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‘Vindication of Stonyhurst by Fr Plowden in 1819’

Copy of letter from Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Addressed to English prelates. Refers to the suppression of the Society, to the establishment of Stonyhurst as a seminary to supply missioners to other parts of the English province, and to the papal brief obtained by the College from Pope Pius VI. States that, in spite of this brief, restrictions were placed on the members of the College, which forced each of them to serve the mission in his own native vicariate, and prevented them from being presented to ‘a different V.A.’. Refers to reports spread by Sir Hippesley and others, which had a negative impact on Stonyhurst, and to other complaints against the institution, including that made by Dr Gregory Stapleton. States that a papal decree re-confirmed the rights of Stonyhurst, and explains that this document may not have been communicated to his (Plowden’s) present addressees.

Plowden, Charles, 1743-1821, Jesuit priest, teacher and writer

'Actus Generalis ex Universa Theologia'

Actus Generalis ex Universa Theologia, die 30 Junii 1893, (defendet P. Josephus Jouanen). Defence by Josephus Jouanen of his theological studies. at the Aula Maxima, University College. Includes letters to Fr Peter Finlay SJ concerning his organisation of the ‘Grand Act’ (a theological debate) which took place in the Aula Maxima of University College, Stephen’s Green on 30 June 1893 (4 May-16 July 1893, 9 items) and newspaper extracts concerning ‘The Grand Act’ (29 June-1 July 1893, 3 items).

Jouanen, Joseph, 1860-1952, Jesuit priest

Anonymous letter concerning Fr Eddie Kent's involvement in trade dispute

Anonymous letter concerning Fr Eddie Kent's involvement in trade dispute - signed as 'well wisher' to Fr [ ] concerning Fr Eddie Kent SJ and his involvement as an arbitrator in a trade union dispute. Remarks 'It is common talk that the present building trade strike would not have occurred if the publican's assistant has not already broken the national agreement...Father Kent instead of urging the union to keep the national agreement, as arbitrator gave the increase which started the whole breakaway from the agreement'.

Appointment of Fr Frank Browne SJ as an Honorary Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class

  • IE IJA J/7/8
  • File
  • 14 March & 25 August 1919; 14 September 1921
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Documents found among the papers of Fr Willie Doyle SJ (with whom Fr Browne briefly served as chaplain), collated by Fr Charles Doyle SJ, concerning Fr Frank Browne SJ. Includes telegrams to Robert Browne, Bishop of Cloyne (14 March & 25 August 1919) concerning Fr Browne & circular letter from the War Office to Fr Browne, St Francis Xavier’s, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, informing him of his appointment as an Honorary Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class ‘as from 1st Sept. 1921 on which date your commission as a temporary Chaplain to the Forces ceased to have effect.’ (14 September 1921).

British Army, 1660-

Article by Fr Arthur Little SJ rejected by the censors

A file relating to an article by Fr Arthur Little SJ rejected by the censors. Includes a letter from Fr Arthur Little SJ, St Stanislaus College, Tullamore, County Offaly to Irish Fr Provincial stating that he wishes the article to be sent for censorship to Rome ‘I have no desire to get anyone into trouble so I shall only communicate with the English Assistant. If he upholds the censors having read their remarks I can only apologise for taking badly what turns out to be a fair verdict.’ (4 September 1938, 3pp).

Aubrey Gwynn asking his father to become a Jesuit

Letter from Aubrey Gwynn to his father asking for leave to become a Jesuit ([June 1910], 4pp) and his father’s reply, urging him to wait at least until Aubrey reaches twenty-one before he makes such a momentous decision (20 June [1910], 4pp).

Gwynn, Aubrey, 1892-1983, Jesuit priest and academic

Biographical information and military documents concerning Fr Cyril Perrott SJ

Biographical information, obituaries and memorial card of Fr Cyril Perrott SJ (4 items). Military file 3601/CH(RC) which contains various documents belonging to Fr Cyril Perrott taken from Irish Provincialate (2010). Includes:

  • 6 black and white photographs of unknown people (perhaps niece and brother who lived in Western Australia, and brother who was a Jesuit in Western Australia);
  • details of his successful application for rate of pay increase;
  • release certificate;
  • details of medical prescription;
  • receipt for demand for civilian clothing;
  • document outlining principles and priestly duties;
  • tax requests;
  • request and reply for contingency allowance;
  • documents outlining ration cards and national registration on return to the United Kingdom and instructions to personnel released or invalided during release period to Eire who are granted leave with pay and who are eligible for medical attendance etc, under army regulations (1945/46);
  • claim for award of 1939/45 Star/Burma Star/Defence Medal;
  • obituary (1952);
  • card to be shown by celebret whenever a Chaplain wishes to say Mass;
  • officers’ kit insurance;
  • copy of gospel in funeral Mass and
  • letters from Captain George P. Grossmith.

