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Abandonment of a procession that was due to take place to celebrate St Patrick's day in Galway

A file relating to the abandonment of a procession that was due to take place to celebrate St Patrick's day in Galway. The decision was made to abandon the procession after it became apparent that the IRA had been invited to take part. Includes a lengthy letter from Fr John Joy SJ, St Ignatius College, Galway to Irish Fr Provincial Laurence Kieran SJ concerning the situation. Remarks that Fr O'Farrell, SJ, as President of the Gaelic League, was invited to be Chief Marshal and became very upset when he discovered that the IRA were to take part. Remarks that he (Fr Joy) had an interview with the Bishop who was very angry. Explains how it was decided to abandon the procession (13 March 1933, 12pp).

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).

Alterations to domestic chapel at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Material related to alterations to domestic chapel at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street. Includes Fr Provincial’s list of plans for the domestic chapel; correspondence between Fr Casey SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner street and Brendan Ellis, architect, costings for alterations by Hodgins Building Contractors and Brendan Ellis, architect; sketches of the changes to the altar and Father’s Oratory at St. Francis Xavier's.

Appointment of Spiritual Directors for 'An Ríoghacht' study circles

Correspondence concerning the appointment of Spiritual Directors for 'An Ríoghacht' study circles. Includes circulars explaining the foundation and objectives of 'An Ríoghacht'. Also includes circulars seeking donations to raise a Fr Edward Cahill SJ memorial fund which will be used to establish a burse in Mungret Apostolic College for the education of future missionary priests (n.d., 2 items).

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).

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.

Bequest of left to the Society of Jesus in Australia by Fr Mathew Ryan

A file relating to a bequest of £400 left to the Society of Jesus in Australia by Fr Matthew Ryan to be used for the foreign missions. Refers to Fr Frank Browne SJ and his health in Australia, and copy of a letter from the Irish Fr Provincial John Fahy SJ to Superior of the Mission, Fr Jeremiah Sullivan SJ (30 August 1924).

Sullivan, Jeremiah, 1877-1960, Jesuit priest

Book with the title ‘The manner of performing the Novena, or the nine days devotion to St Francis Xaverius...'

Book with the title ‘The manner of performing the Novena, or the nine days devotion to St Francis Xaverius of the Society of Jesus and Apostle of the Indies, as also the devotion of the ten Fridays to the same saint’ printed for Ignatius Kelly, at the Stationers-Arms in Mary’s Lane, Dublin, 1749 (88pp). Includes an article entitled ‘The Novena of Grace in Dublin 1749’ which was sent by Fr Kevin O'Rourke SJ to Fr Fergus O'Donoghue SJ with an explanatory note (10 May 2008). The article most probably written by Fr Francis Finegan SJ. The article explains the provenance of a book in the community library of St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street, Dublin entitled, ‘The manner of performing the Novena, or the nine days devotion to St. Francis Xaverius of the Society of Jesus and Apostle of the Indies’. It concludes that the work was translated by Thomas Brennan and gives a brief biographical note. (5pp)

Br Edward O'Sullivan SJ

  • IE IJA J/535
  • File
  • 27 April 1942 - 10 June 1996
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File containing Br Edward O'Sullivan SJ admission papers and brief correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials.

O'Sullivan, Edward, 1920-1996, Jesuit brother

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

Burses founded in the Apostolic School, Mungret College

A file relating to the Burses founded in the Apostolic School, Mungret College but given to All Hallows. Includes note explaining the provenance of the correspondence (25 September 1977) and documents such as; Lord Emly Burse (January 1883, 2 items); Boyce Burse (23 June 1905 - 10 October 1910, 5 items); Michael Leahy bequest (20 October 1909 - 31 May 1912, 4 items); Madeline Josephine M. Sampson Burse (St. Marie Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, 3 May - 6 June 1913, 2 items); Canon Doyle Burse (24 October - 28 November 1922, 5 items); letter from Fr O'Donnell SJ to Fr Edward Cahill SJ relating to ‘De Jure Burses’ (12 September [ ], 4pp).

Charles Kennedy, 151 Capel Street and 17 Mountjoy Square, Dublin

  • IE IJA KENN
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1901

Material relates to the life and work of Charles Kennedy and to a lesser extent, James Kennedy. Includes large amount of correspondence and receipts, 1871-1901;

Material related to Jervis Street Hospital. Includes correspondence, report wills, plans, fundraising committee meetings, 1876-1902;

Wills, land details on property on Capel Street, Mountjoy Square; correspondence between Charles Kennedy and business associates, friends and relations including Chief Baron Christopher Palles. Wills and receipts related to Laurence, Richard and James Devereux, Distillers, Wexford Distillery, Kilkenny and land in Wexford. Receipts including from the Royal Yacht Club, the Smithwicks in Kilkenny. 1875-1884;

