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Bodkin, Matthias, 1896-1973, Jesuit priest and chaplain
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Fr Matthias Bodkin's sister (Rosie Bodkin), Sr Teresa Magdalen's final vows

A file of letters relating to Fr Matthias Bodkin's sister (Rosie Bodkin), Sr Teresa Magdalen's final vows. Includes a letter from Sr Teresa Dympna, Prioress, Carmelite Monastery of the Incarnation, Hampton, Drumcondra, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial seeking permission for Fr Bodkin to be present at the ceremony.

Bodkin, Matthias, 1896-1973, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Letters to the Irish Fr Provincial from Fr Matthias Bodkin SJ written during his time as chaplain in the Royal Navy

Letters to the Irish Fr Provincial from Fr Matthias Bodkin SJ written during his time as chaplain in the Royal Navy based at R.N. Base, Derry, Northern Ireland (refers to trips to the Arctic Circle and Western Australia) and serving on the battleship H.M.S. Anson in the East. Includes;

  • Letter concerning his finances (February 1945, 10pp) and draft of Fr Provincial’s reply (25 February 1945, 2pp);
  • Letter from Sergeant Major D.J. Fitzgerald (R.M. Detachment) of H.M.S. Anson describing Fr Bodkin’s activities in Malta (4 June 1945, 3pp);
  • Letters describing his trip to Hong Kong, his visit with the Mission there (12 August – 25 October 1945, 12 items);
  • News of the various Jesuits in Hong Kong and how they have fared during the occupation;
  • Description of Tokyo (December 1945, 2 items); a ‘rough memory draft’ of his expenditure (1p.)
  • Draft copy of letter from the Provincial to Fr Bodkin concerning his finances (5 January 1946, 2pp) (letter was never sent).

Bodkin, Matthias, 1896-1973, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Series of lectures for the students of Clongowes Wood College, arranged by Fr Matthias Bodkin SJ

Documents relating to a series of lectures for the students of Clongowes Wood College, arranged by Fr Matthias Bodkin SJ. Includes notification and programme of lectures to ‘encourage a wider range of thought and culture’ (1934-1935, 2pp);
– letters to Fr Bodkin from various academics and professionals arranging the lectures, including letters:
– from Patrick Semple, Professor of Latin, National University of Ireland (lecture on ‘The Roman Emperors’) (6 September-10 November 1934, 6 items);
– from John F Larchet, Professor of Music, National University of Ireland (lecture on ‘The Appreciation of Music’) (14 September 1934-22 February 1936, 4 items);
– from Canon P Boylan, Professor of Oriental Languages, Maynooth (lecture on Egyptology) (2 October, 4 December 1934, 3 items);
– from Michael Tierney, Professor of Greek, National University of Ireland (lecture on ‘The Historic Sights of Greece’) (7 September 1934 – 29 October 1935, 5 items);
– from Thomas Bodkin (Fr. Bodkin’s brother), D. Litt. (lecture on ‘The National Gallery’) (5 February 1935, 1p.);
– from John Joseph Robinson, F.R.I.A.I. (lecture on ‘Renaissance Architecture’) (8 September 1934-25 April 1935, 4 items);
– from Professor Joseph Doyle, Botany Department, University College Dublin (11 November-15 December 1936, 2 items);
– from Professor J.C. Sperrin-Johnson, Botany Department, University College Cork (12-22 November 1935, 2 items) and
– from Maurice Leahy (to Fr Fergal McGrath SJ), founder and editor of 'The Ireland – American Review' (14 January-25 February 1938, 6 items).

Bodkin, Matthias, 1896-1973, Jesuit priest and chaplain