Perrott, Cyril, 1904-1952, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Biographical information Fr John Ffrench SJ

  • IE IJA J/148/1
  • File
  • 6 February 1854 - 31 May 1878; 20 September 1983
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Biographical information Fr John Ffrench SJ which includes 'A few particulars relative to the Hon. and Rev. John Ffrench SJ', Dolllard, Printinghouse, Dublin (1887), 'Memoirs of Father Ffrench of the Society of Jesus', Manresa Press, Roehampton (1898) and copy of a letter from Fr Ffrench, St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, County Offaly to Mother Ursula Querk, Ursuline Convent, St Joseph's, Sligo concerning his nephew's accident and his cure due to the intercession of (6 February 1854, 4pp), with note from Sr. M. St. Dominic, Ursuline Convent, St Joseph's, Sligo (20 September 1983).

Biographical information on Br William Glanville SJ

  • IE IJA J/165/1
  • File
  • 2 August 1944 - 6 March 1984
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Biographical information on Br William Glanville SJ and correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials. Includes a photograph of Br William Glanville SJ and Fr Sean Noonan SJ, September 1957, and mortuary card.

Biographical information on Fr Michael Bergin SJ

Biographical information on Fr Michael Bergin SJ, M.C., (Province of Lyons) chaplain to Australian forces. Includes:
– extract on Fr Michael Bergin SJ from the Australian Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 7, p.274 (n.d., 1p.);
– pamphlet entitled A Happy Warrior: Being a Sketch of the Life of Father M. Bergin SJ by Patrick J. Gannon SJ (1934, 2 copies, 19pp each);
– letter from Mr Graham Wilson (late of the Australian army) to Fr Stephen Redmond SJ (Assistant Archivist to the Irish Province) on Fr Michael Bergin’s military career and death in action on 12 October 1917, enclosing photocopy of a colour photograph of his grave (25 June 1996, 2 items);
– article on Fr Michael Bergin SJ entitled ‘Trooper Bergin SJ’ by Graham Wilson and Joe Crumlin (1997, 28pp);
– photocopy of obituary and photograph of Fr Bergin from the Irish Press (3 April 1933, 1p.);
– letters from various French and Syrian Jesuits on Fr Bergin and letter from Fr Bergin’s cousin Michael S. Bergin (solicitor) to Fr Farley SJ following his visit to Fr Bergin’s grave. Encloses photograph of grave (23 June 1923, 2 items);
– ‘A son of St. Patrick: memoir of Fr Michael Bergin SJ’ 1933 by Sister Sophie (his sister);
– exhibition curated by the Irish Jesuit Archives on Fr Michael Bergin SJ at Roscrea Library, Tipperary (October 2017) with invite and exhibition panels (by Alan Dunne); comment book; newspaper and website articles; details of Fancroft Mill and Gardens, Roscrea;
– copies of letters sent by Elaine O'Doherty (great grand-niece of Fr Michael Bergin SJ) found in the family’s possession (2017). Note from Fr Michael Bergin SJ to Lill (6 October 1917);
– copy of letter from Senior Australian Chaplain to Sister Madeline Sophie (15 November 1917) and a letter from Fr John Delaney SJ to Sister Madeline Sophie (December 1917).

