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Australian Mission

The Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia was initiated due to the will of Fr John Joseph Therry (1790-1864), who named the Irish Jesuits as beneficiaries to his property in Australia, and by an invitation to the Irish Province by James Alipius Goold, Bishop of Melbourne (later Archbishop) (1812-1886) to set-up a mission in his diocese. The first two Irish Jesuits, Frs William Lentaigne (1805-1884) and William Kelly (1823-1909), arrived in Melbourne in September 1865. Previously, two Austrian Jesuits, Frs. Kranewitter (1817-1880) and Klinkowstroem (1819-1896) had arrived in 1848 after Jesuit expulsion from Austria. The Austrian Mission centred on South Australia and the Northern Territory. In 1901, the Austrian and Irish missions amalgamated. Australia was made a Vice-Province in 1931 and Fr Austin Kelly SJ (1891-1978) was named the first Provincial of the Australian Province in 1950.

The papers of the Australian Mission provide a comprehensive history of the Irish Jesuit Mission, concentrating on the years 1865-1931. The Irish Jesuits worked as missionaries, educators, writers, chaplains, theologians, scientists, pastors and directors of retreats, mainly in the urban communities of eastern Australia.

Subjects touched upon include: agreements with Archbishops in establishing Jesuit houses in a particular diocese; reflections on the journey to and from Australia; administration of schools, colleges, universities and Jesuit residences - (St Patrick’s, Melbourne; St Francis Xavier College, Kew, Melbourne; St Aloysius, Dunedin (NZ); St Aloysius College, Sydney ; St Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney; St Louis, Claremont, Western Australia; Newman College, University of Melbourne); parishes - (Norwood and Sevenhills in South Australia; Invercargill (NZ); Melbourne; Sydney; Toowong and Indooroopilly in Queensland); financial documents; expansion of the Mission; and correspondence between Father Provincial in Ireland and Jesuits in Australia. By far the greatest number of letters sent to Father Provincial in Ireland was from Fr John Ryan SJ (1849-1922) (Superior of the Mission from 11 February 1901-14 June 1908; 9 April 1913-24 October 1917). Until the creation of the Australian Mission as a Vice-Province, the Irish Provincial was kept informed of every minor detail about the Mission and often decision making in Australia was delayed until approval from Dublin was given.

Although this collection provides a comprehensive history of the Australian Mission, there are some gaps. For example, the collection does not contain any deeds or other legal documents relating to property obtained by the Society of Jesus in Australia and it is presumed that these documents would have been kept by the Superior of the Mission and later the Vice-Provincial of the Vice-Province in Australia, where they remain today.

Superiors of the Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia (1865-1931)
Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ 1865-1866
Fr Joseph Dalton SJ 1866-1872
Fr Thomas Cahill SJ 1872-1879
Fr Joseph Dalton SJ 1879-2 September 1883
Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ 2 September 1883-5 April 1890
Fr Patrick Keating SJ 5 April 1890-1 February 1895
Fr Timothy Kenny SJ 1 February 1895-11 February 1901
Fr John Ryan SJ 11 February 1901-14 June 1908
Fr Thomas Brown SJ 14 June 1908-9 April 1913
Fr John Ryan SJ 9 April 1913-24 October 1917
Fr William Lockington SJ 24 October 1917-20 June 1923
Fr Jeremiah Sullivan SJ 20 June 1923-19 March 1931

Vice-Provincials of the Vice-Province of Australian (1931-1950)
Fr John Fahy SJ 19 March 1931-25 August 1939
Fr John Meagher SJ 25 August 1939-1 October 1947
Fr Austin Kelly SJ 1 October 1947-1 November 1950

Irish Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus, 1830-

Belvedere College SJ

The papers of Belvedere College (St Francis Xavier College) give an insight into the life of the school and the Jesuit community who lived there. The material includes prospectuses, some photographs of pupils, programmes of College theatricals, school administration, financial accounts, leases, property negotiations, daily life of Jesuits, building works and Belvedere College Union.

Belvedere College SJ, Dublin, 1832-

Bishop James Corboy SJ

Catalogue online 2034.

Corboy, James, 1916-2004, Jesuit priest and Roman Catholic Bishop of Monze

Br Andrew Colgan SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Colgan, Andrew, 1909-1991, Jesuit brother

Br David MacAvoy SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

MacEvoy, David, 1828-1901, Jesuit brother

Br Edward Maher SJ

Catalogue online late 2023.

Maher, Edward, 1901-1982, Jesuit brother

Br Eugene Duffy SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Duffy, Eugene, 1841-1897, Jesuit brother

Br Francis Roe SJ

Catalogue online 2033.

Roe, Francis, 1917-2003, Jesuit brother

Br George Feeney SJ

Catalogue online late 2024.

Feeney, George, 1933-1989, Jesuit brother

Br Gerald Lynch SJ

Catalogue online late 2023.

Lynch, Gerald, 1902-1952, Jesuit brother

Br James Barry SJ

Catalogue online 2032.

Barry, James, 1925-2002, Jesuit brother

Br James Maguire SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Maguire, James, 1824-1894, Jesuit brother

Br James O'Grady SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

O'Grady, James J, 1858-1943, Jesuit brother

Br James Owens SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Owens, James, 1913-1978, Jesuit brother

Br James Priest SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Priest, James, 1884-1965, Jesuit brother

Br James Sutton SJ

Catalogue available 2040.

Sutton, James, 1933-2010, Jesuit brother

Br John K Rogers SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Rogers, John K, 1905-1976, Jesuit brother

Br John Loftus SJ

Catalogue online 2029.

