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St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, 1832-
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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-

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

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

Correspondence between Frs Matthew Meade and Sean McCarron, Superior, Gardiner Street, and Irish Fr Provincials

File of correspondence between Frs Matthew Meade and Sean McCarron, Superior, Gardiner Street, and Irish Fr Provincials Charles O'Conor, Brendan Barry and Cecil McGarry concerning the community and church at Gardiner Street. Letters cover topics such as repairs to St Francis Xavier’s hall, the appointment of Sodalities’ Directors, allocation and role of religious staff and annual visitations. Also contains letters from the consultors of the community concerning its spiritual and administrative well-being.

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).

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.

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 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 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

Fr George Redington Roche SJ

Catalogue entry and obituary for Fr George Roche SJ. Book by Fr Roche entitled ‘The Divinity of Jesus Christ’ (1916) published by the Catholic Truth Society of Ireland, Dublin. Taken from the Jesuit community library, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin (November 2012).

Roche, George Redington, 1869-1953, Jesuit priest

Fr Gerard O'Beirne SJ

File of materiel relating to Fr Gerard O'Beirne SJ which includes correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials and curia, personal record and application to join the Society.

O'Beirne, Gerard, 1905-1986, Jesuit priest

Fr Gerard P Nolan SJ

Material relating to Fr Gerard P Nolan SJ, including catalogue entry, correspondence regarding his entry into the Society, correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials and biographical information.

Nolan, Gerard P, 1912-1972, Jesuit priest

Fr Michael J O'Reilly SJ

Material relating to Fr Michael J O'Reilly SJ, including correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials, personal record and application to join the Society.

O'Reilly, Michael J, 1909-1975, Jesuit priest

Fr Vincent Dennehy SJ

A file relating to Fr Vincent Dennehy SJ.

Dennehy, Vincent, 1899-1982, Jesuit priest

Gardiner Street ‘excursion’ to Lough Tay

Gardiner Street ‘excursion’ to Lough Tay. L-r: Fr Frank Browne SJ, P McGlade, N J Tomkin, Charles Farley, John Fahy, Matthew Devitt, J Keane and M Phelan taken at Mrs McGurk’s cottage, Lough Bray, Wicklow.

Irish Jesuit Province Status Temporalis with houses and colleges

Irish Jesuit Province Status Temporalis (Province Account), from 1877 to 1883. Also the status temporalis for the following individual houses and colleges: St. Francis Xavier’s, Upper Gardiner Street; University Hall; Belvedere College; Clongowes Wood College, Naas; St Stanislaus’ College, Tullabeg; St Ignatius’ College, Galway; Crescent College (College of the Sacred Heart), Limerick; Mungret College, Limerick and Milltown Park.

Jesuit community involved in parish and church work at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

File relating to the work of the Special Secretariate established to negotiate consensus between members of the Jesuit community involved in parish and church work at Gardiner Street, prior to the signing of the final agreement for the establishment of the parish with the Archbishop of Dublin.

Special Secretariat, Loyola House, Eglinton Road, Dublin

John Baptist Byrne entry into the Society of Jesus

  • IE IJA J/80/1
  • File
  • 26 September 1917 - 14 October 1929
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Br John Baptist Byrne SJ entry into the Society of Jesus and difficulties he encountered as a novice, ultimately leading to his decision to become a brother in the English Province. Includes detailed correspondence concerning his difficulties and the various attempts to find a suitable position for him in the Society.

Letter from Brendan J. Ellis to Fr McGrath SJ concerning St Francis Xavier's Church and the apse in the church

Letter from Brendan J. Ellis, Ard Mhuire, Somerton Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 20 to Fr Fergal McGrath SJ concerning St Francis Xavier's Church and the apse in the church. Refers to a puzzle regarding a date recorded by workmen on the cross truss. Refers to a cornice in the apse. Remarks 'I attach a sketch of the cornice which is been taken down, you will see that, only a miracle prevented a disaster from the day it went up.' Includes the architectural sketch.

