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Extract describing Irish Jesuit scholastics at Palermo in 1810

Photocopy of an extract from Annali Siculi Della Nuova Provincia, 1810, describing Irish Jesuit scholastics at Palermo in 1810. Photocopy given to Fr Fergal McGrath SJ (Irish Province Archivist until 1986) by Fr Daniel O'Connell SJ, Rome.

O'Connell, Daniel Joseph, 1896-1982, Jesuit priest, astronomer and seismologist

Copies of Irish ‘Informationes’ transcribed from the ‘Codex Novitiorum’ and ‘Informationes Novitiorum’

Copies of Irish ‘Informationes’ transcribed from the ‘Codex Novitiorum’ and ‘Informationes Novitiorum’ kept at Galloro, Roman Province. Sent with covering letter (12 February 1933, 1p) by Fr Denis Nerney SJ to Fr John MacErlean SJ. Includes ‘Informationes Novitiorum Hib. S.J. in Tirocino Romano, 1826 - 1841’ (in Italian, 6pp) and extracts from the Codex Novitiorum, 1565 – 1586 (in Latin, 7pp).

Material concerning the reason(s) behind Fr David Woulfe’s leaving of the Society of Jesus

Material concerning the reason(s) behind Fr David Woulfe’s leaving of the Society of Jesus. Includes typescript by Fr Francis Finegan SJ entitled ‘Why did David Wolf Leave the Society?’ an appendix to his privately published pamphlet on the earliest period of the Society in Ireland (n.d., 7pp);

  • nineteenth century transcript of a Latin document ‘formerly’ in the archives of the Society at Gesu, supposedly the evidence of Fr William Good SJ, accusing Fr Woulfe of a ‘moral delinquency’ (n.d., 15pp) and
  • transcript of the same made by Fr Fergal McGrath SJ (Irish Province Archivist to 1986), with explanatory note attached (n.d., 30pp).

Transcripts in Italian made by Fr John MacErlean SJ concerning the Suppression of the Society of Jesus

Transcripts in Italian made by Fr John MacErlean SJ from various sources, concerning the Suppression and preservation of the Society of Jesus. Includes:
– extract of a published document dating from 1773 ‘Frederic II to his agent in Rome, giving reasons why he wishes to preserve the Jesuits in his states’ and
– ‘Lettera del Cardinale Cristoforo Migazzi Arcivescovo di Vienna alla Santità di N.S. Papa Clemente XIV’ (3pp).

MacErlean, John Campbell, 1870-1950, Jesuit priest, historian and archivist

Material relating to Fr Michael Fitzgerald SJ compiled by Fr Hugh Fenning, O.P.

Documents relating to Fr Michael Fitzgerald SJ compiled by Fr Hugh Fenning, O.P. (Collegio S. Clemente, Via Labicana, Rome), for Fr Francis Finegan SJ. Includes letter from Fr Fenning to Fr Franics Finegan SJ (13 April 1966), 2pp) and enclosed ‘References to Michael Fitzgerald SJ in the archives of San Clemente, Rome’ (n.d., 3pp).

Fenning, Hugh, 1935-2018, Dominican priest, archivist and historian

Document signed by Emmanuel de Zuñiga SJ granting permission for saying Mass

Document signed by Emmanuel de Zuñiga SJ of the Society of Jesus in the Kingdom of Sicily granting permission to Frs Horatio Mont[ ], Robert St Leger, Bartholomew Esmonde, Paul Ferley and James Butler to celebrate Mass, hear confessions etc [in Sicily]. (In Latin; with seal attached).

de Zuñiga, Emmanuel, 1743-1820, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to [ ] in which he refers to Lord George Cholmondely

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to [ ]. Refers to Lord George Cholmondely, Viscount Malpas, son of Count Cholmondely, who was sent to Palermo by his father the previous summer for medical reasons. Refers to Fr St Leger SJ and Fr Charles Aylmer SJ. (In Italian).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, Jesuit priest

Copies of three letters from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ and discusses the six young Irish novices sent to Palermo, Italy

Copies of three letters from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Discusses the six young Irish novices sent to Palermo, and singles out Fr Peter Kenney SJ for special praise, as well as Fr Thomas Glover SJ. (In Italian and Latin).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ in Palermo to Fr Thomas Glover SJ and expresses delight that the latter returned safely to Stonyhurst

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ in Palermo to Fr Thomas Glover SJ. Expresses delight that the latter returned safely to Stonyhurst. Reports the death of Cogan on 15 October. Reminds him to send a book for the Prince of Butera. Refers to the landing of French troops, the defence effort by the Sicilians, and the subsequent surrender of some French, and the flight of others back to Naples, upon the arrival of the British troops. States that Paccanari ‘has taken a wife & walks the streets of Rome with her with shameless effrontery.’ Expresses the fear that the Irish have complained of him (Kenney) ‘for having led F. Stone astray’.

