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Consultors letter from Fr Matthew Egan SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial concerning the creation of a Vice-Province

Consultors letter from Fr Matthew Egan SJ, St Patrick's College, East Melbourne to the Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ concerning the creation of a Vice-Province and the shortage of men. Refers to the Novitiate and advises that a Juniorate should be established.

Egan, Matthew, 1872-1941, Jesuit priest

Copy college mems. in Fr Moore's hand

Copy college mems in Fr Moore's hand from Fr Nolan SJ to Irish Fr Provincial. Includes a note written by Fr Moore concerning the college and expanding some points.

Copy letter from Patrick Moran, Bishop of Dunedin, New Zealand asking the Society to take over a building and turn it into a school

Copy letter from Patrick Moran, Bishop of Dunedin, New Zealand and Fr Joseph Dalton SJ (Superior of the Mission) to Irish Fr Provincial asking the Society to take over a building and turn it into a school. Outlines the conditions proposed and accepted.

Moran, Patrick, 1823-1895, Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin

Copy of a letter from Bishop Patrick Moran, Dunedin, New Zealand to Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ concerning the withdrawal of all Jesuit Fathers from New Zealand

Copy of a letter from Bishop Patrick Moran, Dunedin, New Zealand to Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ (Superior of the Mission) concerning Fr Thomas McEnroe SJ and the withdrawal of all Jesuit Fathers from New Zealand. Remarks that abandoning the Mission would be a 'calamity'. Continues 'I cannot expect you to permit Fr McEnroe to remain here alone and I there fore propose you should send some one of your Fathers to work with him in Invercargill...'

Moran, Patrick, 1823-1895, Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin

Copy of a letter from the Catholic inhabitants of the Isle of Man to Rev Dr Briggs

Copy of a letter from the Catholic inhabitants of the Isle of Man to Rev Dr Briggs, Roman Catholic Lord Bishop of the Diocese of the Northern District of England expressing their thanks for the care and interest the Bishop has shown for their well being. Requests more help from the Bishop. Remarks '…they cannot…refrain from expressing their sentiments upon…the future well being of the mission in this island where they regret to say such undesirable bigotry exists together with calumny hatred and abuse of the most virulent description is daily and yearly preached and propagated against their religion…they believe it the only means…of upholding successfully the Catholic Religion in this small island would be to appoint to the Mission and to its management here an able experienced clergyman…'

Correspondence between Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ and the Irish Fr Provincial MacMahon, thanking him for sending two Jesuits

Letter from Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ, Chikuni, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial John R MacMahon SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin thanking him for sending two Irish Jesuits to the mission. Asks if more men can be spared for work in the mission. Includes a copy of a reply remarking that more men cannot be spared.

Zabdyr, Ladislaus, 1890-1968, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1950

A file of letters written during the year 1950 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia. Includes numerous letters relating to the announcement that eight Irish Jesuits are to be sent to the Chikuni Mission and the need for these men to learn the language (Chitonga). Many letters express concern over the lack of preparations being made for their arrival and a reluctance to comply with Fr General's instructions that all eight men are to be housed together for one year to obtain a firm grasp of the language.

  • Includes a letter from the Apostolic Delegation, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning the division of the mission between the Irish and Polish Jesuits. Advises Fr Byrne to send a suitable Jesuit to Northern Rhodesia to take on the role of Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka when the division takes place (12 June 1950, 1p).
  • Includes a memorandum by Fr John Collins SJ concerning Bantu courses in London University (nd, 2pp).
  • Includes a photograph published in the Irish Independent of the nine Irish Jesuits (eight priests and one brother) before their departure for Chikuni, Northern Rhodesia (19 July 1950, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian MacMahon SJ to Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ announcing their safe arrival in Lusaka (7 August 1950, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh SJ describing a trip he and Fr Louis Meagher SJ made in the Zambesi Valley (22 September 1950, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian McMahon SJ, Chikuni Mission PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ describing the school system here and the training colleges for African teachers (2 October 1950, 7pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1951

A file of letters written during the year 1951 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a report on the Lusaka Mission and Fr Visitor's suggestion that the Irish Fathers take over a part of this mission from the Polish Province (nd, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh, SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi Siding, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ, concerning the starting up of new mission stations. Refers to the division of the Vicariate and remarks '…the Polish Fathers are inclined to be resentful of us….I know there is a great effort being made to ensure that…we shall not get Lusaka.' (30 January 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a memorandum concerning the establishment of a Junior Trade School ([February] 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Rev. A Chichester SJ, Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, Campion House, Rhodes Avenue, Salisbury, Southrrn Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial enquiring if the Irish Province has plans to open a school for European boys in Northern Rhodesia. A note on the letter remarks 'Nothing doing: will ask Xtian Brothers if he wishes.' (6 October 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Adam Kozlowiecki SJ (Apostolic Administrator), Vicariate Apostolic of Lusaka, PO Box 125 to Irish Fr Provincial stating the urgent need for a school for Catholic European boys in Northern Rhodesia. Includes a rough plan of a suitable site (16 November 1951, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from David Mathew, Apostolic Delegate, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial referring to the division of the Vicariate between the Irish and Polish Jesuits (24 November 1951, 3pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1952

