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Byrne, Thomas, 1904-1978, Jesuit priest
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Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1950

A file of letters written during the year 1950 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia. Includes numerous letters relating to the announcement that eight Irish Jesuits are to be sent to the Chikuni Mission and the need for these men to learn the language (Chitonga). Many letters express concern over the lack of preparations being made for their arrival and a reluctance to comply with Fr General's instructions that all eight men are to be housed together for one year to obtain a firm grasp of the language.

  • Includes a letter from the Apostolic Delegation, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning the division of the mission between the Irish and Polish Jesuits. Advises Fr Byrne to send a suitable Jesuit to Northern Rhodesia to take on the role of Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka when the division takes place (12 June 1950, 1p).
  • Includes a memorandum by Fr John Collins SJ concerning Bantu courses in London University (nd, 2pp).
  • Includes a photograph published in the Irish Independent of the nine Irish Jesuits (eight priests and one brother) before their departure for Chikuni, Northern Rhodesia (19 July 1950, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian MacMahon SJ to Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ announcing their safe arrival in Lusaka (7 August 1950, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh SJ describing a trip he and Fr Louis Meagher SJ made in the Zambesi Valley (22 September 1950, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian McMahon SJ, Chikuni Mission PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ describing the school system here and the training colleges for African teachers (2 October 1950, 7pp).

Walsh, Patrick J, 1911-1975, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1951

A file of letters written during the year 1951 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a report on the Lusaka Mission and Fr Visitor's suggestion that the Irish Fathers take over a part of this mission from the Polish Province (nd, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh, SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi Siding, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ, concerning the starting up of new mission stations. Refers to the division of the Vicariate and remarks '…the Polish Fathers are inclined to be resentful of us….I know there is a great effort being made to ensure that…we shall not get Lusaka.' (30 January 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a memorandum concerning the establishment of a Junior Trade School ([February] 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Rev. A Chichester, S.J., Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, Campion House, Rhodes Avenue, Salisbury, Southrrn Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial enquiring if the Irish Province has plans to open a school for European boys in Northern Rhodesia. A note on the letter remarks 'Nothing doing: will ask Xtian Brothers if he wishes.' (6 October 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Adam Kozlowiecki, S.J. (Apostolic Administrator), Vicariate Apostolic of Lusaka, PO Box 125 to Irish Fr Provincial stating the urgent need for a school for Catholic European boys in Northern Rhodesia. Includes a rough plan of a suitable site (16 November 1951, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from David Mathew, Apostolic Delegate, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish FrProvincial referring to the division of the Vicariate between the Irish and Polish Jesuits (24 November 1951, 3pp).

Walsh, Patrick J, 1911-1975, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1952

A file of letters written during the year 1952 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from David Matthews, Archbishop of Apamea, Apostolic delegate, Delegatio Apostolica, PO Box 468 Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning the proposed boundaries of the Vicariate of Lusaka to be given to the Irish Province. Includes a free hand map of the area (9 January 1952, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial informing him that the building of the residence at the regiment Church has begun. Refers to Mau Mau in Kenya and remarks 'It is likely that in the next few years we shall see similar developments in central Africa. There is a great spirit of unrest and dissatisfaction among the Africans here and there is quite a bit of Communist propaganda going on - especially through the African Congress' (29 November 1952, 1p).

Mathew, David, 1902-1975, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces and historian

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1953

A file of letters written during the year 1953 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from David Mathews, Archbishop of Apamea, Apostolic Delegate, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning his meeting with Fr General regarding the nomination of the Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka. Remarks that Fr General is anxious that the new Bishop, when named, would open a preparatory school for European boys in Lusaka (20 February 1953, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial informing him that the residence at the Regiment Church has been completed (6 March 1953, 2pp).
  • Includes a statement of the Chikuni Mission statistics for the year ending 30 June 1953 (June 1953, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from the Educational Secretary-General to the Northern Rhodesia Catholic Missions, PO Box 29, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to the [Archbishop] concerning the Catholic Teacher Training College proposal (5 September 1953, 3pp).
  • Includes a document relating to a survey on leprosy in Northern Rhodesia made in 1950 (10 December 1953, 11pp).