Gannon, Patrick J, 1879-1953, Jesuit priest

Biographical material concerning David Woulfe SJ

Biographical material concerning David Woulfe SJ. Includes

  • typescript on his life, by Fr James Stephenson SJ (n.d., 13pp);
  • correspondence collected by Fr Stephenson in the course of research for the article (19 February - 26 October 1953, 4 items) - letter from Mary, Hartfiled, Santo Amaro, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal, Margaret Woulfe, Kerry and Joseph Ranson, Salamanca;
  • notes and letter compiled by Fr John MacErlean SJ on Fr Woulfe (1929, 4pp);
  • reprint 'The Last Years of a Confessor of the Faith, Father David Wolf' from 'Archivium Historicum Societatis Jesu', vol. XV, 1946 (15pp);
  • journal of notes made by Richard Woulfe, Dromlought, Lisselton, County Kerry, intended to comprise a ‘short and incomplete family history’;
  • biographical notes on Fr Woulfe, copies of correspondence, letters contributed to various newspapers by Maurice Woulfe (5 Bolton Street, Clonmel) on Woulfe family history (1904 – 1928) and copies of letters of Dr T. Woulfe of Bruff, County Kerry (1923-1924) (25 November 1935, c76pp);
  • draft typescript entitled ‘Unpublished Letter of Father David Wolf’ by Fr Manuel da Costa SJ (Portuguese Jesuit and historian). Foreword in English (3pp); letter (October 1568) in Latin to the Bishop of Killala, Redmond O'Gallaghair, written when Fr Woulfe was in jail in Dublin Castle, describing the events of 1566 – ‘68 (n.d., 24pp);
  • article on David Wolfe SJ and
  • article by Fr Thomas Morrissey SJ, 'The Career and Problem of David Wolfe, 1528-1579? Jesuit, and Papal Commissary to Ireland', NMAJ, vol. 47, 2007, pp21-37.

Br James Kavanagh SJ

  • IE IJA J/196
  • File
  • 28 May 1932 - 14 March 1982
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Br James Kavanagh SJ including admission details, catalogue entry, correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials and mortuary card.

Kavanagh, James, 1910-1982, Jesuit brother

Br Peter Foley SJ

  • IE IJA J/152
  • File
  • 2 July 1924 -19 July 1943
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to the entry of Br Peter Foley SJ into the society, final vows and medical note.

Foley, Peter, 1891-1968, Jesuit brother

Circular letter from Irish Fr Provincial Laurence Kieran SJ concerning Fr General's wish that scholastic philosophy be introduced into Jesuit secondary schools

Circular letter from Irish Fr Provincial Laurence Kieran SJ (Gardiner Street) to Fr Rector concerning Fr General's wish that scholastic philosophy be introduced into Jesuit secondary schools. Remarks that a committee was formed to discuss the matter. Concludes 'Hence I wish all our college Rectors when opportunity offers to suggest and if possible urge the introduction of scholastic philosophy as an alternative subject for the L.C. examination…'

Kieran, Laurence J, 1881-1945, Jesuit priest

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

Copies of a letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Fr Mozzi at the Gesú in Rome

Two copies of a letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Fr Mozzi at the Gesú in Rome. A note explains that ‘it being judged hazardous to direct it to Rome it was sent to Rotterdam in the autumn of 1808’ to be forwarded to the Fr General in St Petersburg. The subject is property belonging to the Society in Dublin (In Latin with small summary in English).

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

Copies of correspondence between John Maxwell, Headquarters, Irish Command, Park Gate Street and the Bishop of Limerick

Copies of correspondence between John Maxwell, Headquarters, Irish Command, Park Gate Street and the Bishop of Limerick, Edward Thomas O'Dwyer concerning two priests in the diocese of Limerick. In a letter from Maxwell to the Bishop he remarks ‘I consider (the priests) to be a dangerous menace to the peace and safety of the realm and had these priests been layman they would already have been placed under arrest.’ (6 May 1916, 2pp).

Copies of Irish ‘Informationes’ transcribed from the ‘Codex Novitiorum’ and ‘Informationes Novitiorum’

Copies of Irish ‘Informationes’ transcribed from the ‘Codex Novitiorum’ and ‘Informationes Novitiorum’ kept at Galloro, Roman Province. Sent with covering letter (12 February 1933, 1p) by Fr Denis Nerney SJ to Fr John MacErlean SJ. Includes ‘Informationes Novitiorum Hib. S.J. in Tirocino Romano, 1826 - 1841’ (in Italian, 6pp) and extracts from the Codex Novitiorum, 1565 – 1586 (in Latin, 7pp).