A file of letters written during the year 1952 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from David Matthews, Archbishop of Apamea, Apostolic delegate, Delegatio Apostolica, PO Box 468 Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning the proposed boundaries of the Vicariate of Lusaka to be given to the Irish Province. Includes a free hand map of the area (9 January 1952, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial informing him that the building of the residence at the regiment Church has begun. Refers to Mau Mau in Kenya and remarks 'It is likely that in the next few years we shall see similar developments in central Africa. There is a great spirit of unrest and dissatisfaction among the Africans here and there is quite a bit of Communist propaganda going on - especially through the African Congress' (29 November 1952, 1p).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1953

A file of letters written during the year 1953 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from David Mathews, Archbishop of Apamea, Apostolic Delegate, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning his meeting with Fr General regarding the nomination of the Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka. Remarks that Fr General is anxious that the new Bishop, when named, would open a preparatory school for European boys in Lusaka (20 February 1953, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial informing him that the residence at the Regiment Church has been completed (6 March 1953, 2pp).
  • Includes a statement of the Chikuni Mission statistics for the year ending 30 June 1953 (June 1953, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from the Educational Secretary-General to the Northern Rhodesia Catholic Missions, PO Box 29, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to the [Archbishop] concerning the Catholic Teacher Training College proposal (5 September 1953, 3pp).
  • Includes a document relating to a survey on leprosy in Northern Rhodesia made in 1950 (10 December 1953, 11pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1954

A file of letters written during the year 1954 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Robert Thompson SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning an invitation from the Dept. of Social Welfare to Frs. Robert Thompson and Patrick J Walshe to participate in Council meetings in preparation for Territorial Social Welfare meetings (21 January 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Adam Kozlowiecki SJ, Apostolic Administrator, Vicariate Apostolic of Lusaka, PO Box 125 to Irish Fr Provincial thanking him for agreeing, in principle, to staff the Teacher Training College with members of the Irish Province (4 April 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from [ ] Kabunda Mission, PO Fort Roseberry to the Right Reverend the Ordinaries of Northern Rhodesia concerning the siting of the proposed territorial Catholic Teacher Training College (6 June 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Education Secretary-General to the North Rhodesia Catholic Missions, PO Box 593, Lusaka concerning the reorganisation of Teacher Training (18 June 1954, 4pp).
  • Includes a memorandum by Irish Fr Provincial concerning the terms governing the choice of a site for the Teacher Training College (1 October 1954, 5pp).
  • Includes Fr Robert Thompson SJ's impressions of participating in the Social Services Conference, Northern Rhodesia (19 October 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a memorandum by Fr Walter O'Connor SJ concerning the leprosy settlement near Chikuni (November 1954, 3pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1955

A file of letters written during the year 1955 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Robert Thompson SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning the Teacher Training College. Remarks that the establishment of a new Training College was formally passed in principle and that a decision on the proposed site at Monze-Lubwe will be made shortly (5 January 1955, 2pp).
  • Includes a newspaper cutting reporting on the appointment of Fr Adam Kozlowiecki SJ as Bishop-Elect of the Lusaka Vicariate (22 August 1955, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of the minutes of a consultation held at Chikuni Mission. The first item relates to the partition of goods between the Vicariate Apostolic of Lusaka and the Society of Jesus (15 & 16 September 1955, 6pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1956

A file of letters written during the year 1956 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a memorandum concerning the Teacher Training College, namely the adaptation and expansion of Chikuni as the Training College and the building of a new secondary school near Lusaka ([ ] 1956, 1p).
  • Includes a first draft for presenting the Inter Racial Catholic Institute to the public ([ ], 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Commissioner of Taxes, PO Box 126, Causway, Southern Rhodesia to Coghlan Welsh and Guest, Solicitors acting on behalf of the Irish Jesuits, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia concerning the change of status of Lusaka from Prefecture Apostolic to Vicariate Apostolic under the care of the Society of Jesus. Discusses the financial implications of this (March 1956, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr M. Schurmans SJ, Visitor, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning the juridical division of the Lusaka Mission. Remarks 'I think the only alternative left would be that the Irish Province take over the whole mission from the Polish' (19 November 1956, 4pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1957

