Subfonds IOM - Isle of Man Mission

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Isle of Man Mission


  • 1812-1849; 1958-1999 (Creation)

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1 box

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Administrative history

The Irish Province of the Society of Jesus is the local branch of the Society of Jesus, one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church, was formed in 1860, having been a Vice-Province from 1830. When Fr Peter Kenney SJ, led the Jesuits back to Ireland in 1814 after the Suppression of the Society (1773-1814) his first action was to open a new school at Clongowes Wood College. In the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century the Order was associated with training Catholics to take on a leadership role in the emerging independent Ireland.

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The Isle of Man Mission material details the building of chapels and schools in Douglas and Castletown by Fr Matthew Gahan SJ (1782-1837) and his work on the island. Born in Dublin, he entered the Society at Hodder, Lancashire, England in 1805 and left for the Isle of Man in 1826. He had previously spent 3 months on the island in 1817 and 1825. When he died there in February 1837, the Jesuit mission to the island ended.

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All items retained permanently.


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Material was has been divided into sections.
A. Establishment of a Mission in the Isle of Man (1825-1827)
B. Fr Matthew Gahan SJ and the Isle of Man Mission (1812; 1820; 1826-1849)
C. New Chapel, Douglas (1828-1837)
D. Chapel at Castletown (1813; 1828-1830)
E. Fr Charles Aylmer SJ and the Isle of Man Mission (1835-1837)
F. End of Isle of Man Mission (1837-1849)
G. Historical Research (1958-1999)

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The Irish Jesuit Archives are open only to bona fide researchers. Access by advance appointment. Further details: [email protected]

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No material may be reproduced without the written permission of the Archivist. Copyright restrictions apply. Photocopying is not available. Digital photography is at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Publication note

Dempsey, Rev. William. S. "Apostle of the Isle of Man. Portraits from the Past". 1984

Publication note

Laheen, Fr. Kevin A. SJ "Fr. Myles MacPharlan, P.P., Predecessor to Fr. Matthew Gahan SJ". Unpublished.

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2000; 2006; 2020




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