitude to God for the wisdom of both appointments and the assurance of much loving support as you each prepare for new roles of significant service to the Society and the people of God.
I am a little behind the news I could not think of a better man to lead the Jesuits.
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