A file of letters written during the year 1957 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia. This mission was set up as a separate mission from Lusaka (Polish) in 1 January 1957.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, Loyola to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning a consultation of the mission with Fr Visitor where it was agreed to ask the Christian Brothers to take over the Teacher Training College. Remarks 'Our own Bishop is somewhat disappointed at the decision but has given his full approval to the asking of the Bros to come into his Vicariate for this work,' (7 February 1957, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Joseph McCarthy SJ, Chiuvna, Box 13, Monze to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the division of the mission. Remarks 'Our immediate need is to expand in the Southern Province…the Irish Province now has the responsibility for all this area…we are (also) informed that to get our own Vicariate we must have more stations…I think we should start this year at Namwala and Choma.' (7 February 1957, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr J. Boyle SJ, British Province SJ, Garret House, 31 Camp Road, Wimbledon, London to Irish Fr Provincial informing him that the British Province is hoping to open a Novitiate in Rhodesia in February 1958 with the Irish Province supplying the Socius (29 December 1957, 1p).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1958

A file of letters written during the year 1958 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a memorandum on the Ecclesiastical Administration of the Chikuni Mission in the Vicariate of Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia by Fr Joseph McCarthy SJ (9 August 1958, 2pp).
  • Includes the minutes of a missionary conference held in Lusaka (28 October 1958, 32pp).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1959

A file of letters written during the year 1958 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel L Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, St Ignatius, PO Box 125, Lusaka to Fr Coyne SJ. concerning a communication from the Apostolic delegate informing him that the S C of Propaganda Fide accepts the proposition regarding the division of Lusaka Vicariate (17 February 1959, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ to the Superior of the Mission Fr Daniel Meagher SJ concerning the appointment of a Vicar Apostolic for the Southern Province. Instructs Fr Meagher to establish a terna and to submit the names to him (5 March 1959, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian MacMahon SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the terna for the appointment of a Vicar Apostolic. Submits three names (11 April 1959, 2pp).
  • Includes a report of the inspection team of Canisius College, Chikuni Mission (3 June 1959, 25pp).
  • Includes copies of correspondence relating to the election of Ecclesiastical Superior for the Mission. It would appear that the initial submission of names was rejected by Fr General (5 July- 6 September 1959, 3 items).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel L. Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, Kasiya Mission, PO Box 54, Pemba, N. Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning the election of Ecclesiastical Superior of the Mission. Remarks 'I am in complete agreement with your Reverence that we cannot now produce a suitable candidate from the present mission personnel…I am now convinced that it would serve no more useful purpose by referring this question back to our Consultors and I personally am very convinced that the only line left for us to take is to select from Ireland (21 September 1959, 2pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1960

A file of letters written during the year 1960 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian MacMahon SJ, Church of St. Ignatius, Beit Road, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ submitting a further three names for Ecclesiastical Superior of the mission, his own name, Fr James Corboy SJ and Fr Brendan Barry SJ: Remarks that he would '…dread the prospect of being considered for appointment as Bishop' (13 January 1960, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, Catholic Church, PO Box 218, Choma, Northern Rhodesia informing him of further behavioural problems in Chikuni College. Remarks that it would appear that there is a political motivation to the bad behaviour of the students (22 March 1960, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Francis Keenan SJ, St Stanislaus Minor Seminary, PO Box 72, Broken Hill to Irish Fr Provincial referring to the transmission of Moscow Radio in Africa. Remarks that the programme content is mostly propaganda for Communism. Remarks '…to the average uninformed African it must all sound like the answer to their prayers, especially in the light of the recent happenings in South Africa, all of which are played up to the full by Moscow…' (16 April 1960, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ to the Superior of the Mission Fr Daniel Meagher SJ concerning the question of Fr Sean McCarron's appointment as Educational Secretary to the Bishop's Conference. Remarks that he is not in favour of the appointment and explains why (26 May 1960, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Superior of the Mission Fr Daniel Meagher SJ, Chikuni Mission to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ relating to the Sacred Heart Brothers and their agreement to take over the Teacher Training College (Charles Lwanga College) (23 June 1960, 1p).
  • Includes a report of the fifth general assembly of the Catholic International Education Office ([ ] 1960, 9pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, Loyola, PO Box RW3, Ridgeway, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning constitutional changes resulting in Northern Rhodesia having an African Government. Remarks that Kenneth Kaunda will more than likely become the Chief Minister in the new Government and that his representative will visit Ireland to seek assistance from the Irish Government and asks Irish Fr Provincial to secure introductions for him to meet Irish Government officials (28 December 1960, 2pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1961

A file of letters written during the year 1961 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Arthur Clarke SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ expressing the need for a new community house at Chikuni. Outlines the needs of the community at Chikuni and costs involved (20 April 1961, 8pp).
  • Includes a memorandum on the financial needs of Canisius College, Chikuni (14 August 1961, 15pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Arthur Clarke SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ thanking him for providing £10,000 for a new community residence at Chikuni.