Mathew, David, 1902-1975, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces and historian

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1954

A file of letters written during the year 1954 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Robert Thompson SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning an invitation from the Dept. of Social Welfare to Frs. Robert Thompson and Patrick J Walshe to participate in Council meetings in preparation for Territorial Social Welfare meetings (21 January 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Adam Kozlowiecki SJ, Apostolic Administrator, Vicariate Apostolic of Lusaka, PO Box 125 to Irish Fr Provincial thanking him for agreeing, in principle, to staff the Teacher Training College with members of the Irish Province (4 April 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from [ ] Kabunda Mission, PO Fort Roseberry to the Right Reverend the Ordinaries of Northern Rhodesia concerning the siting of the proposed territorial Catholic Teacher Training College (6 June 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Education Secretary-General to the North Rhodesia Catholic Missions, PO Box 593, Lusaka concerning the reorganisation of Teacher Training (18 June 1954, 4pp).
  • Includes a memorandum by Irish Fr Provincial concerning the terms governing the choice of a site for the Teacher Training College (1 October 1954, 5pp).
  • Includes Fr Robert Thompson SJ's impressions of participating in the Social Services Conference, Northern Rhodesia (19 October 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a memorandum by Fr Walter O'Connor SJ concerning the leprosy settlement near Chikuni (November 1954, 3pp).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Fr Joseph Hurley's wish to write some of the Messenger of the Sacred Heart in Irish

  • IE IJA J/3/32
  • File
  • 21 November-6 December 1952
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file relating to Fr Joseph Hurley's wish to write some of the Messenger of the Sacred Heart in Irish. Includes a letter from Fr F. Schwendimann SJ, Directio Generalis, Apostolatus Orationis, Borgo S. Spirito 5, Rome, Italy to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ expressing his worry over different dialects in Ireland and the possibility of misinterpretation (21 November 1952, 1p). Includes a copy reply from Fr Provincial explaining that although differences do occur within the Irish language in different parts of Ireland the meaning would not be misinterpreted (26 November 1952, 1p).

Hurley, Joseph, 1905-1984, Jesuit priest and Irish language editor

Fr Thomas Byrne SJ

Catalogue available 2022.

Byrne, Thomas, 1904-1978, Jesuit priest

Jesuit Year Book

Copy of an image from the Jesuit Year Book on the occasion of Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ visitation to Northern Rhodesia.

Letter from Fr Hilary Lawton SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning changes in the course of studies of Clongowes

Letter from Fr Hilary Lawton SJ, Clongowes Wood College, Naas, County Kildare to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning changes in the course of studies of Clongowes he is planning. Seeks permission to travel to England, Holland and Belgium to see other methods of education at work.

Lawton, Hilary, 1912-1984, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Patrick Connolly SJ to his Irish Fr Provincial, urging him to consider taking over the Jesuit Mission of Northern Rhodesia

Letter from Fr Patrick J Connolly SJ, 35 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin urging him to consider taking over the Jesuit Mission of Northern Rhodesia from the Polish Province. Remarks 'The mission is a going concern: to take it over would cost nothing save in man-power. It has its residences, chapels, schools, landed property (some thousands of acres waiting to be exploited)'.

Connolly, Patrick J, 1875-1951 Jesuit priest and editor

Letters written from Nothern Rhodesia to the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1948

Letters written from Jesuits in Northern Rhodesia to the Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J O'Brien SJ (one of the two Jesuits sent out to Northern Rhodesia by Fr Provincial) remarking 'The situation here is desperate. There is no other word to describe it. It was already critical when the first appeal was made to the Irish Province. And while Fr Patrick J Walsh SJ and myself were waiting for a boat to come here, 3 fathers died. Since then we have lost a fourth…' (7 January 1948, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J O'Brien SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ thanking him for agreeing to send two more Jesuits to the mission (Fr Maurice Dowling SJ & Fr Daniel Shields SJ, although Fr Joseph Gill SJ subsequently went in Fr Shield's place) (7 April 1948, 2pp).