Kenney, Peter J, 1779-1841, Jesuit priest and educator

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ and expresses his delight at the arrival in Palermo of the six novices sent by Plowden

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Expresses his delight at the arrival in Palermo of the six novices sent by Plowden. Reports that Frs Glover and Kenney did very well in their theology exams, and claims that they are the two strongest students in that field. (In Italian).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ dealing with the misunderstanding surrounding the Pope’s supposed assent to the aggregation of Jesuits to Russia

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Deals with the issue of the misunderstanding surrounding the Pope’s supposed assent to the aggregation of Jesuits to Russia. Refers to the involvement of Fr Thomas Glover SJ, Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ, Cardinal Gonsalvi, Fr Gabriel Grüber, the Emperor of Russia, and others. States that Fr Angiolini advises that some Irish novices should be sent over to Palermo to make their vows, and then sent back to Ireland, in order to ensure that the property of the Irish ex-Jesuits remained with the Society.

Kenney, Peter J, 1779-1841, Jesuit priest and educator

[Copy of] letter [to] Fr Charles Plowden SJ, The writer refers to ‘our friends in Palermo’

[Copy of] letter [to] Fr Charles Plowden SJ, The writer refers to ‘our friends in Palermo’, and states that ‘relying on F. Genl’s Gruber’s assurance’ he has educated ‘many Eng & Irish to form a future British [province]’. Refers to Archbishop Troy’s interference some years before, which resulted in an order from Cardinal Michele di Pietro that Fr Callaghan was bound to leave to Troy all the property of the extinct Society.

Copies of a letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Fr Mozzi at the Gesú in Rome

Two copies of a letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Fr Mozzi at the Gesú in Rome. A note explains that ‘it being judged hazardous to direct it to Rome it was sent to Rotterdam in the autumn of 1808’ to be forwarded to the Fr General in St Petersburg. The subject is property belonging to the Society in Dublin (In Latin with small summary in English).

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Cardinal di Pietro – reply to the latter’s letter of 7 October 1809

Copy of letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Cardinal di Pietro - reply to the latter’s letter of 7 October 1809. Refers to Archbishop Troy’s appeal to Rome in relation to the will of Fr Richard Callaghan, and reminds the Cardinal of the oath sworn by all English priests to renounce all pretensions of the Holy See to interfere in civil affairs within Great Britain. Also alludes to the dangers of such interference especially when the Holy See is subject to the rule of Napoleon Buonaparte. Discusses the will of Fr Callaghan in relation to the agreement made by Irish ex-Jesuits in 1793, and asserts that no promise was ever made to leave Jesuit property to the Irish prelates. (In Italian). Letter appears on same document as a copy of the one to which it replies, and a copy of an excerpt of a letter from Fr Stone to Archbishop Troy.

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ. Refers to the appeal made by the prelates of Ireland to Rome in relation to the will of the late Fr Richard Callaghan. Claims that the latter, according to an oath sworn on 23 August 1793, should have left his property to Fr Betagh, and not to Stone. Demands that Stone transmit to Rome an authentic copy of the Pope’s alleged rescript, by which Callaghan believed himself to legitimately free to dispose of the funds of the ex-Jesuits in favour of Stone (In Italian). Letter appears on same document as a copy of the reply to it from Fr Stone, and a copy of an excerpt of a letter from Fr Stone to Archbishop Troy.

Di Pietro, Michele, 1747-1821, Roman Catholic Cardinal

Copy of excerpt from Fr Marmaduke Stone’s reply to Archbishop Troy’s letter of 31 March 1808

Copy of excerpt from Fr Marmaduke Stone’s reply to Archbishop Troy’s letter of 31 March 1808. Expresses surprise and dismay at the latter’s actions and emphasises that his (Stone’s) letter to Troy was written in confidence. Claims that he knows of no ex-Jesuits who maintain that their Society is canonically re-established in the British Dominions. Refers to a ‘severe letter’ received by him from Cardinal Borgia in relation to the matter. This document also contains copies of correspondence between Cardinal di Pietro and Fr Stone, which are described separately.

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

Letter from Archbishop Troy to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ which details queries sent to the Holy See in relation to the suppressed Society

Letter from Archbishop Troy to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ. Communicates to Stone the queries sent to the Holy See by the prelates of ‘this Kingdom’ in relation to the suppressed Society and to the administration of the property of the deceased members of the Society, specifically that of the late Fr Callaghan SJ. Includes transcription of replies received.

Troy, John Thomas, 1739-1823, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Archbishop Troy stating that no surviving Irish ex-Jesuits are at liberty to dispose of their property

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Archbishop Troy. States that neither Fr Callaghan nor any of the other surviving Irish ex-Jesuits are at liberty to dispose of their property in any other way but in favour of the Irish bishops. Refers to the claim that a Papal rescript exists, which re-establishes the Society of Jesus in the Kingdom of Ireland, in which case the property of ex-Jesuits would belong to the Society. Letter appears on the same document as a letter from Fr Thomas Betagh to Fr Stone.

Di Pietro, Michele, 1747-1821, Roman Catholic Cardinal

Copies of letters from Rome to English Province re: funds for Irish Jesuits

Copies of letters from Rome to English Province re. funds for Irish Jesuits. Includes letters from Frs. Angiolini, Tadeusz Brzozowski, de Zuñiga, and to Frs Marmaduke Stone, William Strickland. Also includes a copy of a letter from Patrick Aloysius Drinan in the Roman College, to Fr Kenn[e]y, on, amongst other subjects, Irish Jesuits in Rome. (In Latin, French and English)