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1962

A file of letters written during the year 1962 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick Cummins SJ, Mater Dei Church, Box 11, Kalomo, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning the ongoing difficulty in choosing an Ecclesiastical Superior (4 January 1962, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, Kasiya Mission, PO Box 54, Pemba to Irish Fr Provincial (Fr. expressing his delight at the appointment of the Ecclesiastical Superior - Fr James Corboy SJ (consecrated on 24 June 1962) (2 May 1962, 2pp).
  • Includes a souvenir booklet of the consecration of the Right Reverend James Corboy SJ at Chikuni (24 June 1962, 1 item).
  • Includes an extract from a letter written by Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ on the occasion of the consecration of Bishop Corboy (26 June 1962, 1p).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1963

A file of letters written during the year 1963 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.
Includes a letter from Fr Bernard Collins SJ, Catholic Church, Chivuna, PO Box 199, Monze to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning vocations to the Society from the Chikuni mission. Refers to the strike, by students, which took place in Canisius College and remarks 'The affects of the strike are lamentable, I should think, so far as vocations to the Society are concerned' (31 January 1963, 2pp).

  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh, S.J, Archbishop's House, PO Box RW3, Ridgeway, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning a number of visitors from Northern Rhodesia travelling to Ireland to visit various Government Departments. Asks Fr Provincial if it would be wise for the Irish Province to become involved in the visit (4 September 1963, 1p).

O'Conor, Charles D, 1906-1981, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1964

A file of letters written during the year 1964 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ, Mungret College, Limerick to the Superior of the Mission, Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, PO Box 218, Choma concerning the possibility of opening a University at Lusaka. Remarks 'Should such a thing happen, I think it could raise a lot of very important considerations for us; and I would very much like to be kept well in the picture as to how things develop.' (5 March 1964, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, St. Mary's, PO Box 218, Choma, Northern Rhodesia to Fr Charles O'Conor SJ concerning further news about the University project in Lusaka. Remarks 'So far the project is at the blue-print stage…At a meeting on Education convened by Bishop Corboy, I expressed the hope that we should be able to have some part in the University…However…Bishop Corboy is opposed to any undertaking which will take men from Monze Diocese' (24 March 1964, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, Archbishop's House PO Box RW3, Ridgeway, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ referring to the transition to self-government and independence. Remarks that it is going very smoothly 'One can already see the great difference it makes to have a Government which has the interests of all the people of the country at heart' (6 April 1964, 1p).
  • Includes a list of science equipment from Tullabeg for transfer to Chikuni (13 May 1964, 3pp).
  • Includes a circular letter from Fr Thomas J Martin SJ, Jesuit Foreign Missions, 20 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 concerning the death of Fr Daniel Byrne SJ following a car accident (19 May 1964, 2pp).
  • Includes a memorandum written by the Superior of the Mission Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, St. Mary's Catholic Church, PO Box 218, Choma, Northern Rhodesia concerning the addition to the residence at St. Ignatius, Lusaka (25 September 1964, 2pp).
  • Includes a copy of a memorandum written by the Superior of the Mission Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, concerning the manpower problem in the Chikuni mission (16 October 1964, 3pp).
  • Includes a report of the Religious Superiors Association of Zambia (December 1964, 5pp).

O'Conor, Charles D, 1906-1981, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1965

A file of letters written during the year 1965 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Thomas J Martin SJ, Jesuit Foreign Mission, 20 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 to the Superior of the Mission Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, concerning the finances of the Chikuni Mission (27 March 1965, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Superior of the Mission Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, St. Mary's Catholic Church, PO Box 218, Choma, Northern Rhodesia to Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ concerning the timetable of Fr. General's visit to Zambia (22 December 1965, 2pp).

O'Loghlen, Desmond, 1918-2003, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between Mission Office & Zambia

File of correspondence relating to finance between Frs Thomas J. Martin SJ and Vincent Murphy SJ, Mission Office, Dublin and Irish Jesuits in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) including Jesuits William Lee, Joseph Gill, Daniel Byrne, Louis Meagher, Tom Cooney, Des O'Loghlen, James Carroll, John J. O'Leary, Eddie Murphy and John Counihan concerning finance (1951-1978). Includes notes concerning statement of Principal Expenses (1949-1954); annual accounts (1951-1952; 1956-1957; 1965-1966) of Northern Rhodesia / Zambia; contents and financial details of material (trunks) sent to Zambia and procedure for travelling to Northern Rhodesia / Zambia (1956-1963); list of Jesuits who departed for Zambia (1965-1966); Zambia Province Fund (1986).

