Fr David Holdcroft SJ has recently completed a six year term as Jesuit Refugee Service Regional Director for Southern Africa. Based in Johannesburg, he was charged with developing, implementing and maintaining projects with refugees in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola and South Africa itself. These centred on a series of higher education / income generation projects in both urban centres and various refugee camps to which he was a constant visitor.
Prior to his work in Johannesburg, Fr Holdcroft was JRS Country Director in Australia with responsibility for projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea as well as conducting needs assessments in Timor Leste and post Tsunami Aceh in Indonesia. He then worked as a pastoral care worker in Dzaleka Camp in Malawi for a period of 6 months before becoming Director of JRS South Africa for a period of 18 months.
Fr Holdcroft was ordained a Jesuit Priest in 2004 and holds degrees in Arts (Music and Georgraphy), Theology (Masters) and Education. He is a qualified teacher and was also Provincial Delegate for Social Ministries from 2000 to 2008 and sat on a number of other Boards and Councils in Australia and more recently in South Africa. Prior to joining the Society of Jesus, he worked extensively amongst the homeless in Australia, helping to set up a number of houses for chronically homeless and chemically dependent people at the same time as performing in a number of bands.
In his new assignment, he is conducting a strategic review of Jesuit Refugee Service programming internationally in the higher education sector.
Fr Holdcroft has written extensively on homelessness and forced migration and is a keen musician, swimmer, and student of organisational development.