Copies of letters from Rome to English Province re: funds for Irish Jesuits

Copies of letters from Rome to English Province re. funds for Irish Jesuits. Includes letters from Frs. Angiolini, Tadeusz Brzozowski, de Zuñiga, and to Frs Marmaduke Stone, William Strickland. Also includes a copy of a letter from Patrick Aloysius Drinan in the Roman College, to Fr Kenn[e]y, on, amongst other subjects, Irish Jesuits in Rome. (In Latin, French and English)

Copies of three letters from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ and discusses the six young Irish novices sent to Palermo, Italy

Copies of three letters from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Discusses the six young Irish novices sent to Palermo, and singles out Fr Peter Kenney SJ for special praise, as well as Fr Thomas Glover SJ. (In Italian and Latin).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, 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 correspondence between James Campbell and Messrs. Blount, Lynch and Petre concerning the charges on Garrisker and the rate

  • IE IJA J/38/5
  • Item
  • 31 March - 6 April 1886
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Copy correspondence between James Campbell, 10 Inns Quay, Dublin and Messrs. Blount, Lynch and Petre, Fitzalan House, Arundel Street, Strand, London concerning the charges on Garrisker and the rate of six per cent. Remarks that Mr. A. D. Nicolls is anxious for a settlement (31 March 1886).

Blount, Lynch and Petre, solicitors

[Copy] letter from Fr John Conmee SJ in Rome to a ‘Mr. Keogh’

[Copy] letter from Fr John Conmee SJ in Rome to a ‘Mr. Keogh’, thanking him for sending Fr Conmee some shamrock for St. Patrick’s day. Also remarks ‘I am…beginning to long for a sight of old Erin and dear old Gardiner Street, and Father Bannon’s righthand man and coadjutor, Mr. Keogh. I saw the Holy Father for the third time yesterday…He is the most good natured man you ever saw, full of simplicity and holiness and warm heartedness; and he was greatly interested in all we were doing in the Church. I am glad you report so favourably of Father Bannon’s health. All the same I think it would do him good to have a change after his many colds and bronchitis.’

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 letter from Rev James Tuite SJ, Irish Provincial to Fr James A. Cullen concerning Fr Cullen’s entrance to the noviceship

Copy letter from Rev James Tuite SJ, Irish Provincial, Milltown Park, Dublin to Fr James A. Cullen concerning Fr Cullen’s entrance to the noviceship and reminding him to obtain his “letteres dimissoriales” from Dr Warren. Remarks that he hopes to be able to secure a place on the continent. Refers also to the issue of money and remarks ‘We have not any shares in Banks nor do we want our money in that way.’ Suggests that the shares should be transferred to Fr Cullen’s name, sold and reinvested.

Tuite, James, 1831-1891, Jesuit priest

Copy letters from Fr Richard Devane SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to Eamon de Valera concerning the cinema in Ireland

Copy letters from Fr Richard Devane SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to Eamon de Valera (President of the Assembly) concerning the cinema in Ireland. Requests Mr de Valera to meet a deputation of people to '...put formally before you a request for a full enquiry into the film problem.' Remarks that other countries have addressed this issue and have '...already done much to secure that the cinema be developed along positive and constructive lines in the best interests of their peoples...'

Copy letters written by Fr John Hyde SJ to Irish Fr Provincial and Fr Socius

  • IE IJA J/37/5
  • File
  • 4 January 1927 - 16 April 1970
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of copy letters written by Fr John Hyde SJ to Irish Fr Provincial and Fr Socius. Includes a letter from [ ] to John [ ] concerning the letters. Remarks '...(I) would prefer you to keep them (the letters) to yourself until I see Joe. Talk about a personal style!' (n.d., 1p).

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 Irish Fr Provincial to Fr John MacSheahan SJ concerning a proposal for the Jesuits in Galway to take over the running of a hostel

Copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr John MacSheahan SJ (Superior) concerning a proposal for the Jesuits in Galway to take over the running of a hostel and the possibility of opening a preparatory school.