Zabdyr, Ladislaus, 1890-1968, Jesuit priest and missioner

Letters written from Nothern Rhodesia to the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1949

Letters written from Jesuits in Northern Rhodesia to the Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh SJ, PO Box 87, Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia referring to the imminent opening of the secondary school in Chikuni. Remarks that without Frs Dowling and Gill they would not have been able to open the school. Remarks that they are still waiting for the rains to come so that the maize crop can be sown (4 January 1949, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh SJ, PO Box 87, Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia describing the difficulties of the mission while it remains under complete control of the Polish Province (30 October 1949, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh SJ, PO Box 87, Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia concerning the possibility of the Irish Province taking over the Lusaka Prefecture. Remarks that he would welcome the development as long as it was entirely independent of the Polish Jesuits (5 December 1949, 4pp).

Walsh, Patrick J, 1911-1975, Jesuit priest and missioner

Photographs in the possession of Fr Paddy Meagher SJ

Photographs in the possession of Fr Paddy Meagher SJ (1917-2005). Fr Eddie O’ Donnell SJ notes ‘Not all enclosed photographs were taken by Fr Browne’ (May 2017). Many are of Emo Court (dated 7, 21 and 27 May 1967, February 1968) and later therefore not taken by Fr Frank Browne SJ. Some have on reverse ‘Lorna Madden, Artist Photographer, 50 Highfield Park, Dundurm Rd, Dublin, Irish Times, Studio M or Lensman.
Photographs of Irish Jesuits including:
Kieran Barry-Ryan;
Patrick Cusack;
Peter Doyle;
Michael Erraught;
Michael P Gallagher (1957);
Patrick Gannon;
John Hannon;
Brendan Hyland;
John Joy;
Tony McSheara;
John Maguire;
Br Matthews;
Paddy Meagher;
Leon O’Giollain;
Michael O’ Sullivan;
Liam O’Hara;
Stephen Ryan;
Charles Scantlebury;
William White;

Jean-Baptiste Janssen SJ;
Jerry Headfort, Elsie, Michael and Lord Henry Taylor - Michael’s coming of age (Easter 1953);
Crescent College, Limerick, 1957, with Ray Quilligan (front, centre) who was a Jesuit scholastic and two to his right - Fr Billy Carroll SJ(RIP) by Egleston Bros, Limerick (1957);
Clongowes Wood College Irish Class, 1956-1957;
Ciary Quirke ordination (1968) with John Murphy kneeling and Michael Gallagher waiting for a blessing. Paddy Doyle in background, left;
Fr Philip Fogarty SJ giving a blessing to Fr Cecil McGarry SJ (1971);
Fr Paddy Cusack SJ with novices;
Fr Joe Dargan SJ with novices;
Milltown Park grounds. Library and ordinations, with Archbishop John Charles McQuaid;
Br McAuley, Frs Brendan Barry, Charlie O’ Conor, Hebert Dargan, Pedro Arrupe, John Russell, John Byrne and John Kerr;
St Mary’s, Emo, Laois – grounds;

Photographs damaged by damp
Mr Frank Browne SJ as a scholastic novice;
Mr Frank Browne with family (Uncle Robert, Bishop of Cloyne);
Robert L. Stephenson, Frank Browne, William Prendergast, William Hogan and Richard Maguire;
George Byrne;
Hugh Kelly;
William Gwynn;
Haymaking;
Wood carving;
Italian Jesuits - science;
Belvedere Villa group, Kerry, 1910;

Jesuits at Emo 1946:
Fred Cuffe, Donal O’Sullivan, Michael Garraghy, Patrick Gannon, Stephen Bartley, Frank Browne, Thomas Byrne, William Prendergast;

John Hannon, Thomas Byrne and Jerome Mahony at Emo, 1946;

Jesuits at Emo, 1946: Frank Browne, Fred Cuffe, Brendan Brennan, William Prendergast, Thomas Byrne, Richard Maguire, William Hogan, John Hannon, Stephen Bartley;

Meagher, Patrick, 1917-2005, Jesuit priest