Diary kept by Fr Edward Murphy SJ during the voyage to Australia

Diary kept by Fr Edward Murphy SJ during the voyage to Australia. Includes a covering letter from Fr Murphy, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia to Fr Thomas Brown SJ explaining that Fr Sturzo SJ encouraged him to keep the diary and he wishes Fr Provincial to have the account of the journey. Remarks 'On the whole Australia is a delightful mission and what so many object to namely the sea voyage out is positive pleasure - I never enjoyed six weeks more in my life than the "life on the ocean wave" '.

Murphy, Edward, 1829-1886, Jesuit priest

Fr Gahan's wish to administer to the Catholic population on the Isle of Man

Letter from James Duff, Liverpool to Rev. Matthew J. Gahan SJ, Hardwicke Street Chapel, Dublin seeking confirmation of Fr Gahan's wish to administer to the Catholic population on the Isle of Man. Remarks that he has been in contact with the Bishop who agreed to appoint Fr Gahan to the post as long as his own Bishop agrees.

Duff, James

Further letter from Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial

Letter from Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ, Chikuni, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial John R MacMahon SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin imploring him to respond to his request for Irish Jesuits to be sent to the mission (1p). With airgraph copy.

Zabdyr, Ladislaus, 1890-1968, Jesuit priest and missioner

Informationes for Br Vincent Johnson SJ

'Informationes' for Br Vincent Johnson SJ and copy letter from St Francis Xavier Residence, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin indicating that materiel sent is incomplete.

Johnson, Vincent, 1890-1978, Jesuit brother

Letter concerning the Irish Province decision to send Irish Jesuits to Northern Rhodesia

Letter from Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ, Chikuni, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial John R MacMahon SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin concerning the news that the Irish Province is to send Irish Jesuits to Northern Rhodesia. Explains the situation in the mission. Remarks 'Any man that can be spared and is willing to come will be welcome because at any time one can expect that some one of those still at work here may break down…'.

Zabdyr, Ladislaus, 1890-1968, Jesuit priest and missioner

Letter concerning the length of time the Jesuit schools in Australia have been operating as secondary schools

Letter from W. F. Butler and Tomas O Muirgeasa, Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, 1 Hume Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ, St. Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin concerning the length of time the following schools have been operating as secondary schools (and reply from Fr Fahy):
St. Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney, NSW (1880);
St Aloysius College, Milson's Point, Sydney (1904);
Xavier College, Kew, Melbourne (1879) and
St. Patrick's College, Melbourne (1874).

Fahy, John, 1874-1958, Jesuit priest

Letter concerning the two fathers setting out from Ireland to establish the Australian Mission

Letter from the Irish Fr Provincial Edmund O'Reilly SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to [ ] concerning two fathers setting out from Ireland to establish the Australian Mission (Fr William Kelly SJ and Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ). Refers to Fr Therry's brother in Cork who has agreed to co-operate in anyway so that the Jesuit fathers may secure their bequest.

O'Reilly, Edmund J, 1811-1878, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Michael Watson SJ concerning news about various members of the Australian Mission of the Irish Province who have died

Letter from Fr Michael Watson SJ, St Francis Xavier's College, Kew, near Melbourne, Australia to the Irish Novices concerning news about various members of the Australian Mission of the Irish Province who have died. They include Frs Aloysius Kranewitter, James Joyce, Bros. John O'Flynn, William Aloysius Wrigley, Michael Goodwin and Archbishop Steins.

Watson, Michael J, 1845-1931, Jesuit priest

Letter from Archbishop Mannix to Irish Fr Provincial referring to the work of the Society of Jesus in Australia

Letter from Archbishop Daniel Mannix, Raheen, Kew, Victoria to Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ thanking him for sending a copy of Fr McKenna's book on Fr Cullen. Refers to the work of the Society of Jesus in Australia and praises it making special reference to Newman College and Corpus Christi College.

Mannix, Daniel, 1864-1963, Archbishop of Melbourne

Letter from Archbishop Thomas J Carr to Fr Timothy Kenny SJ concerning Fr Kenny's visit to Australia

Letter from Archbishop Thomas J Carr, St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne to Irish Fr Provincial Timothy Kenny SJ concerning Fr Kenny's visit to Australia. Expresses his gratitude to the Jesuit Fathers for the work they have carried out. Refers to relations between himself and the Jesuit Fathers and describes them as unsatisfactory until Fr Kenny's arrival. Remarks 'You have met all my representations in an open, disinterested and religious spirit. You have framed wise and salutary regulations...You have carried out...the whole object of your mission in a very successful manner.'

Carr, Thomas Joseph, 1839-1917, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne

Letter from Archbishop Thomas J Carr to Fr Timothy Kenny SJ him thanking him for his letter

Copy letter from Archbishop Thomas J Carr, St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne to Irish Fr Provincial Timothy Kenny SJ thanking Fr Kenny for his letter and expresses the wish that the work of the Jesuit Fathers in the Archdiocese will be a 'great gain both to the diocese and to all their works. This is certainly my wish and desire as I know it is yours.'