Fahy, John, 1874-1958, Jesuit priest

Copy of a letter from James Marshall, Richmond House, Roehampton Park SW, London, England to Cardinal Newman concerning his return to Africa

Xerox copy of a letter from James Marshall, Richmond House, Roehampton Park SW, London, England to Cardinal Newman concerning his return to Africa '...sorely against what I may call my "home" feelings.' Remarks that he was asked by Lord Aberdare to accept the position of Chief Justice of Nigeria but for personal reasons he refused this offer and instead agreed to take on the responsibility of organising a judicial system '...on the distinct understanding that I might come away as soon as I liked. This I have accepted on the condition I was to take out a barrister with me who would take up the post when I left.' Continues 'My thoughts at once turned to barristers who had been at the Oratory School...it is now settled and arranged that Mr. W. V. Kane of the Dublin Bar and an O.S. boy is to go out with me and remain as C(hief) J(ustice).' Asks for Cardinal Newman's blessing.

Marshall, Sir, James, 1829-1889, former Scottish Anglican clergyman and Chief Justice of the Gold Coast

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…'

Copy of an original letter from Edmund Rice to Fr Peter Kenney SJ, Clongowes Wood College, County Kildare asking for news from Clongowes

Typed text from a copy of an original letter from Edmund Rice to Fr Peter Kenney SJ, Clongowes Wood College, County Kildare asking for news from Clongowes. Remarks that he and others are confused '...on account of this Roman Rescript on the Veto.' Continues 'It is considered here that the treatment was most contemptible to the Irish Bishops, Clergy and people.' Refers to Fr St Leger's family who '...are teasing me to write to you to know do you expect him. The Bishop told me it would be well to know as if there was no expectation of him that the matter should be broken to his poor mother.'

Rice, Edmund Ignatius, 1766-1844, religious and educator

Copy of excerpt from Fr Marmaduke Stone’s reply to Archbishop Troy’s letter of 31 March 1808

Copy of excerpt from Fr Marmaduke Stone’s reply to Archbishop Troy’s letter of 31 March 1808. Expresses surprise and dismay at the latter’s actions and emphasises that his (Stone’s) letter to Troy was written in confidence. Claims that he knows of no ex-Jesuits who maintain that their Society is canonically re-established in the British Dominions. Refers to a ‘severe letter’ received by him from Cardinal Borgia in relation to the matter. This document also contains copies of correspondence between Cardinal di Pietro and Fr Stone, which are described separately.

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Archbishop Troy stating that no surviving Irish ex-Jesuits are at liberty to dispose of their property

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Archbishop Troy. States that neither Fr Callaghan nor any of the other surviving Irish ex-Jesuits are at liberty to dispose of their property in any other way but in favour of the Irish bishops. Refers to the claim that a Papal rescript exists, which re-establishes the Society of Jesus in the Kingdom of Ireland, in which case the property of ex-Jesuits would belong to the Society. Letter appears on the same document as a letter from Fr Thomas Betagh to Fr Stone.

Di Pietro, Michele, 1747-1821, Roman Catholic Cardinal

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ. Refers to the appeal made by the prelates of Ireland to Rome in relation to the will of the late Fr Richard Callaghan. Claims that the latter, according to an oath sworn on 23 August 1793, should have left his property to Fr Betagh, and not to Stone. Demands that Stone transmit to Rome an authentic copy of the Pope’s alleged rescript, by which Callaghan believed himself to legitimately free to dispose of the funds of the ex-Jesuits in favour of Stone (In Italian). Letter appears on same document as a copy of the reply to it from Fr Stone, and a copy of an excerpt of a letter from Fr Stone to Archbishop Troy.

Di Pietro, Michele, 1747-1821, Roman Catholic Cardinal

Copy of letter from Fr Fergal McGrath SJ to Fr Anthony Bischoff SJ concerning the books

Copy of letter from Fr Fergal McGrath SJ to Fr Anthony Bischoff SJ concerning the books, following a recent inquiry about them from Dr James Cotter, New York. ‘I gave you the news that I had found five (probably seven) of the books used or annotated by G.M Hopkins, which you so painstakingly located in 1947. You had mentioned that you had found fifteen to twenty such books. I sent you a list of all the books which I had found in the same cupboard, and asked you to let me know whether you could establish a link between any of them and Hopkins. If my letter went astray, I shall be glad to make another copy of the list.’

