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Account book relating to the expenditure on the extension to the presbytery at St Francis Xavier's

Account book relating to the expenditure on the extension to the presbytery at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. With note from Willam Patrick Ryan, 1, Albemarle Street, London explaining that he found it in his father's effects (the late John Ryan, architect) (3 May 1919).

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-

Belgian refugees in Ireland

Letters, telegrams, memoranda and notes relating to Belgian refugees in Ireland. Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V. Nolan SJ was a member of the Distribution Committee ‘appointed by the Local Government Board to look after the welfare and distribution of the Belgian Refugees arriving in Dublin’. Most of the letters comprise offers to house refugees or concern schemes to aid them, both physically and spiritually. Includes:
– letter from Dr Bernard Coyne, Bishop of Elphin (1913-1926) to Lady Moloney seeking her assistance in the securement of a disused barracks in order to provide shelter for Belgian refugee families (21 Oct. 1914, 1p.);
– bills from drapers and household stores for items purchased for the refugees;
– letters relating to troubles between Protestants and the Catholic refugees in Portadown;
– letters to Fr Nolan from refugees and members of the Belgian Refugees Committee;
– lists of names and locations of refugees in Ireland and names and addresses of people who housed refugees.

On 17 October 1914, the Father Provincial of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, Thomas V. Nolan, received a letter from the Local Government Board to go down to the North Wall at 7.30am on the 18th and meet the 100 Belgian refugees ‘and one hundred each of the following days’. This was due to ‘a few of your Order, who speak Flemish’. Subsequently, the Irish Provincial became a member of the Distribution Committee which looked after the welfare and distribution of refugees arriving in Ireland. The Irish Jesuits received offers to house the refugees and organised schemes to aid them, both physically and spiritually.

Br James Owens SJ

Material relating to Br Jimmy Owens SJ including correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials, personal record, and application to join the Society.

Photograph of Fr Cyril Power SJ, Br Jimmy Owens SJ and Marcella (Smith) Hargrove outside the castle at Clongowes Wood College SJ, County Kildare (June 1967). With note from Fr Charlie Davy SJ (12 February 2019).

Owens, James, 1913-1978, 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

Church decoration and organ at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Lined notebook entitled ‘Church decoration Organ Improved’. Details work on organ choir services, stations, novenas, old and new organ, advent calendar, retreats and souvenir of retreats and the new organist. With index at the front and hand-drawn plan of reconstruction of organ (30 September 1926) and schedule of works to be completed by Telford & Telford, Organ Builders, 33 Charlemont Street, Dublin for the ‘cleaning and overhauling of organ in Ignatian Chapel, St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street, Dublin (11 July 1944).

Circulars from Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ relating to Extraordinary Permissions renewed by Fr General

Circulars from Provincial Thomas Byrne relating to Extraordinary Permissions renewed by Fr General granting leave to accept stipends for various purposes; the notice of congregations for the beatification of Fr. Peter Olivaint; fundraising for the Gregorian University; the order for the removal from libraries, and subsequent destruction, of a recent work by Fr. Emile Delaye entitled Qu’est-ce qu’un Catholique (Paris 1950).

Byrne, Thomas, 1904-1978, Jesuit priest

Commemorative magazine published on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Francis Xavier

Commemorative magazine published on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Francis Xavier, which was celebrated in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. Includes a history of the church and its activities, as well as photographs of the interior and exterior, and of church-related activities.

Copy of ‘Meditations and devotions, part three, Meditations of Christian Doctrine’

Copy of ‘Meditations and devotions, part three, Meditations of Christian Doctrine’ by John Henry Cardinal Newman belonging to Fr John Naughton SJ. The copy is annotated by Fr Naughton with his prayers and notes with inserts. Includes reference to retreats he gave, Kilkee 30th August 1910.

Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890, Saint, Roman Catholic Cardinal, theologian, and educationist

Copy of circular letter sent by the Irish Fr Provincial to Jesuit houses inquiring as to ‘the practice in…(each)…House as regards the serving of whiskey and wine on coffee evenings

Copy of circular letter sent by the Irish Fr Provincial to Jesuit houses inquiring as to ‘the practice in…(each)…House as regards the serving of whiskey and wine on coffee evenings which are (1) de jure; and (2) ex gratia. Is whiskey allowed on every coffee evening, and what is the quantity of wine permitted to each…is there any special treatment in the refectory for visitors.’ Includes replies to the circular from the Rectors of St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg; Milltown Park; Rathfarnham; Belvedere College; St Ignatius’ College, Galway; Clongowes Wood College, Naas, Co. Kildare; St. Mary’s, Emo Court, Portarlington, County Laois; Sacred Heart College, The Crescent, Limerick; No. 35 Lower Leeson Street; St. Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street and Mungret College, Limerick.

Copy of letter from Fr Patrick Hughes SJ, writing from St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr William McCartan

Copy of letter from Fr Patrick Hughes SJ, writing from St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr William McCartan. Thanks the latter for purchasing the two milch cows, but explains that his (Hughes’) superior, the Provincial Fr Brown, did not want the two store heifers that were purchased at the same time, and that he had already made this fact clear to Fr McCartan. Sends the latter a cheque for the cows.

Hughes, Patrick, 1837-1904, Jesuit priest

Copy of probate granted for the will and codicil for Stephen R. Cunningham

Copy of probate granted for the will and codicil for Stephen R. Cunningham, deceased. Includes letter from Casey, Clay & Collins Solicitors to Superior, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street relating to the estate of Stephen Cunningham deceased in which ‘by direction of the Executors of the above deceased we enclose their cheque for £2312 13d 5s being a moiety of the residue of the Estate’.

Copy of probate granted for the will for Josephine Keshan

Copy of probate granted for the will for Josephine Keshan, deceased. Includes schedule of costs and receipts of payments by Fr Nolan SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to J.H. Walsh & Co. Solicitors related to costs incurred with reference to settlement of claim of the owners of premises in Meath Street against estate of Josephine Keshan, deceased; sales of premises No. 73 & 74 Meath street, 60 Thomas Street, 32,33, 34 Vicar Street and 71 Thomas Street being the estate of Josephine Keshan, deceased; extract from the last Will and Testament of Josephine Keshan Spinster.

Copy of will of Miss Catherine Cleary

Copy of will of Miss Catherine Cleary, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin in which a sum of £10 is bequeathed to a number of Jesuit priests and ‘to the residue of all property of every kind…I give devise and bequeath the same as follows viz To the Very Reverend Timothy Kenny’.

Correspondence between Dr John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin, and Irish Provincials Thomas Byrne and Michael O'Grady

Correspondence between Dr John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin, and Irish Provincials Thomas Byrne and Michael O'Grady. Includes letters relating to the nominations of various Jesuits to be Spiritual Directors in Dublin technical schools; a series of lectures on the subject of marriage delivered by Provincial O'Grady (13 November 1954); Missions given to emigrants in England (31 January 1955); help in the Archbishop's ‘work against Communism’ (9 February 1955); Readers and History Books used in Jesuit schools (1 February 1955).

McQuaid, John Charles, 1895-1973, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin

Correspondence between the Irish Fr Provincial and Jesuits on formation, finance, libraries, holidays and Trinity College Dublin

Correspondence between the Irish Fr Provincial and Jesuits on various matters such as

  • the censure of those in various stages of formation;
  • the proposal to purchase books dealing with the missions in order to establish ‘the nucleus of a useful missionary library’ in Milltown Park (See also ADMN/3/11);
  • Catholics and Trinity College Dublin (See also ADMN/3/43; 76);
  • villas;
  • the introduction of legislation granting a rebate of income tax to parents having children at school;
  • the ‘desirability’ of a ‘recognised uniform’ way of expressing ‘Society of Jesus’ in initials in English and Irish;
  • the introduction of dancing classes ‘under the guidance of a certain number of lady instructresses’ without the permission of Irish Fr Provincial at Belvedere College;
  • Irish scholastics in Jersey and
  • examinations in ‘air raid precautions and anti-gas measures’ for male members of religious orders at the Air Raid Precautions School, Griffith Barracks, Dublin.

