Subfonds ZAM - Zambian Mission

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Zambian Mission


  • 1905-2020 (Creation)

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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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Material sent back to the Irish Province and to the Irish Mission Office by Irish Jesuits in Zambia from the late 1940s onwards.

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Deposited at the Irish Jesuit Archives from the Irish Jesuit Provincialate (2001-2019).

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Since the formation of the Irish Province in 1860, Irish Jesuits have undertaken three main overseas missions (Australia, Hong Kong and Zambia). More than 120 Irish Jesuits have worked in Zambia. The Vice-Province of Zambia was formed in 1969 and the Province of Zambia and Malawi was established in 1992. The Irish Jesuits' work in Zambia is complemented by other Jesuit Provinces such as: Canada; Croatia; Oregon; Poland and Slovenia. The papers of the Zambian Mission chronicle the life and work of Irish Jesuits since their arrival, in what was then Northern Rhodesia, in 1946. The files of correspondence between Irish Jesuits working in Zambia and their Irish Provincials in Dublin illustrate the areas of work that they laboured in: parish work, education and development. Geographically, this took place in the southern part of the country and in the capital, Lusaka. The impact of the Irish presence is seen especially in Canisius High School and Charles Lwanga College of Education in Chikuni, the parishes in the Monze Diocese, and development projects around the diocese.

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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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  • English
  • Tonga

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Dunne, Catherine RSHM. “The Man Called James Corboy. Irish Jesuit Bishop of Monze, Zambia”. Dublin: Messenger Publications, 2012.

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Lane, Fr William SJ, “Jesuits in Zambia, 1880-1991”, 1991.

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Murphy, Edward P. SJ, ed. "A History of the Jesuits in Zambia: A Mission becomes a Province". Nairobi: Paulines, 2003.

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McRedmond, Louis. "To the Greater Glory: A history of the Irish Jesuits". Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1991.

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O'Holohan, Fr John SJ. “Tales of a missionary in Zambia”. Bethune, SC, USA: Requiem Press. 2005.

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'Salute to Zambia', Jesuit Year Book, pp20-25, 1965.

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'Canisius College, Zambia', Jesuit Year Book, pp77-81, 1966.

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