McGrath, Fergal P, 1895-1988, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to [ ] in which he refers to Lord George Cholmondely

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to [ ]. Refers to Lord George Cholmondely, Viscount Malpas, son of Count Cholmondely, who was sent to Palermo by his father the previous summer for medical reasons. Refers to Fr St Leger SJ and Fr Charles Aylmer SJ. (In Italian).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ and expresses his delight at the arrival in Palermo of the six novices sent by Plowden

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Expresses his delight at the arrival in Palermo of the six novices sent by Plowden. Reports that Frs Glover and Kenney did very well in their theology exams, and claims that they are the two strongest students in that field. (In Italian).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr James Maher, writing from the Irish College in Rome

Copy of letter from Fr. James Maher, writing from the Irish College in Rome, to [ ]. Sends greetings from residents of the College. Refers to Dr. Cullen, and states that he may return to Ireland on account of his health. Discusses death, sin, and the love of Jesus Christ for man. Also refers to his addressee’s health and household.

Maher, James, 1793-1874, parish priest for Carlow-Graigue

Copy of letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Cardinal di Pietro – reply to the latter’s letter of 7 October 1809

Copy of letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Cardinal di Pietro - reply to the latter’s letter of 7 October 1809. Refers to Archbishop Troy’s appeal to Rome in relation to the will of Fr Richard Callaghan, and reminds the Cardinal of the oath sworn by all English priests to renounce all pretensions of the Holy See to interfere in civil affairs within Great Britain. Also alludes to the dangers of such interference especially when the Holy See is subject to the rule of Napoleon Buonaparte. Discusses the will of Fr Callaghan in relation to the agreement made by Irish ex-Jesuits in 1793, and asserts that no promise was ever made to leave Jesuit property to the Irish prelates. (In Italian). Letter appears on same document as a copy of the one to which it replies, and a copy of an excerpt of a letter from Fr Stone to Archbishop Troy.

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ in Palermo to Fr Thomas Glover SJ and expresses delight that the latter returned safely to Stonyhurst

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ in Palermo to Fr Thomas Glover SJ. Expresses delight that the latter returned safely to Stonyhurst. Reports the death of Cogan on 15 October. Reminds him to send a book for the Prince of Butera. Refers to the landing of French troops, the defence effort by the Sicilians, and the subsequent surrender of some French, and the flight of others back to Naples, upon the arrival of the British troops. States that Paccanari ‘has taken a wife & walks the streets of Rome with her with shameless effrontery.’ Expresses the fear that the Irish have complained of him (Kenney) ‘for having led F. Stone astray’.

Kenney, Peter J, 1779-1841, Jesuit priest and educator

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ dealing with the misunderstanding surrounding the Pope’s supposed assent to the aggregation of Jesuits to Russia

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Deals with the issue of the misunderstanding surrounding the Pope’s supposed assent to the aggregation of Jesuits to Russia. Refers to the involvement of Fr Thomas Glover SJ, Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ, Cardinal Gonsalvi, Fr Gabriel Grüber, the Emperor of Russia, and others. States that Fr Angiolini advises that some Irish novices should be sent over to Palermo to make their vows, and then sent back to Ireland, in order to ensure that the property of the Irish ex-Jesuits remained with the Society.

Kenney, Peter J, 1779-1841, Jesuit priest and educator

[Copy of] letter [to] Fr Charles Plowden SJ, The writer refers to ‘our friends in Palermo’

[Copy of] letter [to] Fr Charles Plowden SJ, The writer refers to ‘our friends in Palermo’, and states that ‘relying on F. Genl’s Gruber’s assurance’ he has educated ‘many Eng & Irish to form a future British [province]’. Refers to Archbishop Troy’s interference some years before, which resulted in an order from Cardinal Michele di Pietro that Fr Callaghan was bound to leave to Troy all the property of the extinct Society.

Copy of 'The Irish Monthly’

Copy of ‘The Irish Monthly’, No. 174, Vol. XV,December 1887 published by M.H Gill & Son, with insert pp716-717 - letter from R M Levey, Violet Hill, Vico Road, Dalkey, Dublin to Dr Francis Cruise refering to Cruise's book on 'Thomas A Kempis' (14 May 1895), reviewed in said issue of ‘The Irish Monthly’. Dr Cruise name wriiten on front of ‘The Irish Monthly’.