Correspondence between the Irish Fr Provincial and successive editors of the 'Irish Monthly'

Correspondence between the Irish Fr Provincial and successive editors of the 'Irish Monthly'. Includes: letters, memoranda and notes relating to deliberations on the future of the magazine in November 1932, discussions on the terms upon which the management of the 'Irish Monthly' could be changed and letters concerning the controversy caused by an article entitled ‘The Papal Encyclicals and the Banking Commission’ by Fr Edward Coyne SJ in which Fr Coyne was said by Mr Peter O'Loghlen, T.D. to have made ‘gravely misleading and damaging’ comments with reference to Mr O'Loghlen’s Report as a member of the Banking Commission.

Correspondence in connection with the administration of the ‘Father Delany Exhibition’ Trust

Correspondence between Irish Vice-Provincial Fr John Keane SJ (Fr Provincial is in Rome for six months), J.W. Bacon (Secretary and Bursar of University College, Dublin) and Fr Michael Egan SJ in connection with the administration of the ‘Father Delany Exhibition’ Trust.

Keane, John J, 1867-1954, Jesuit priest

Correspondence of bequests made to Father Provincial regarding the Hong Kong and China missions

A file relating to correspondence of bequests made to Irish Fr Provincial regarding the Hong Kong and China missions.

  • Perpetual burse in memory of Fr WM. Doyle SJ in the new seminary in Hong Kong (1936);
  • Perpetual burse in memory of Fr Walsh SJ in Hong Kong (1936);
  • Memorial burse in memory of Fr Fegan SJ in China (1936);
  • List of burse money for the education of Chinese Jesuits (13 September 1940);
  • Statement of accounts for quarter the Ricci Mission Unit (1 July - 30 September 1943).

Correspondence on retreats (and missions) to priests, nuns and the laity

Correspondence on retreats (and missions) to priests, nuns and the laity. Includes correspondence concerning the drafting, by Irish Fr Provincial, of a confidential circular concerning the ‘principles which were to direct Ours when treating, whether in missions or retreats, the 6th & 9th Commandments. I judged…direction necessary because complaints had been made to me that some of Ours had said rather gross things in the pulpit, and because there seemed to be a want of uniformity amongst our preachers and confessors in their manner of treating this difficult subject.’ (See also ADMN/3/11)

Correspondence relating to the attendance at Maynooth by Jesuit scholastics

Correspondence, mostly between Irish Fr Provincial, Edward Kissane (President of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth) and Fr James Duff of St Patrick’s College relating to the attendance at Maynooth by Jesuit scholastics and the Irish Hierarchy’s Appeal on behalf of the College to the clergy and laity of Ireland, a fund to which the Province donated £500.

Correspondence with Dr John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin

Correspondence with Dr John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin (mostly holograph letters from the Archbishop and copies of Fr. Provincial’s replies) on various matters. Includes letters concerning:

  • the purchase of additional land from Mr Bewley adjoining Milltown Park, on which to build a secondary school (See also 1940s correspondence with Archbishop McQuaid);
  • the question of the payment of workers for work on parochial and ecclesiastical buildings on Holy Days of Obligation;
  • the Statement issued on behalf of the Hierarchy with regard to ‘the raising of military forces and the waging of war’ (persuading ‘young men not to join the new I.R.A. and kindred groups, or if they have joined, to disassociate themselves from such groups’);
  • the proposed acquisition of new buildings on Eglinton Road (now the Province Curia, No. 87 Eglinton Road) for the Society to ‘relieve a certain congestion we are experiencing at present in our Dublin Houses’;
  • the appointment of Jesuits to various ecclesiastical offices;
  • the Commission considering the question of Licensing Laws;
  • Jesuit Missions to the Irish in Britain (see also ADMN/3/62);
  • the Technical Schools – ‘It is not in any sense an exaggeration to say that the assistance of the Society has made possible the establishment of a firm system of Religious Instruction, for the first time, in the Vocational and Technical Schools’ (letter of Archbishop McQuaid to Fr Provincial, 8 June 1959, 1p.) (see also ADMN/3/61);
  • the formation of a committee to select candidates for beatification among the Irish martyrs (see also ADMN/3/24; 43; 48 and 49);
  • the publication of spiritual books in Irish by the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary attached to Gardiner Street Church (see also ADMN/3/59 and 65);
  • the appointment of Jesuit lecturers in University College Dublin;
  • the proposal to establish a federation of the Sodalities of Our Lady in the Dublin Diocese.
    Also includes covering letter and copy of the minutes of the General Meeting of the Irish Actors’ Equity Association held on 27 April 1958.

McQuaid, John Charles, 1895-1973, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin

Correspondence with Dr John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin with the Irish Fr Provincial

Correspondence with Dr John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin (mainly holograph letters from the Archbishop and copies of Irish Fr Provincial’s replies) on various matters. Includes letters concerning :

  • information for the Commission established to ‘investigate and report upon the existence and title of all collections for pious purposes in the Diocese of Dublin’;
  • the supply of Altar wine to the Society;
  • the appointment of Fr Thomas Counihan SJ to the Commission on Youth Unemployment;
  • his request ‘not to use candles at the end of Retreats and Missions during the present war-circumstances’;
  • the death of various Jesuits including Frs [Thomas Counihan], Michael Kirwan, James Tomkin, Laurence J. Kieran (former Provincial) and Vincent Byrne;
  • circular comprising the decisions of the 1942 October Meeting of the Hierarchy;
  • 1944 Decree concerning the education of Catholics in non-Catholic Schools, Colleges or Universities of the Dublin Diocese (See also ADMN/3/38);
  • the proposed visit of Fr Adelard Dugré SJ, ‘formerly an Assistant of our late Father General and now an Assistant of our Father Vicar General’ to Ireland and his appointment with the Archbishop;
  • the granting of diocesan faculties to various Jesuits and the results of diocesan examinations;
  • the ‘Solemn Votive mass’ to be celebrated in the Pro-Cathedral on 25 June 1945 on the occasion of the Inauguration of the President, Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh (See also ADMN/3/59 and 76);
  • copies of letters concerning the Archbishop’s instructions as to the ‘attitude to be adopted in regard to the strike declared by the Central Executive Committee of the Irish National Teachers’ Organization’ and the restoration of ‘normal conditions’ in the schools following the Teachers’ Strike;
  • the collection by secondary schools of used clothing ‘for the very destitute young people of Europe, especially the Catholics of Hungary’;
  • the answers of the Milltown Theological Faculty to certain questions posed ‘concerning the question of defining as a dogma of the Faith the doctrine that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed bodily into Heaven’;
  • statistical reports on the Society in Ireland required for the ‘Relatio Status’ of the Archbishop to the Holy See and for the Annuario Pontificio;
  • the appointment of Fr Thomas Counihan SJ to conduct the Thirty Days’ Exercises at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe in October 1947 and September 1948;
  • proposals to purchase Churchtown House, Dundrum for use as a secondary school and the alternative plan to build a school on grounds adjoining Milltown Park (See also 1950s correspondence with Archbishop McQuaid);
  • the institution of the ‘Tribunal for the Ordinary Informative Process in the Cause of the Beatification and Canonisation of the Servant of God, John Sullivan, Priest of your Society’ (24 October 1947, 1p.) (See also ADMN/3/24; 48 and 49);
  • the purchase of Baymount Castle, Dollymount for use as a Retreat House (Manresa House) (See also ADMN/3/6 and 74) and
  • letter of condolence following the fire at Milltown Park in 1949 (11 February 1949, 1p.).

