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Sodality of Our Lady
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Sodality of Our Lady and Christian Life Communities

  • IE IJA SOD
  • Fonds
  • 1853-1985

The Sodality of Our Lady, an association formed by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and approved by the Holy See, was a religious body which aimed at fostering in its members an ardent devotion, reverence and filial love towards the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St Patrick was canonically erected in the Church of St Francis Xavier, Upper Gardiner Street on 1st May, 1853. Members of a sodality would attend devotions in the evening time or at weekends.

The material documents the creation of sodalities in Ireland from 1863 to 1960. This is known as ‘aggregation to the Primae Primariae’ and sodalities were formed in many colleges, convents, hospitals, parishes, and schools. Sodality booklets and newsletters provide background and history to the work of sodalities in Ireland.

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

Booklets for the Sodality of Our Lady

Booklets relating to the Sodality of Our Lady concerning rules, meditations, prayers, explanations and history of the Sodality. Includes 'Meditations for Sodalists', 'Rules of the Sodality of Our Lady', 'Prayers for the Dying', 'How to Establish a Sodality', 'His Mother's Beads', 'No surer way to heaven', 'What is the sodality of Our Lady?', 'The Message', 'Guide to the Sodality of Our Lady', 'The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ireland: A short history' by Fr John MacErlean SJ, 'Sodality of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph: For Invalids', 'Sodality of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph: For Invalids, Daily duties', 'Magnificat Bulletin of the Sodality for the Sick' and 'Favours lost by a person who deliberately neglects to receive one holy communion'.

Booklets and leaflets which are pasted into a scrapbook entitled 'Sodality Training Handbook'

Collection of booklets and leaflets which are pasted into a scrapbook entitled 'Sodality Training Handbook'. Includes 'Sodalities of Our Lady', 'An introduction to Sodalities of Our Lady' by Douglas E. Daly SJ, 'The Common Rules', 'How to establish a Sodality', 'The Bread of the Strong' by Paul Leonard SJ, 'God's Gospel and Your Prayer' by Stephen Redmond SJ, and a number of other booklets. Two sample diplomas of membership of the Sodality of Our Lady are pasted into the collection (in Irish and English).

'Parish Sodalists Red Book' and American publications on the Sodalities

Handbook entitled 'Parish Sodalists Red Book' belonging to Fr John B Kerr SJ. Includes booklets, sample membership cards and sodality seals. The articles are aimed at a American audience. Includes 'An Introduction to the Sodalities of Our Lady' by Fr Douglas E. Daly SJ and 'Moderator's Manual for the St. Mary's Integrated Four-Year High School Sodality Program'.

Kerr, John B, 1919-1978, Jesuit priest

Documents related to Sodality history and surveys

File of documents related to Sodality history and surveys. Includes 'Sodality Conference, 1955', 'A Sodality Venture: St Francis Xavier's Boys' Club' by Charles Molony SJ, '350 years - The Irish Sodalities 1598 - 1948' by Rev. E. O'Connor SJ, 'Memorandum on Sodalities of Our Lady in Ireland, 1958', Extracts from 'A History of the Society of Jesus' by Fr William Bagert SJ, 'General report on Irish Sodalities, 1966', 'The Sodality of Our Lady in Ireland', 'Sodalities of Our Lady: Survey: May 1967', 'The Sodality of Our Lady in Ireland in the Nineteenth Century' by Rev. E. O'Connor SJ, 'Report on the present state of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin in Ireland' by T F Ryan SJ, 'Nursing Sodalities', 'Common Sample Commentary Constitution for a Diocesan Sodality Federation', 'Sample Constitution and By- Laws for Union of Adult Sodalities', 'Popes who were Sodalists', calendar of 'Sancti et Beati Sodales Mariani' and record of donations from the sodality to Pope Pius XII, 1954.