Material relates to a nephew of Charles Kennedy, Charles Doyle (wife, Lizzie Doyle, and daughter Rosetta). Charles Doyle appears to be a serial conman (at one stage changes his name to Edward Gerard) and Charles Kennedy corresponds with fellow family members in Ireland and abroad, priests in the UK and Citeaux, France and reformatories about Charles Doyle’s criminal behaviour and imprisonment in Austria, the U. S. and France. Chief Baron Christopher Palles was a brother-in-law of Charles Doyle.1872-1899;

Correspondence between Rosetta Doyle, Youghal, Fermoy, Killarney and Taunton, Somerset and her grand uncle, Charles Kennedy, 151 Capel Street and 17 Mountjoy Square.

Correspondence between Lizzie Doyle, Youghal, Cork and her uncle, Charles Kennedy, 151 Capel Street and 17 Mountjoy Square. Relates to her time as a student at the Loreto convent, Youghal and issues such as family matters, school fees; 1875-1889.

Kennedy, Charles, benefactor

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).

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

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.

Controversy between Dr Edward Thomas O'Dwyer, Bishop of Limerick and Mungret College concerning the admission of lay boys to the College

A file relating to the controversy between Dr Edward Thomas O'Dwyer, Bishop of Limerick and Mungret College concerning the admission of lay boys to the College. The file contains manuscript material written by Fr Thomas Morrissey SJ. In a summary he remarks that the Bishop saw the presence of lay students at Mungret 'as a threat to his seminary' (nd, 1p). Includes correspondence, and prospectus for Mungret College, 1882, Annual reports of the Irish Apostolic School, Mungret, 1889 and 1895.

Controversy surrounding the Apostolic and Lay Schools, Mungret College and the separation of the two schools

A file relating to the controversy surrounding the Apostolic and Lay Schools, Mungret College and the separation of the two schools following intervention by the Bishop of Limerick and a Decree of Propaganda. Includes correspondence relating to the valuation of the property and the question of the ownership of the Mungret property. Includes a certificate of valuation (25 June 1921, 7pp) and various financial accounts. Includes a ground floor plan and front elevation of Mungret College. Finally, in 1928 a further session of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith decided the transference of the Lay School should not be insisted on but that the two schools should be administered separately (21 April 1928, 1p). Includes letters from Michael Curly, Archbishop of Baltimore offering his support to Mungret College. Refers also to the 'Mungret Case' (23 August 1928; 22 December 1928 - 4 February 1932, 5 items) and photographs of Cardinal's visit to Mungret, 1928 (2 items)

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 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 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 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 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 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 Fr Robert Nash SJ and Irish Fr Provincials

  • IE IJA J/300/4
  • File
  • 12 October 1936 - 30 August 1989
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File of correspondence between Fr Robert Nash SJ and Irish Fr Provincials concerning his schedules of missions and retreats, publications, places of residence, donations and issues arising from his articles in the ‘Irish Press’. Also contains the censor’s report on an early pamphlet, ‘Not Yours’ and death notice and obituaries.

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 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 the Bishop of Galway, Michael Browne and Irish Fr Provincial concerning the attendance of Jesuit Scholastics at University College, Galway

A file of correspondence between the Bishop of Galway, Michael Browne, D.D., Mount St Mary's, Galway and Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin concerning the attendance of Jesuit Scholastics at University College, Galway. Includes a letter from the Bishop insisting that his permission is sought and remarking that the Jesuit Order is not exempt.

Browne, Michael, 1895-1980, Roman Catholic Bishop of Galway

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 between the Irish Fr Provincial and various Jesuits concerning proposals for collections for the Jesuit Mission in Estonia and a school for Russian boys in Shanghai

Correspondence between the Irish Fr Provincial and various Jesuits concerning proposals by two English Jesuits, Fr Frederick Wilcock and Fr Ryder, to visit Ireland in order to lecture and collect money for the Jesuit Mission in Estonia and a school for Russian boys in Shanghai. Irish Fr Provincial opposes both proposals.

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 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 mainly between Irish Fr Provincial, Fr Leonard Sheil SJ and the English Provincial, relating to Fr Sheil’s Mission work in England