Carr, Thomas Joseph, 1839-1917, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne

Letter from Bishop Penswick to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ on a potential visit to the Isle of Man

Letter from Bishop Penswick, Liverpool to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, Isle of Man concerning a visit he had intended to make to the island. Remarks that because the habeas corpus act has not been sanctioned by the legislators he is going to postpone his visit. Remarks 'I have often thought of you and even expected to be in a situation to relieve your wants; whenever my hopes are realised I will not overlook you.'

Penswick, Thomas, 1772-1836, Roman Catholic Bishop

Letter from Bishop Thomas Penswick, Liverpool to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ

Letter from Thomas Penswick, Liverpool to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, Douglas, Isle of Man concerning a conveyance he obtained in Ireland from William MacPharlan which he gave to Frances Duff, Isle of Man to have it legally completed. Remarks that this was never done and that he feels the conveyance is, as a result, of no value. Remarks 'You will use your own discretion in your settlement with the General (Goldie), his demands can never be very overwhelming.'

Penswick, Thomas, 1772-1836, Roman Catholic Bishop

Letter from Brother Aubury, De La Salle Retreat, Castletown, Queen's County concerning a foundation of Christian Brothers in Australia

Letter from Brother Aubury, De La Salle Retreat, Castletown, Queen's County (County Offaly) to Fr John Ryan SJ Gardiner Street, Dublin concerning a foundation of Christian Brothers in Australia. Remarks that he raised the matter a number of years ago with his superiors who were not supportive of the proposal. Continues '...I fear it would be rash for me to hold out hopes of being able to offer Your Reverence a community of Brothers for your interesting schools for a few years to come.'

Maher, Martin, 1861-1942, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Augutus Fleury SJ, Port Darwin to concerning his life and work in Australia

Letter from Fr Augutus Fleury SJ, Port Darwin to Irish Fr Provincial Timothy Kenny SJ concerning his life and work in Australia. Remarks 'You may perhaps desire to hear some particulars about our living in our exile of Palmerston...we are in good health in spite of the great heat; yet I long for leaving this country and be again among ours where I could live a better conventual life than we do here'.

Fleury, Augustin, 1855-1931, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Charles Aylmer SJ, Palermo, Italy to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, 14 Clarendon Street, Dublin

Letter from Mr Charles Aylmer SJ, Palermo, Italy to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, 14 Clarendon Street, Dublin describing life amongst the community in Palermo and his work. Refers to Fr Gahan's work in Ireland. Remarks 'You cannot but be well persuaded of the interest we must all take in history of the commencement and progress of our little Irish Province. We have received no information whatever on this subject, and only know that three of you are actually in Dublin'. Remarks that both himself and Fr St. Leger have been ordained. Concludes 'Give me some account of your situation, employment etc. - but remember I do not mean to gratify curiosity; I only wish as much as may satisfy my affection and regard for you all and my zeal for the cause in which you have been the first to embark. Storms may assail you, but you know they are a distinctive mark of every good undertaking.'

Aylmer, Charles, 1786-1849, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Charles Aylmer SJ, Rome to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, Clongowes Wood, Naas

Letter from Fr Charles Aylmer SJ, Rome, Italy to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, Clongowes Wood, Naas, Kildare concerning domestic issues in Rome. Refers to a group of Polish fathers who are destined for Clongowes but remarks that he does not know when they will commence their journey. Refers to the General Congregation and the naming of the new Fr. General. Remarks 'You have no idea of all the imbroglios which I have witnessed here; men are men everywhere. I have so little that could edify you on the subject that I judge it more prudent not to enter upon it.' Asks to be remembered to members of the community in Clongowes Wood.

Aylmer, Charles, 1786-1849, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Eustace Boylan SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning his manuscript on the life of Fr Henry Fegan SJ

Letter from Fr Eustace Boylan SJ, Canisius College, Pymble, NSW, Australia to Irish Fr Provincial concerning his manuscript on the life of Fr Fegan SJ. Asks if the manuscript has been passed by the censors. Remarks that if the manuscript is not to be published he would like it to be returned.

Boylan, Eustace, 1869-1953, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Francis O'Brien SJ to Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ on the question of whether Australia should become a Vice-Province

Letter from Fr Francis O'Brien SJ (Rector), St Aloysius College, Milson's Point, Sydney to Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ concerning Mr William Hughes, a member of the St Aloysius College Community, the question of whether Australia should become a Vice-Province, a retreat he gave in Brisbane during which the Archbishop (Dr Duhig) referred to the Society's refusal of his invitation to open a college in Brisbane. Refers finally to the possibility of a college in New Zealand.