Loftus, John, 1915-1999, Jesuit brother

Br John Maguire SJ

Catalogue available 2050.

Maguire, John, 1933-2020, Jesuit brother

Br John Pexton SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Pexton, John, 1821-1904, Jesuit brother

Br John Ronan SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Ronan, John 1893-1979, Jesuit brother

Br John Scott SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Scott, John 1835-1894, Jesuit brother

Br Joseph Cleary SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Cleary, Joseph, 1921-2012, Jesuit brother

Br Kevin Bracken SJ

Catalogue online late 2023.

Bracken, Kevin, 1904-1931, Jesuit brother

Br Martin Murphy SJ

Catalogue available 2045.

Murphy, Martin, 1934-2015, Jesuit brother

Br Pat McNamara SJ

Catalogue available 2027.

McNamara, Patrick, 1931-1997, Jesuit brother

Br Patrick Brady SJ

Catalogue online late 2024.

Brady, Patrick, 1922-1994, Jesuit brother

Br Patrick Nolan SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Nolan, Patrick, 1904-1967, Jesuit brother

Br Peter Doyle SJ

Catalogue online late 2047.

Doyle, Peter, 1932-2017, Jesuit brother

Clongowes Wood College SJ

The papers relate to the Jesuit community who lived at of Clongowes Wood College, with a small amount of material on the College. This includes correspondence, maps, booklets and pamphlets, photographs, and articles on issues such as: the history of Clongowes Wood College ([1719]; 1809-1981); the Jesuit community - general administration, customs, finances, house histories and annual letters (1816-1989); College - prospectus, fees, pupils, sodalities, examinations, timetables and subjects, debating society, dramatics, teaching staff (1820-1964); photographs - chapels, students, community, exterior & interior, teaching staff (188[ ]-1977).

Clongowes Wood College SJ, County Kildare, 1814-

Coláiste Iognáid, Galway

The papers of Coláiste Iognáid (St Ignatius’ College) and the Jesuit community offer an insight into the social, cultural and religious life of Galway. There are documents on the history of the Jesuits in Galway, property details such as deeds, leases and plans of property at Sea Road, Renmore, Sherwood Fields and Nuttall’s Garden, and correspondence with various Bishops of Galway and Jesuit Provincials. These documents illustrate major events in Jesuit community life: the return of the Jesuits and the establishment of a residence and school; building developments, ‘Attacked by Beetle: work to save church roof’ (1939); 1963 centenary celebrations and the erection of St Ignatius as a parish (1971). House histories, minister’s journals, visitations, and consults illuminate the ordinary life of members of the Jesuit community in Galway, ‘we have been hit hard again by the “Flu” (25 February 1919).

Roll books, school diaries, college calendars and school publications, such as ‘Turas na Sóisear’, which detail bicycle outings in the Galway area, with hand-drawn maps and route schedule (1940-1947). The arts and sports at Coláiste Iognáid are documented through photographs, scrapbooks and programmes of plays (The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory, 1941, for example), debates, theatre and musicals performances, rowing, rugby and GAA. The administration of the Jesuit school, community and Jesuit-run church provides information on: the role of Irish in the school; staffing; past pupils; Penny Dinners; sodalities; altar notices and masses. Financial papers, which consist of church and college accounts, bequests and intentions, also exemplify church activity and functions.

Coláiste Iognáid SJ, 1862-

Crescent College Comprehensive SJ

The first Jesuit school in Limerick was founded by Father David Wolfe SJ (1528-c.1578) in 1565. Over the next three hundred years, the Jesuits presence in Limerick ebbed and flowed. By 1640, a Jesuit residence was established at Castle Lane and by 1672, a school was opened near St Mary’s Cathedral. After an interval of eighty-six years from the Suppression of the Society in 1773, the Jesuits returned to Limerick in 1859 after Bishop John Ryan (1784-1864) had invited the Society to establish a school in the city. The school initially opened in 1859 as St Munchin’s College on Hartstonge Street. The pioneer Jesuit community in 1859 were Frs Edward Kelly (1824-1905) (Rector), Thomas Kelly (1829-1898), Peter Foley (1826-1893), Edmund Hogan (1831-1917), Matthew Saurin (1825-1901) and one scholastic, Mr. Matthew Russell (1834-1912). In January 1862, the Jesuits purchased a neighbouring residence, Crescent House. The church building was started in 1864, opened in 1868 and named after the Sacred Heart in 1869. The college had ceased to be a seminary for the diocese in 1867 and was renamed the Sacred Heart College in 1873. Commonly known as the Crescent College, it ceased to be a fee paying school in 1971 and became the Crescent College Comprehensive SJ. In 1973 the Comprehensive moved to a modern greenfield site at Dooradoyle. Later it became a co-educational school and the Crescent Preparatory School was closed in 1976.

The bulk of material in the Crescent College Comprehensive SJ papers relate to: financial matters (1869-1990); community correspondence (1859-1992); performance and examination (1912-1966); pupils (1881-1974); school administration (1870-1971); school sports and theatre (1882-1969); deeds and leases (1809-1998); photographs (1884-1976).

Fr Albert Chan SJ

Catalogue online 2035.

Chan, Albert, 1915-2005, Jesuit priest

Fr Alfred Birmingham SJ

Catalogue online late 2023.

Birmingham, Alan, 1911-1991, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Fr Alvaro Ribeiro SJ

Print out of personal history.

Ribeiro, Alvaro, 1947-2013, Jesuit priest

Fr Andrew Rorke SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Rorke, Andrew J, 1829-1913, Jesuit priest

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