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Photographs of the 29th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus

Photographs of the 29th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus. Including photograph of representatives of the English and Irish Province, and Australian Vice-Province.

Back: Helsham, Joseph Canavan (Irish Province)
Front: John Fahy (Australian Vice-Province), John R MacMahon (Irish Province), John Hannon (Irish Province), Martin D'Arcy (English Province),

Association of Secondary Schools in Ireland and correspondence with the Society of Jesus in relation to the secondary schools under their direction

A file relating to the Association of Secondary Schools in Ireland (ASTI) and correspondence with the Society of Jesus in relation to the secondary schools under their direction. Includes letters relating to the dismissal of lay teachers, the employment of lay teachers in Jesuit schools and the salaries of lay teachers, list of lay teachers at Clongowes Wood College SJ and salary (1941)

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

Letters from Fr John Ffrench SJ, Gesú, Rome, Italy to Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ

A file of letters from Fr John Ffrench SJ, Gesú, Rome, Italy to Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ (Vice Provincial: 11 February 1858-1860; First Provincial of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus: 8 December 1860 - [ ] 1863). At this time Fr Ffrench SJ was the substitute English Assistant to Fr General. As a result many of the letters have an official slant. Includes an index/précis to the letters by Fr James Rabbitte SJ.

Ffrench, John, 1812-1873, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr John Ffrench SJ, Gesú, Rome to Irish Fr Provincial Edmund J O'Reilly SJ

A file of letters from Fr John Ffrench SJ, Gesú, Rome, Italy to Irish Fr Provincial Edmund J O'Reilly SJ (term as Fr Provincial 1863 - 19 April 1870). Fr Ffrench's letters were written in his capacity as English Assistant to Fr General. As a result all of the letters have an official slant. Includes an index/précis to the letters by Fr James Rabbitte SJ.

Ffrench, John, 1812-1873, Jesuit priest

Copy extract of a letter from the Cardinal Alessandro Barnabo, Rome to Dr Paul Cullen, Archbishop of Dublin, regarding the baptism of miscarried foetuses

Copy extract of a letter from the Cardinal Prefect of the Propaganda, Cardinal Alessandro Barnabo, Rome to Dr Paul Cullen, Archbishop of Dublin, regarding the baptism of miscarried foetuses. (In Italian).

Barnabò, Alessandro, 1801-1874, Prefect of the Congregation Propaganda Fide and Cardinal

Letters from Fr John Ffrench SJ to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ

A file of letters from Fr John Ffrench SJ (all except one dated 2 September 1870 are written from Gesú, Rome) to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ (term 20 April 1870 - 17 March 1877). Fr Ffrench's letters were written in his capacity as English Assistant to Fr General. As a result all of the letters have an official slant. Fr Ffrench, SJ died in Rome on 31 May 1873. Includes an index/précis to the letters by Fr James Rabbitte SJ.

Ffrench, John, 1812-1873, Jesuit priest

Letters to the Irish Fr Provincial from Fr John MacErlean SJ on various matters

Letters to the Irish Fr Provincial from Fr John MacErlean SJ on various matters including:
– Fr MacErlean’s censure on a Society Appeal for Funds;
– the progress of his historical research, news from Rome and news about the Society in Australia;
– the establishment of the Society in Ireland including a ‘list of whatever documents exist to my knowledge regarding the establishment of the Society in Ireland…What exactly the establishment of the Society in Ireland means I do not know. It may be a question for a canonist to solve. The canonical succession of the New Society to the Old is disputed, and Rome has never decided the point’;
– the proposed purchase of a volume consisting of ‘the indexes of the first eleven volumes of the Bollandist Acta Sanctorum down to the 3rd volume of April’ and the binding which is ‘much older than the contents…the binding of a Missal that was presented to Father (Nicholas) Leynach in 1613 - 14 by Francis Bray, at a time when Fr Leynach was trying to establish a chapel or oratory of the Society in Clonmel’;
– the Irish College in Rome;
– lists of books the Province could present to ‘the library to be established for the use of the Coll(egium) Scriptorum and a ‘list of those members of our Province who might now or hereafter be fit to cooperate with the Collegium Scriptorum in the production of works’ and a
– ‘Brief Sketch of the Work of the Irish Jesuits from the foundation to the Suppression of the Society 1540 – 1773’ (11pp).