Letter from Fr Francis X. O'Brien SJ, St Aloysius College, Milson's Point, Sydney, NSW to Irish Provincial Fr concerning Fr Michael Morrison, his assignment to Australia

Letter from Fr Francis X. O'Brien SJ, Headmaster, St Aloysius College, Milson's Point, Sydney, NSW to Irish Provincial Fr John R. MacMahon SJ concerning Fr Michael Morrison, his demobilisation from the army and his assignment to Australia.

O'Brien, Francis X, 1881-1974, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Letter from Fr George Kelly SJ, St Mary's Presbytery, North Sydney, Australia concerning a letter written by a priest in Rome

Letter from Fr George Kelly SJ, St Mary's Presbytery, North Sydney, Australia to Irish Fr Provincial J Murphy SJ concerning a letter written by a priest in Rome 'which has been taken up amongst certain laymen who are in the confidence of Ecclesiastical circles.' Refers to a Cardinal Moran and remarks '...there has been much gossip about the probability of his remaining in Rome.' Refers to Fr [Michael] Dooley and remarks 'It had been...a matter of public notoriety and some amusement amongst Ours that for years Fr Dooley has been in the habit of writing constantly to Propaganda...about anything...in the Ecclesiastical world and lately...about the Cardinal's future.' Includes a note written by Fr Provincial concerning a meeting he had with Cardinal Moran about the letter.

Kelly, George, 1847-1934, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr James O'Dwyer SJ to Irish Fr Provincial

A file of letters from Fr James O'Dwyer SJ to Fr Provincial. Many of the letters refer to Xavier College and the administration of the school e.g. teaching staff, subjects taught, equipment needed (laboratory/scientific materials), finances. Includes a letter referring to the Premiership in football '...which we won last Thursday from the Scotch - you would think it was a reversal of the Battle of the Boyne.' (26 August 1910, 2pp). Includes a letter enclosing the Rector's report of Xavier College, Kew (27 December 1911, 2 items). Includes a letter referring to the war. Remarks 'As I write from this side of the globe we hardly know whether the British Empire is still standing. We still hope the sea is clear - but we are really being kept in the dark. All we know is that Germany is pressing on and Namar has fallen. We know that the Holy Father and Father General are dead and Franz Joseph is dying.' (25 August 1914, 5pp). Includes a letter discussing the opening of Newman College. Remarks that the prestige of the Society is at stake and suitable men must be appointed to it, particularly the position of Rector. (17 see also June 1917, 7pp). Includes a letter referring to a crisis that has occurred over the opening of Newman College. Remarks that Fr Superior (Fr Ryan SJ) has raised queries over the amount of money to be paid to the Jesuits, a sum he (Fr Ryan) regards to be too little. Remarks 'The trouble is we cannot exactly see what Fr Ryan's position is. He has a vague fear that he is outwitted by Dr Mannix and a vague recollection of possible better terms from Dr Carr at a time when more money was expected to come in and when the cost of building was lower...You may remember that one of my reasons for pressing you to visit Australia was that I held that Fr Ryan was not the man to do business with Dr Mannix. There is a temperamental difference between them. Dr M. thinks Fr Ryan shifty and Fr Ryan thinks Dr. M. most exacting.' (15 October 1917, 6pp). Includes two letters referring to the appointment of Fr Power SJ to the position of Rector of Newman College and how this was achieved. Expresses his extreme disappointment and annoyance at being put in a very embarrassing situation. Points out that everybody assumed he (Fr O'Dwyer) would be appointed even though he accepts that no official confirmation of this was sent by Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V Nolan SJ). Remarks 'Newman College Council met...only laymen were present. It was before Fr Power's name was disclosed to the public and I was greeted as Rector by the members...When Dr. M entered the room business was begun by asking for information re Rector. Then to the consternation of all he repeated your cable to him without any word to his council, without a hint to me, over the heads of the Mission CCs. I was publicly repudiated and humiliated not only by my own superiors (which might be considered part of the game) but by Dr M. acting as superior of Ours.' Concludes 'I have been rejected and snubbed so often by superiors and have always found myself so much better off as the result, that I have great trust in Providence. I should never have got to Australia if Fr J. Murphy had not turned me out of CWC (Clongowes Wood College) as a dangerous character. And I should not have got to Melbourne...if Fr Ryan had not declared me unfit for Riverview...All that does not prevent me from writing strongly...nor prevent me from saying again that my poor efforts for the Society in Australia deserved more consideration.' (23 February 1918, 3pp & 3 July 1918, 6pp).