Ellis, Brendan J

Letter from Fr Patrick Meagher SJ, writing from Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ, St Stanislaus College Tullabeg, County Offaly

Letter from Fr Patrick Meagher SJ, writing from Gardiner Street, Dublin, to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ, Vice Provincial, St Stanislaus College Tullabeg, King's County (County Offaly). Refers to the case of a young [novice] – ‘H.T.’, who is suffering from some sort of illness. Reports that he (Meagher) consulted a surgeon on the state of the man’s health. Reports that he received a letter that morning from Fr Bartholomew Esmonde SJ in Rome, who wrote about the church re-decoration in which he was involved, and also, more extensively, about a lecture given in Rome, which cast aspersions on the Catholic clergy of Ireland. Also refers to a letter he received from Fr Aylmer. Describes preparations for the ‘Festival’, including the recruiting of clergy to say Mass. Reports on the progress of building work also.

Meagher, Patrick, 1799-1855, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Patrick O'Mara SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the number of Holy Communions in St Francis Xavier's Church

Letter from Fr Patrick O'Mara SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the number of Holy Communions for the year [1956] taken in St Francis Xavier's Church.

O'Mara, Patrick, 1875-1969, Jesuit priest, chaplain and missioner

Letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ, writing to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ Church of St Francis, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ, writing to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ Church of St Francis, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. Suggests that the latter hold his Consultation at Clongowes, and that it be deferred until after Easter. Refers to the books brought back from Paris by Mr O'Grady, and asks Fr Bracken to let him know which ones to keep. Reports on a Novena he participated in, and also on the exercise he has been taking recently.

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

Letter from Fr William Stack Murphy SJ, St Mary’s, Lebanon, Kentucky, U.S.A. to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ

From Fr William Stack Murphy SJ, St Mary’s, Lebanon, Kentucky, U.S.A. to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ. Thanks him for the books that were brought out by Dr Litton. Refers to the fact that Fr Peter Kenney SJ had been appointed Rector of Palermo. Asks Fr Bracken to arrange for a subscription to be made to the 'London Tablet'. Refers to the Teetotalism and Partial Abstinence campaign in the US. Answers Daniel O'Connell’s views on America’s tradition of slavery. Gives a brief outline of the establishment of the school (St Mary’s in Kentucky).

Murphy, William Stack, 1803-1875, Jesuit priest

Letter from Irish Fr Provincial to Fr Joseph Erraught SJ concerning the availability of rooms in Gardiner Street for retreats.

Letter from Irish Fr Provincial, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr Joseph Erraught SJ concerning the availability of rooms in Gardiner Street for retreats. Remarks that there is a shortage of space in the house. Continues that it may be necessary for Rathfarnham to 'cede' some rooms.

O'Grady, Michael A, 1911-1969, Jesuit priest

Letter from Sr Beatrice [ ] Delahunt, St Joseph's, Carmelite Convent, Ranelagh to Fr [ ] concerning a book on Devotion to St Joseph

Letter from Sr Beatrice [ ] Delahunt, St Joseph's, Carmelite Convent, Ranelagh to Fr [ ] concerning a book on Devotion to St. Joseph translated by some members of the order. Asks for Fr [ ]'s sanction for the book. Remarks that they are waiting for the Cardinal's imprimatur for the book.

Letter from Thomas Cook and Son to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the suspension of sailings through the Suez Canal

Letter from Thomas Cook and Son, Tourist, Steamship and Forwarding Agents, Bankers etc., 118 Grafton Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Nolan SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Gardiner Street, Dublin concerning the suspension of sailings through the Suez Canal.

Thomas Cook & Son, travel agent, 1841-2019

Letter requesting Fr Joseph Hurley SJ cease working on the organisation of local branches of the Gaelic League

  • IE IJA J/3/36
  • File
  • 4 October 1946; 8 October 1946
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Copy letter from [Irish Fr Provincial John R MacMahon SJ], St. Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr Joseph Hurley SJ instructing him to cease working on the organisation of local branches of the Gaelic League. Remarks '...I think that it would be better if you did not even write on this subject...' Includes a reply from Fr Hurley, St. Stanislaus College, Tullamore, County Offaly.