Correspondence between Bartholomew J. Duffy and Fr Coyne SJ regarding information on Jesuits, native to the Diocese of Elphin

  • IE IJA J/40/4
  • File
  • 9 September - 20 November 1943
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of correspondence between Bartholomew J. Duffy, 82 Kenilworth Square, Rathgar, Dublin and Fr Coyne SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin regarding information on Jesuits, native to the Diocese of Elphin for a history of the Elphin Diocese by Fr M. J. Connellan (a friend of Bartholomew Duffy). Includes a request for information of Fr John Bannon SJ who was born in County Roscommon (9 September 1943, 3pp). Includes a biographical sketch of Fr Bannon, S.J. (n.d., 5pp).

Correspondence between Fr Aubrey Gwynn SJ and the Royal Irish Academy concerning his paper ‘Brian Borúma and the Mass in Irish’

  • IE IJA J/10/146
  • File
  • 23 July 1979 - 16 March 1981
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Correspondence between Fr Aubrey Gwynn SJ and the Royal Irish Academy concerning his paper ‘Brian Borúma and the Mass in Irish’ and the deposition by Fr Aubrey Gwynn SJ and Prof. Ludwig Bieler of the editorial correspondence for the series 'Scriptores Latini Hiberniae' in the Library of the R.I.A..

Gwynn, Aubrey, 1892-1983, Jesuit priest and academic

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 Fr Leonard Sheil SJ and Irish Fr Provincial on the content of Fr Sheil’s mission sermons

  • IE IJA J/16/4
  • File
  • 16 June 1936 - 30 July 1940
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Correspondence between Fr Leonard Sheil SJ and Irish Fr Provincial Laurence J. Kieran SJ on the content of Fr Sheil’s mission sermons. Includes:
– censors’ judgements on the manuscript of a sermon on ‘Sin’ by Fr Sheil (Jun 1936, 2 items); copy of summary of censors’ judgements (n.d., 2pp) and letter from Fr Sheil to the Irish Fr Provincial after receiving the censors’ reviews (24 June 1936, 2pp);
– letter from Fr Sheil in which he explains his delay in sending the Irish Fr Provincial the texts of his sermons, ‘My delay, and indeed serious negligence, has not been due, I think, to wilful disobedience, or to the opinion that they did not need censoring, but to this. I have eight fully written sermons in my drawer at present, but my dissatisfaction with them has caused me to cross out and amend lines and pages, so that none of them are yet in fit condition to send.…also…between missions my head is so tired that I am loathe to work.’ Also refers to the Sodality and the Legion of Mary (see J16/3) (12 Oct. 1936, 2pp);
– copy letter to Fr Sheil from the Irish Fr Provincial calling attention to Fr Sheil’s ‘want of prudence and discretion’ and warning him that if he continues ‘on present lines’ he may be ‘removed from the mission staff and given work in a College. With a view to rendering such a change unnecessary I forbid you in future to speak in the pulpit on questions of sex or, on general, matters relating to the VI commandment, without having first submitted your MS to the Socius for censorship. I wish also that you give up mentioning in public estimates or conjectures regarding the number of Irish emigrants who lose the faith or give up its practice’ (24 Jan. 1938, 2pp);
– note from Fr Sheil to the Irish Fr Provincial in which he lists the topics of his sermons that have been passed by the censor (12 Mar. 1940, 3pp);
– letter from Fr Tom Counihan SJ to ‘Fr. John’ in which he refers to Fr Sheil’s sermons, ‘You should have heard his sermons on sin, temptation, holyhour, family life & Holy Communion to feel utterly ashamed of the twaddle neither here nor there (sic.) No Scripture, no sound reasoning & abundance of crudity & naked realism…It is very unfortunate & I am not at all comfortable when I have to hand over an out-church to his tender mercies!’ (15 May 1940, 2pp) and
– copy letter from the Irish Fr Provincial to Fr Sheil in which he states, ‘I have been regretfully obliged to change you from the mission staff, and it is only fair that you should know the reason of this change. From information I have received from many different quarters it seems clear that you are greatly lacking in prudence in the things you say; and I cannot help thinking that if you were allowed to continue working as a missioner you would land both yourself and the Society into serious trouble…you allow your zeal to get the better of you with the result that you act contrary not only to the advice of your colleagues but also to that of your Superiors. I am afraid also that your knowledge of theology is very much wanting in accuracy…As to your work in Galway in the coming year, I must forbid you to preach anything in the Church without first having shown the MS to Fr Rector…’ (30 Jul. 1940, 2pp).

