Fr Brian McCoy appointed new Jesuit Provincial

Fr McCoy

Fr Brian McCoy has been appointed to succeed Fr Steve Curtin as Provincial Superior of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus.

In making this appointment, announced last week, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, extended his thanks and encouragement to Fr McCoy.

Fr Nicolás added a special note of thanks and appreciation to Fr Curtin for his six years of dedicated service as Provincial. Fr Nicolás said that he would pray that the concluding
months of Fr Curtin’s term would be filled with much grace and consolation from the Lord.

Fr Brian McCoy grew up in Melbourne and began his education with the Loreto Sisters at Mandeville Hall. He then moved to the Marist Brothers at Canterbury and then to the Jesuits
at Burke Hall and then Xavier College. Brian entered the Society of Jesus in 1966, was ordained a priest in 1977 and took final vows in 1986. He has spent most of his priestly and
Jesuit life in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and North Queensland.

In 1973, as a Jesuit scholastic, Brian went to the Balgo Mission in Western Australia and in 1979, after ordination, he went to Townsville. He undertook tertianship in 1984, and was
based on Palm Island in 1985. After studying missiology at Regis College (Toronto) in 1986, Brian went to the Mirrilingki Spiritual Centre at Warmun in the Kimberley in 1987. In 1989 he was a research officer with the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

He then worked in the Northern Territory on Bathurst & Melville Islands and at Daly River, before returning in 1992 to the Kutjungka parish south of Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. There he became immersed in church, sporting and cultural issues with the people of the four desert communities. This included a decade of involvement with St John Ambulance and the State Emergency Service.

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