MacErlean, John C, 1870-1950, Jesuit priest, historian and archivist

Report on Poverty in the Province

Documents relating to a report on poverty in the Province sent to Rome in October 1926 in response to a letter sent in March 1926 by Fr General to the Irish Fr Provincial. Includes copy of Fr General’s letter, questionnaire and the responses which comprise the report.

Legacy of Josephine Keshan

Correspondence mostly between two sisters and the Irish Fr Provincial concerning the sisters’ efforts to contest the will of their late cousin, Josephine Keshan, decd., 1910, who left the administration of her entire estate to the Society of Jesus. The matter was settled amicably.

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.

Letters to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ and Vice-Provincial Fr John Coyne SJ from Fr General John Baptist Janssens SJ

Circulars and letters to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ and Vice-Provincial Fr John Coyne SJ from Fr General John Baptist Janssens SJ, Fr Joseph Bolland SJ, English Assistant, Fr Friedrich Schwendimann SJ and others. Includes letters concerning the appointment of Iacobus Martegani as Italian Assistant (14 January 1955); the use of contraceptive devices by married couples (19 May 1955); the fourth centenary of the death of Ignatius Loyola (31 July 1955); the situation of the Society of Jesus in Poland (28 January 1957).

Janssens, Jean-Baptiste,1889-1964, Jesuit priest and Father General

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

Regulations issued by the Fr General in relation to the studies of scholastics in the English and Irish Provinces

‘Animadversiones in Relationes pro Studiis Scholasticorum Ordinanis pro Provinciis Angliae et Hiberniae.’ Regulations issued by the Fr General in relation to the studies of scholastics in the English and Irish Provinces. (In Latin).

Wernz, Franz Xavier, 1842-1914, Jesuit priest and Father General

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ to the Irish Fr.Provincial and refers to the proposal to establish the Irish Messenger

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ, writing from Rome, to the Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Refers to the proposal to establish the Irish Messenger. Also makes reference to a request for a dispensation on behalf of a priest who wished to enter the Society. Announces that Fr John Ffrench SJ is very sick, and that he is to receive the last sacraments soon. Reports on the political situation in Rome, and the threat of suppression that faces the Society.

Armellini, Torquatus, 1823-1901, Jesuit priest

Copy of a general resolution of the Society of Jesus, issued by Fr General Roothaan

Copy of a general resolution of the Society of Jesus, issued by Fr General Roothaan. Addressed to Camille de Dominicis, Superioress of the Monastery of the Holy Virgin St. Ursula in Rome, and to all the religious of that monastery and of ‘the other monasteries of the same valuable order in the Catholic world.’ Grants a share in the prayers, sacrifices and other pious works performed by members of the Society.

Roothaan, Jan Philipp,1785-1853, Jesuit priest and Father General

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial on subject of a professor and painting of Fr Ffrench

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ, writing from Rome, to the Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Refers to a letter from the latter, the subject of which Fr Armellini has communicated to the Fr General. Expresses the hope that Fr Walsh has by now received the painting and drawing of Fr Ffrench, by way of Miss Fleming. Adds that ‘[t]he professor shall not be sent’ until word comes from Fr. Walsh. Encloses small photographs of the portrait (not included). Contains note written by Fr Walsh regarding the content of the letter.

