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Province people

Introducing some of the people who guide and support the Society's work across Australia.

Provincial – Fr Brian McCoy SJ


Fr Brian McCoy SJ grew up in Melbourne but has spent most of his Jesuit and priestly life in the north of Australia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1966, was ordained a priest in 1977 and took final vows in 1986.

Before taking up his role as Provincial in August 2014, Brian was the Director of the Tertianship Program for the Australian Jesuit Province and the Assistant to the Provincial for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministries.

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14226_0026-copySocius – Fr Robin Koning SJ

Fr Robin Koning SJ lives in the Xavier Jesuit Community and is the Socius to the Jesuit Provincial, working as his main Consultor and Executive Assistant.

Robin was born in Brisbane and went to school with the Christian Brothers before joining the Society of Jesus in 1977. Before taking on his current role, he taught systematic theology and philosophy at Jesuit Theological College in the United Faculty of Theology.

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Fr Chris Horvat

Province Secretary – Fr Chris Horvat SJ

An old scholar of Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide, Fr Christopher Horvat SJ joined the Jesuits in February 1970. Over the years he has worked in Jesuit schools in Sydney and Adelaide (where he was involved in many musical performances) and in administration at the General Curia in Rome and the Provincial Office in Melbourne

He is currently living at Newman College, a Catholic residential college within the University of Melbourne, and working at the Provincial Office.

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Provincial Delegates

The following delegates provide support to the Provincial in directing various aspects of the Society’s mission in Australia.

Education Ministry – Fr Tom Renshaw SJ (Chair of Jesuit Education Australia), Ms Jennie Hickey (Executive Officer of Jesuit Education Australia)

Ignatian Formation – Fr Chris Gleeson SJ

Jesuit Formation – Fr Brendan Kelly SJ

Pastoral Ministry – Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM

Social Ministry – Mr Jim Barber


Chairs of Boards and Councils

Jesuit College of Spirituality – Mr Peter Johnstone

Jesuit Communications – Mr David Hutton

Jesuit Mission – Mr Jack de Groot

Jesuit Refugee Service – Sr Annette Cunliffe RSC

Jesuit Social Services – Ms Patricia Faulkner

Redfern Jarjum College – Mr John Allen

Sevenhill Cellars – Mr Jay Hogan

St Aloysius College – Mr Jock Murray

St Ignatius College Adelaide – Dr Suzanne Le Mire

St Ignatius College Riverview – Mr John Wilcox

The Cardoner Project – Mr Michael Morgan

Xavier College – Mr Frank Peck


Province Office Staff

Director of Professional Standards – Mr Simon Davies

Assistant to the Director of Professional Standards – Emma Brooks

Human Resources Manager – Ms Helen Boussounis

Director Finance and Special Projects – Mr John Daly

Finance Manager – Ms Rosalinda Polivka

Accountant – Ms Anna Paris

Dynamics Systems Accountants Officer – Ms Sophie Karlsson

Assistant Accountant – Ms Abby Huang

Project Officer for Social Ministry – Anastasia Moore

Province Support Officer & Events Co-ordinator – Ms Ancita D’Cunha

Research Assistant & Executive Assistant to the Provincial – Ms Erika Wassell

Assistant for Health and Wellbeing – Ms Linda Stainton

Province Archivist – Fr Michael Head SJ

Assistant Archivist – Ms Elizabeth Parker