  • IE IJA J/16/9
  • File
  • 18 May 1949 - September 1967
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Correspondence mainly between Irish Fr Provincial, Fr Leonard Sheil SJ and the English Provincial, relating to Fr Sheil’s Mission work in England. Includes:
– incomplete letter from Fr Sheil to the Provincial referring to a Mission he and Fr Robert L. Stevenson SJ are to give in Peterborough, ‘We will run one mission in a hostel, and another in the church at the same time. There are 180 Irish in the hostel; and there are believed to be about 400 in lodgings around the town. We may, or may not, be able to get at them.’ Also describes his recent travels on the Continent (third page of letter is missing) (12 Sep. 19--, 2pp);
– letter from Fr Sheil to the Provincial describing a ‘country mission in Northampton’ where he “was told to take a different village every day, say Mass in some Catholic house, visit every house – Catholic or no, and ‘hold a service’ on the village green in the evening” (2 September 19–, 7pp);
– covering letter and note (January 1953, 2pp) from Fr Sheil to the Provincial enclosing a memorandum entitled ‘Relations between Irish and English Jesuit Missioners’ (n.d., 3pp);
– covering letter from Fr Sheil (13 April 1953, 1p.) to the Provincial, enclosing a letter he received from the Archbishop of Cius and English Apostolic Delegate following Fr Sheil’s report to him of 1952 Mission work. The Archbishop writes ‘I have read with deepest interest the reports sent to me by the Reverend Father L. Sheil, S.J. and I have informed the Holy See of all the splendid work that has been accomplished. For this most necessary apostolate, certainly the Delegate of the Holy Father must send a cordial blessing in the name of His Holiness and he is confident that, with God’s help, more and more will be achieved for those who stand so much in need of the ministry of their own priests’ (9 April 1953, 1p.);
– copy letter from the Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne to the English Fr Provincial Desmond Boyle SJ, regarding Fr Boyle’s ‘wishes concerning the activities of the Irish Mission staff in England’. States ‘I have…instructed Father Leonard Sheil to confine his activities in future to Camp Missions during the autumn months, and, once he has fulfilled his programme in London this autumn, to approach no parish priest about a parish Mission nor to accept any parish Mission without a specific request from Father Farrell.…I think he (Fr Sheil) has done good work for the Irish in England, some of which, such as the Confraternity in Birmingham, may be of permanent worth. But whatever good he has achieved is due in no small measure to the co-operation of the English Province and the support he received from the English parish clergy’ (22 Apr. 1953, 1p.);
– Fr Boyle’s reply thanking Fr Byrne for his co-operation and stating ‘I only hope that we of this Province have not seemed too difficult or dog-in-the-manger-ish. The position was getting rather confused and it seemed desirable to regularize it. Your mission Fathers have done wonderful work in England, and I am quite sure that Fr Sheil will be approached either directly or through Fr Farrell for further missions’ (29 Apr. 1953, 1p.);
– letter to Fr Sheil from Dr James Staunton, Bishop of Ferns in which he remarks ‘I was glad to know that you are going to St. Wilfrid’s York, and I hope your Fathers and yourself will be invited to give many missions in the secondary modern schools, and pioneer in this sphere’ (20 Aug. 1958, 2pp);
– letter to the Provincial from Fr Sheil describing the work of two Irish chaplains in London – Fr Cullen in Warwick Street and the chaplain in Bayswater (Sep. 1967, 2pp).
Also includes list drawn up by Fr Sheil of Jesuits who ‘should give a very good priests’ retreat’ (n.d., 2pp).

Correspondence (mostly letters from Archbishop’s House, Drumcondra) concerning the appointment of priest-teachers in the Technical Schools.

Correspondence (mostly letters from Archbishop’s House, Drumcondra) concerning the appointment of priest-teachers in the Technical Schools. Includes holograph letter to the Irish Fr Provincial from Dr John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin (5 August 1955, 1p) and copies of the Spiritual Director’s Report for Bolton Street Technical Institute (195[4] – 1956, 3 items). (See also references to the Technical Schools in ADMN/3/74)

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 Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ

Correspondence relating to Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ, who was Irish Vice Provincial, 11 February 1858-7 December 1860 and the first Provincial of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 8 December 1860 - [ ] 1863. No index.

Lentaigne, Joseph, 1805-1884, Jesuit priest

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 concerning Archbishop McQuaid’s objections to the formation of a Sandymount-Ballsbridge group of Muintir na Tíre

Documents concerning Archbishop McQuaid’s objections to the formation of a Sandymount-Ballsbridge group of Muintir na Tíre and Fr Edward J Coyne’s involvement with the establishment of such a group (See also ADMN/3/29; 37; 39; 57). ‘I am not convinced that this Association has yet proved that it deserves a place in this Diocese, in the country or in the City. Therefore, I have not sanctioned the formation of any group in the Diocese. I should be grateful, if you could give me any help in understanding the Sandymount- Ballsbridge movement.’ (6 November 1941,1p). Includes correspondence between the Archbishop, Irish Fr Provincial and Fr Coyne on the matter. Also includes letter to Irish Fr Provincial from Fr John Hayes, C.C.(Chairman) relating to Muintir na Tíre’s ‘Rural Week’ (29 November 1942, 2pp) and printed advertising leaflets and leaflets concerning National Appeals on behalf of Muintir na Tíre (1940s, 4 items).

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

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