Revd Dr Brian Mac Cuarta, SJ

Chaplain and Fellow in Early Modern History


Brian Mac Cuarta SJ comes to Campion Hall having served in Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu (Jesuit Archives, Rome) as director, and as academic director (2010-2021). There he oversaw the preparation of archival and online resources for Jesuit history, chiefly for the restored Society of Jesus (post 1814), including preparing the correspondence files of the Jesuit provinces worldwide (1939-1958) for access by researchers.

An Irish Jesuit, he has spent ten years in Northern Ireland, based in Portadown, and was engaged in cross-community work, and Irish-language activities.

Early modern Ireland has been his research area, with interests in the Catholic community (including links with England, Scotland, and Rome), and in colonial society in the period before the breakdown of 1641. As part of a broader project on the social history of Catholicism in early Stuart Ireland, his current research is on conversion to Catholicism in the Caroline era.

He gained his PhD from Trinity College Dublin (2004) and was awarded the DLitt degree by the National University of Ireland (2022). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.