McQuaid, John Charles, 1895-1973, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin

Correspondence, mainly between Irish Fr Provincial and the Director of 2R, relating to the broadcast of Christmas Mass

Correspondence, mainly between Irish Fr Provincial and the Director of the Irish Free State Broadcasting Station (2RN), relating to the broadcast of Christmas Mass from Milltown Park in 1936 and the Lenten Lectures from St Francis Xavier’s Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin in 1937. Also discusses the participation of Jesuit scholastics in the preparation of a special broadcast to be aired following the death of His Holiness Pope Pius XI (Pius XI died on 10 February 1939).

Kieran, Laurence J, 1881-1945, Jesuit priest

Documents relating to the preparation of the new Catechism for use in schools

Documents relating to the preparation of the new Catechism for use in schools. Includes correspondence between the Irish Provincial and the Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid and copies of observations and suggested alterations to the Catechism made by various Jesuits including Frs. Denis Nerney, Edward Coyne and Paul O'Dea.

Establishment of Saint Francis Xavier’s as a parish in the Dublin diocese

File relating to the establishment of Saint Francis Xavier’s as a parish in the Dublin diocese. Includes correspondence between Provincial Cecil McGarry, Archbishop Dermot Ryan, Members of the Diocesan Boundary Commission, Fr John Murphy SJ, superior of the community at Gardiner Street, and Fr Philip Harnett SJ, first parish priest.

File relating to Fr Daniel J Shields SJ

  • IE IJA J/404/1
  • File
  • 6 August 1936-20 February 1986
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File relating to Fr Daniel J Shields SJ which includes correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials, personal record, application to join the Society and photograph.

Financial affairs of Fr Henry J Rorke SJ

  • IE IJA J/385/2
  • File
  • 27 Janaury 1836-27 October 1862
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Letters by Fr Henry J Rorke SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, his brothers, John Rorke, 20 Temple Street, Dublin and Edmund Rorke, Tyrrelstown, Dublin, Andrew Rorke SJ, regarding the accounts and financial affairs of Fr Henry J Rorke SJ.

Fire policy between Sun Insurance Office and the Society of Jesus relating to the Irish Messenger

Fire policy between Sun Insurance Office and the Society of Jesus, Church of St Francis Xavier, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, and the Reverend James Cullen SJ of Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin. Insures stock of ‘printed books, pictures, pamphlets and unused stationary, office furniture, fixtures, fittings and utensils at No.5 Great Denmark Street, Dublin for the sum of £1,400 at a yearly sum of £1:3:9. First premium commenced 25 March 1901.

Sun Fire Office, 1706-1996

Fr Desmond Collins SJ

  • IE IJA J/493
  • File
  • 10 July 1939 - 2 February 1996
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File of material relating to the admission of Desmond Collins to the Society of Jesus and subsequent professional life including correspondence relating to the Jesuit Seminary Association.

Collins, Desmond, 1920-1996, Jesuit priest

Fr Donal Trant McCarthy SJ

File of material relating to Fr Donal Trant McCarthy SJ including correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials, personal record and health information.

McCarthy, Donal Trant, 1893-1986, Jesuit priest

Fr Edmund Hogan SJ research on his family

A file relating to Fr Edmund Hogan SJ research on his family. Includes an offprint of an article by William Hogan entitled 'Rev. Edmund Hogan, S.J. An Eminent Great Island Scholar' published in the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society (vol. LXX, 1965).

Fr Frederick Paye SJ

Material relating to Fr Frederick Paye SJ including correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials, personal record, ordination card and application to join the Society.

Paye, Frederick, 1895-1972, Jesuit priest

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