Fonds SOD - Sodality of Our Lady and Christian Life Communities

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IE IJA SOD

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Sodality of Our Lady and Christian Life Communities

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  • 1853-1967 (Creation)

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10 boxes

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(1830-)

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 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.

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All items retained permanently.

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Material was catalogued in 2009.

A. Sodality Literature and History
B. Sodality by County
C. Sodality Lists and Addresses
D. Sodality Correspondence
E. Sodality Leadership Courses
F. Christian Life Communities
G. International Institute of the Heart of Jesus

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The Irish Jesuit Archives are open only to bona fide researchers. Access by advance appointment. Further details: www.jesuitarchives.ie

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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

Lennon, Colm (ed.). “Confraternities and sodalities in Ireland: charity, devotion and sociability”. Dublin: Columba Press, 2012.

Publication note

O'Conor, Fr. Charles SJ. “The Sodality of Our Lady in the 19th century’”. Jesuit Directory, 1945.

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