Jesuit Chaplains to Irish emigrants in Britain

Repository: Irish Jesuit Archives

Identity Statement

TitleJesuit Chaplains to Irish emigrants in Britain
Archive ReferenceIE IJA/CHP/EMIG
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1958-1984
Extent Medium1 box


Creator(s): Irish Jesuits

  • Administrative History ↴

    In the late 1940s, Fr. Leonard Sheil SJ (1897-1968) travelled to Britain in an effort to serve Irish emigrants. Fr. Sheil was a familiar sight on his motorbike visiting building sites, construction camps, mines, steel works, oil refineries and industrial hostels. Frs. Matthew Meade (1912-1992) and Kevin Laheen (1919-) also provided missions.
  • Archival History ↴

    Material sent back by Irish Jesuits to the Irish Province.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Irish Jesuits ↴

    General papers on Irish Jesuit missions;
    Letters to the Provincial from Irish Jesuit missioners which give their opinions and impression of mission work in England (1960-1961);
    Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants Easter conferences (1960-1977) which concerns the attendance of the Jesuit Provincial (1960-1972) and reports of proceedings, minutes and addresses (1962; 1977);
    Working Party on the Irish Emigrant Missions in England and Wales (1973);
    Mission reports and statistics (1966-1975) including Jesuit missions (1966-1970) and Irish Catholic missions in England and Wales (1968; 1974-1975);
    Jesuit Chaplains in Westminster and Birmingham Archdioceses (1966-1969);
    Irish Chaplaincy Scheme (1971-1979) including conference reports (1978-1979), details of chaplains and services (1971; 1976-1977) and Jesuit appointments (1974-1979);
    Irish Centre Advisory Service, Liverpool (1976);
    Lillie Road Centre London (1978).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    All items retained permanently
  • Arrangement ↴

    Material was catalogued in 2005.

Conditions of Access & Use

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Creation Dates1958-1984
Extent Medium1 box
Finding Aids Descriptive List Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialSee individual Jesuit files J16 (Fr. Leonard Sheil SJ) and J529 (Fr. Matthew Meade SJ). ADMN/3/64 - File entitled ‘Missions in Britain 1950s’
Publication Note‘Irish in Britain’, Jesuit Year Book, pp5-12, 1960 Stevenson, Fr Robert SJ, ‘Emigrants’ Priest: Fr Leonard Sheil SJ’, Jesuit Year Book, 1969, pp25-33.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteDamien Burke, 2005.
Rules/ConventionsIGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009. ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997. Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives. Dublin: Archives and Records Association, Ireland, 2013.
Date of Descriptions42339