Correspondence between Irish Fr Provincial and Fr John Coyne SJ

  • IE IJA J/42/3
  • File
  • 20 August 1960 -7 May 1974
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of correspondence between Irish Fr Provincial and Fr John Coyne SJ. Includes a letter from Archbishop Adam Kozłowiecki, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Ridgeway, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, Africa to Irish Fr Provincial asking permission for Fr Coyne to come out to Africa to look after his archives and to be his companion '...I feel in great need of somebody older, detached from my daily battles and with good sense and experience who would be able to help me personally in both my decisions and my spiritual life.' (15 May 1963, 1p). Includes a letter from Fr Coyne, 85 Eglinton Road, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial concerning Monsignor A. O'Rahilly an ex Jesuit of the Irish Province. Remarks that he visited Mgr. O'Rahilly and '...I ventured to sound him on the subject of his dying as a Jesuit...' Concludes 'You might...think it worth while to meet (him)...and sound him on his desire to re-enter with us...his personal worth is...of the highest. His former allegiance to our Province as well as his continued admiration through the years of its men and its achievements might suggest to Superiors the "congruity" of his readmittance to its ranks in the closing years of his life (24 July 1969, 2pp).

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 the Air Ministry and Chaplains Branch, concerning the R.A.F.’s request for Catholic chaplains

Correspondence between the Air Ministry and Chaplains Branch,R.A.F. H.Q., Northern Ireland, mainly from Monsignor H. Beauchamp, (Principal Chaplain (R.C.) R.A.F.) and the Irish Fr Provincial (Laurence J. Kieran SJ, then from 8 September 1941, John MacMahon SJ) concerning the R.A.F.’s request for Catholic chaplains; Fr Tony MacSeumais’ acceptance of a post with the R.A.F. in July 1943 and Fr Joseph McSweeney’s acceptance in 1945. Includes;

  • Letter from Mgr. Beauchamp to Fr MacMahon: ‘You are probably aware that I am very short of chaplains in the Royal Air Force. At many Stations there are as many as 300 young airmen who…have no chaplain to prepare them for their great ordeals…You probably know as well as I do the temptations that young Priests in the Services, particularly in the Royal Air Force come up against, hence you will know the special type of man that is wanted’ (12 March 1942, 1p.)
  • Letter from G.J. Corboy, Senior Chaplain (R.C.), R.A.F. H.Q., Northern Ireland to Fr MacMahon: ‘I met Father Sweeney (sic) last week, when I was down, and I am very grateful to you for the offer of his services, as a R.A.F. Chaplain’ (30 April 1945, 1p.).

Beauchamp, Henry, 1883-1948, Roman Catholic Monsignor and chaplain

Correspondence between Thomas V. Nolan SJ, the War Office and T. Stratton, Staff Officer to Principal Chaplain

Correspondence between the Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V. Nolan SJ, the War Office and T. Stratton, Staff Officer to Principal Chaplain (R.C.), concerning the demobilisation of various Irish Jesuits and the need for chaplains for transport ships to Australia.

Nolan, Thomas V, 1867-1941, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between Vice-Provincial Brendan Lawler and the English Provincialate relating to Fr Leonard Sheil’s illness

Correspondence between Vice-Provincial Brendan Lawler and the English Provincialate in Mount Street, London, relating to Fr Leonard Sheil’s recall to the Irish Province due to his final illness. Includes:

  • letter from Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ to Fr Thomas Dunphy SJ of Mount Street in which he states that Fr Sheil ‘…is beyond medical aid, since he has cancer of the liver. He is not confined to bed and – characteristically – he is all on for doing some work for God before he dies. Nevertheless it is obvious that his days at Farm Street have come to an end. I am therefore putting him in the Catalogus as withdrawn from Farm Street and stationed at the College of Industrial Relations, Sandford Road, Dublin 6. He went there from the nursing home last week and he is to stay there as long as his health allows. Please advise Father Corrigan that it seems best now to regard Father Sheil as no longer applied to the English Province or attached to Farm Street’ (19 Oct. 1967, 1p.) and
    – reply from Fr Dunphy to Fr Lawler – ‘I need hardly say how sorry we are about this, because he has been such a wonderful man. There is no doubt that he has done great work in the parish and has been deeply loved and respected by all who knew him. He was certainly a source of great edification to this community’ (22 Oct. 1967, 1p.).
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