O'Dwyer, James, 1860-1925, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr John J. Nerney SJ, The Queen's Work, A Magazine of Catholic Activities, 3220 Russell Avenue, Saint Louis to Irish Fr Provincial

Letter from Fr John J. Nerney SJ, The Queen's Work, A Magazine of Catholic Activities, 3220 Russell Avenue, Saint Louis to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V. Nolan SJ concerning his visit to America to observe the work of the magazine so that he can start a similar enterprise in Australia.

Nerney, John, 1879-1962, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr John McEncroe to Rev. R. Healy concerning the administration of St John's College

Letter from Fr John McEncroe to Rev. R. Healy concerning the administration of St John's College. Remarks that the fellows of the College have 'expressed their 'unanimous' wish and desire to procure, if possible, a member of your Society for this important office'.

McEncroe, John, 1794-1868, Catholic priest and archdeacon

Letter from Fr John Stephen Bourke SJ, St Patrick's College, East Melbourne, Australia to Fr Thomas Wheeler SJ, Dublin, Ireland

Letter from Fr John S. Bourke SJ, St Patrick's College, East Melbourne to Fr Thomas Wheeler SJ, Dublin, Ireland concerning news from Australia. Expresses concern over Fr Patrick Tighe's landing in Australia. Remarks 'consumptives are not admitted nowadays and three who came as far as Fremantle with us were turned back there.'

Bourke, John Stephen, 1876-1969, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Joseph Clery SJ to Irish Fr Provincial urging him to send out a visitor

Letter from Joseph Clery SJ, The Presbytery, North Shore to Irish Fr Provincial James Tuite SJ urging him to send out a visitor as soon as possible. Remarks '...nothing short of a visitorial inspection by a "visitor" such as I have described will meet the difficulty, will elicit "the truth - the whole truth" '.

Clery, Joseph, 1837-, former Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney concerning the proposal to sell St Aloysius College

Letter from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney to Fr Patrick Keating SJ concerning the proposal to sell St Aloysius College. Suggests selling Loyola instead and keeping St Aloysius College as a novitiate, a mission house and house of studies.

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney to Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ, remarking that he cannot send anybody else out to help in New Zealand.

Letter from Fr Joseph Dalton SJ (Superior of the Mission), St Ignatius College, Riverview, Hunter's Hill, Sydney to Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ (Superior), New Zealand remarking that he cannot send anybody else out to help in New Zealand. Details health of Jesuit scholastics and Jesuits.

Dalton, Joseph, 1817-1905, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Joseph Tappeiner SJ to Fr Nicholas Walsh SJ concerning the prospect of two Jesuit Fathers being sent out to Norwood

Letter from Fr Joseph Tappeiner SJ, Superior of the Austro-Hungarian Mission, St. Ignatius, Norwood to Fr Nicholas Walsh SJ concerning the prospect of two Jesuit Fathers being sent out to Norwood. Expresses his satisfaction at the news and advises that the Fathers should be young men. Remarks 'We find that it is always more difficult for men whose habits are already formed to get into the way of colonial life.'

Tappeiner, Joseph, 1820-1882, Jesuit priest and missionary

Letter from Fr Patrick Connolly SJ to his Irish Fr Provincial, urging him to consider taking over the Jesuit Mission of Northern Rhodesia

Letter from Fr Patrick J Connolly SJ, 35 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin urging him to consider taking over the Jesuit Mission of Northern Rhodesia from the Polish Province. Remarks 'The mission is a going concern: to take it over would cost nothing save in man-power. It has its residences, chapels, schools, landed property (some thousands of acres waiting to be exploited)'.

Connolly, Patrick J, 1875-1951 Jesuit priest and editor

Letter from Fr Thomas Cahill SJ, Bathurst to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ

Letter from Fr Thomas Cahill SJ, Bathurst to Fr Joseph Dalton SJ asking him to write to the Irish Fr Provincial on a matter discussed by Fr Cahill and Fr Dalton. Remarks that he has been suffering from ill health and has been unable to give the triduum to the nuns of Bathurst.

Cahill, Thomas, 1827-1908, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Thomas Gartlan SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the Australian Mission

A file of letters from Fr Thomas Gartlan SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the Australian Mission, his position as Rector of St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney (appointed 15 July 1913). Includes a letter referring to the seismological observatory. Remarks that capable men are needed to take charge of the observatory '...Fr Pigot is doing his best to get away - to Japan I think - and in any case - though very capable - he is such a bundle of nerves - that he cannot deal properly with any assistant he engages to help him. In consequence of this and his own very indifferent health - the observatory work is hopelessly in arrears. Moreover for want of funds we have been unable to roof in properly the seismological tunnel...' (24 August 1911, 4pp). Includes a letter referring to a grant from the NSW government to Fr Pigot for the purchase of a new Russian seismograph. (5 September 1916, 1p).

Gartlan, Thomas, 1853-1942, Jesuit priest

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