Armellini, Torquatus, 1823-1901, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial on request for a German or Italian professor

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ, writing from Rome, to the Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Refers to the latter’s request for a German or Italian professor. Explains that, with the scholastics out of the Roman College, ‘double professors are required’, and that many have been sent elsewhere. Undertakes to send to Fr Walsh the portrait of Fr. Ffrench ‘in oil colours and with pensil [sic]’. Reports that the previous day they had a procession in the Church of St. Ignatius ‘to place the body of the Bd John Berchmans in the new shrine’. Encloses a photograph of a painting by Gagliardi Junior ‘and offered by F. Rossi to the Augustinian Father who delivered the panegyric of the Bd Peter at the Gesù’.

Armellini, Torquatus, 1823-1901, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial on query in relation to the training of a novice master for Ireland

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ, writing from Rome, to the Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. In reply to the latter's query in relation to the training of a novice master for Ireland. Fr Armellini recommends Fr Van der Hoeven SJ, Rector and Master of novices at Arlon in Belgium. Refers to Fr Walsh’s statement in relation to a villa house in Ireland. Asks Fr Walsh to reply soon to the Fr General in relation to ‘the Diocesan Seminary’; suggests that the Bishop might have changed his mind in relation to handing it over to the Society. Reports on the health of the Pope. Refers to the portraits and drawings of Fr Ffrench, which had not yet arrived in Dublin.

Armellini, Torquatus, 1823-1901, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial and refers to events in Rome

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ, writing from the American College in Rome, to the Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Declines, with thanks, the latter's ‘offering’. Refers to events in Rome, and reports that the Fr General and others will not leave the country ‘till they see what can be done and where they may settle themselves.’ Announces that he is to stay in Rome for some time ‘for the communications with the Propaganda &c.’. Asks Fr. Walsh to send faculties to him to distribute.

Armellini, Torquatus, 1823-1901, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial and refers to events in Rome and to a decree which deprived the Society of its houses and churches there

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ, writing from the American College in Rome, to the Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Acknowledges the receipt of the latter's letter, with enclosures, of 24 November. States that he has not yet heard of the arrival of Dr Conroy. Refers to events in Rome, and to a decree which deprived the Society of its houses and churches there. Also laments the effects of the situation on the Catholic schools.

Armellini, Torquatus, 1823-1901, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial and thanks the latter for the money order which he enclosed in his last letter

Letter from Fr Torquatus Armellini SJ, writing from the American College in Rome, to the Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Thanks the latter for the money order which he enclosed in his last letter. Discusses the matter of the payment of stipendia for masses. Refers to the suspension of the sale of a farm belonging to the Irish College in Rome. Reports that the Pope had made a decree in relation to the Venerable Fr. Antony Baldinucci SJ, saying that he ‘possessed the theological and cardinal virtues in grada heroico’. Asks Fr Walsh to communicate to him details in relation to the proposed painting of Blessed Peter Faber, and asks where it is to be sent. Reports that the Fr General is in Fiesole at present.

Armellini, Torquatus, 1823-1901, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr George Lambert SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial on importance on avoiding controversy

Letter from Fr George Lambert SJ, writing from the Gesù in Rome, to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Writes to the latter at the request of the Fr General to draw the attention of Fr Walsh ‘to the great importance of avoiding anything which might give the Engl. Government a pretext to quarrel with us’. Adds that the prospects of the Society retaining their houses and churches decrease every day.

Lambert, George, 1821-1882, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr George Lambert SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial reporting that the Gesù was taken over by officials of the Giunta

Letter from Fr George Lambert SJ, writing from the Gesù in Rome, to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Reports that the Gesù was taken over by officials of the Giunta. Encloses a protest that was read and handed in by Fr Armellini (included; in Italian), and states that the residents are to vacate the building on 3 November.

