New Irish Jesuit Provincial
Shane Daly SJ, former Socius of the Irish Jesuit Province, has been appointed the new Provincial by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ, leader of the Jesuits worldwide. His appointment was confirmed on 2 February 2023, the day after he took his final vows in the Society. He succeeds Fr Leonard Moloney SJ.
As there is no Socius at present the Provincial has asked Terry Howard SJ, presently missioned to the Curia, to assist him and to deal with matters that would normally be directed to the Socius for his attention.
Fr Daly was born in 1974 and entered the Society of Jesus at the age of 35, in 2008. Before joining the Jesuits, he worked as a teacher in Oberstown detention centre for young offenders.
After his novitiate in Birmingham, he travelled to Canada for studies and was awarded a Master’s degree in theology from the University of Toronto and an STL from Regis College (2013-2015).
In 2015, in Belvedere College SJ, he was ordained as a priest, and after his ordination he taught History and Religion in the college. He was appointed headmaster of Coláiste Iognáid in Galway in 2016, and after three years there began his doctoral studies at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin.
The newly appointed Provincial did his Tertianship in Portland, Oregon (USA), from January to May 2022, before talking up the role of Socius of the Irish Province.