Hurley, Joseph, 1905-1984, Jesuit priest and Irish language editor

Letter to Fr Matthew Meade SJ from Sister M. Patrick, Presentation Convent, George’s Hill, Dublin, concerning a crucifix in their convent believed to have been once owned by St Francis Xavier

Letter to Fr Matthew Meade SJ from Sister M. Patrick, Presentation Convent, George’s Hill, Dublin, concerning a crucifix in their convent believed to have been once owned by St Francis Xavier. Includes extract concerning the crucifix from ‘St Joseph’s Sheaf’ of 1903 and brief illustrated pamphlet on the same topic.

Letters from Fr Michael Browne SJ to Fr William Stephenson SJ

  • IE IJA J/74/2
  • File
  • 17 March 1905 - 10 November 1931
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Letters from Fr Michael Browne SJ to William Stephenson SJ:

  • from St Stanislaus College, Tullamore, County Offaly to Willie Stephenson SJ, Maison St Louis, Jersey apologising for not writing sooner and expressing his hope that the shamrock reached Jersey on time. Writes about news from home (17 March 1905,4pp);
  • from St Stanislaus College, Tullamore, County Offaly to Willie Stephenson SJ concerning William Stephenson's impending departure for Australia (15 August 1905, 3pp);
  • from Sacred Heart College, Limerick to Willie Stephenson SJ, Australia. Apologises for not replying sooner. Encourages Willie Stephenson to 'leave yourself in His (God's) hands - where better can you be - and follow blindly the direction that brings you peace of soul.' Writes about news from home (2 January 1909, 4pp);
  • from St Stanislaus College, Tullamore, County Offaly to William Stephenson SJ. Refers to Fr McDonnell's publications on Holy Communion, which he sent to Willie Stephenson. Refers to the small number of novices entering and remarks 'I hope you are sending us Novices from Australia this year, I fear our home supply will be small'. Writes about news from home (21 June 1909, 4pp);
  • from St Stanislaus College, Tullamore, County Offaly to Willie Stephenson SJ. Refers to the novices from Australia and remarks how well they are doing. Continues 'I wish heartily you could send us more. The work you are engaged in promoting devotion to the Virgin Mother, will, I hope, produce as its special fruit subjects for the Society.' Encourages Willie Stephenson to continue his work. Remarks 'Your Australian experience will be invaluable to you in the harvest time.' (3 July 1910, 3pp);
  • from St Stanislaus College, Tullamore, County Offaly to Willie Stephenson SJ, concerning a marble altar erected in the Lady Chapel of Riverview College Chapel. Remarks 'I am delighted that you are able to do so much for the honour of the Great Mother of God.' Writes of news from home, remarks that Tertianship for the Irish and English Provinces will be in Tullamore in 1912 and that preparations are being made (21 April 1911, 4pp);
  • card from St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr Stephenson SJ thanking Fr Stephenson for his booklet for Altar Servers. Compliments him on the layout (4 February 1921,1 item);
  • from Rathfarnham Castle, County Dublin to Fr Stephenson SJ thanking him for his letter and congratulations (2 May 1930, 3pp) and
  • from Rathfarnham Castle, County Dublin to Fr Stephenson SJ congratulating him on his booklet of Fr Baxter's Meditations (10 November 1931, 1p).

Letters from the Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Nolan SJ seeking passports for Irish Jesuits to travel to Australia

A file of copy letters from Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Nolan SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to the Presiding Officer, Passport Department, Ministry of National Service, Victoria Street, London SW seeking passports for Frs Thomas J Moore, John Nerney and Albert Power to travel to Australia.

Nolan, Thomas V, 1867-1941, Jesuit priest

Lists of writers of the Restored Society and their publications compiled by Fr James Rabbitte SJ

Lists of writers (arranged alphabetically) of the Restored Society and their publications (1832-1925, 38pp, ). Compiled by Fr James Rabbitte SJ of Gardiner Street, (Custodian of the Irish Province Archives, 1924-1930). Typed list of Irish Jesuit authors and title, 20th century (1900-1939, 6pp).

Rabbitte, James, 1857-1940, Jesuit priest

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