Lambert, George, 1821-1882, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Alfred Weld SJ, Rome, to Irish Fr Provincial on the takeover of the Gesù

Letter from Fr Alfred Weld SJ, writing from the Gesù in Rome, to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Reports on the takeover of the Gesù by the Giunta, and states that the house is to be used as offices for the Artillery, Infantry and Cavalry. Refers to effect these events are having on the Fr General, and reports on the exodus of the residents from the house. Announces that he and Fr. Lambert are going to the English College. Refers also to the Roman College and the South American College. Refers to confusion in relation to the Pope’s rights over the Observatory. Reports that the Fr General gave him a letter from Fr Walsh, in which he refers to ‘the house in Stephen's Green’, and declares himself to be glad that Fr Walsh has accepted it, and hopes that ‘an energetic man devoted to study’ will be appointed as head.

Weld, Alfred, 1823-1890, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Alfred Weld SJ to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ giving news

Letter from Fr Alfred Weld SJ, writing from Fiesole, to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Confirms that the letters which the latter referred to had arrived, and refers to the travel plans of Fr Kelly and Fr. Mathew. Also refers to Dr Ricard's mission in England. Reports on a dispute with the Bishop of Salford (Herbert Vaughan) in relation to the opening of a school of the Society in Manchester. Gives an account of his own visit to Rome, including his attendance at a dinner in the Irish College on St. Patrick’s Day. Remarks that they have heard nothing from Milltown since coming to Fiesole. Refers to the success of the new Master of Novices.

Weld, Alfred, 1823-1890, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Alfred Weld SJ to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ reporting that the Fr General has decided to help Dr Ricard with his college

Letter from Fr Alfred Weld SJ, writing from Collegio Romano, Rome, to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Reports that the Fr General has decided to help Dr Ricard with his college; asks Fr Walsh to find someone to take charge of it, and who would be competent to teach philosophy and theology in ‘a new colonial establishment’. Expresses his admiration for Bishop Ricard and his satisfaction at the thought of a new foreign mission. Refers to the problems with the Bishop of Salford and the opening of a school in Manchester.

Weld, Alfred, 1823-1890, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Alfred Weld SJ to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ reporting that the Fr General has decided to help Dr Ricards with his college

Letter from Fr Alfred Weld SJ, writing from Collegio Romano, Rome, to Irish Fr Provincial Nicholas Walsh SJ. Reports that he met Cardinal Cullen while in Rome, and adds that he has heard that the latter had written a letter to Rome critical of the Jesuits in ‘the Manchester affair’, which was settled in favour of the Bishop of Salford. Refers to Dr Ricards’ mission in South Africa. Sends his correspondent two prospectuses of Fr Garrucci’s work on ancient Christian Art. Admits that he had no opportunity of speaking to Fr Angelini in relation to Blessed Berchman's letter. Undertakes to put his correspondent’s letter before the Fr General, and gives his opinion on the opening of letters in the colleges of the Society, and the allowing of scholastics to go out alone. Suggests that his correspondent should send his boys and scholastics to take degrees at the London University.

Weld, Alfred, 1823-1890, Jesuit priest

Translation of extracts from notes taken of the Father General's address to the pilgrims of the ‘Jeunesse catholique française’ in Rome

‘Extract from an address of the Very Rev. Fr. General.’ Translation of extracts from notes taken of the Father General's address to the pilgrims of the ‘Jeunesse catholique française’ in Rome. Refers to the difficult situation in France, and to the responsibilities of the youth of France in the face of religious persecution. Also speaks of the importance of the Colleges in defending against error.

Documents, comprising encyclicals and open letters to all prelates issued by Pope Pius IX

Documents, comprising encyclicals and open letters to all prelates, including those in Ireland, issued by Pope Pius IX. Includes an encyclical on the political upheavals in the Italian states, an appeal for support in defence of the Papal states (18 June 1859, 15pp), and a ‘Decretum’ re. the rights of religious orders, a copy of a decree regarding the receiving of novices, and the admittance to professions in the Society (28 January 1850; 2pp).

Pius IX, Pope, 1792-1878, Head of the Catholic Church

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).
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