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A Missionary People

Booklet by Fr. Owen O’Sullivan OFM Cap. providing a brief history of the Irish Capuchin missions in Africa. The publication is divided into the following sections: A seed is sown; Key points in the Irish Capuchin Mission to South Africa; Irish Capuchin Mission in the Cape Flats; List of Capuchins on Missionary Work in Cape Town, March 1980; Growth and development of Missionary Work in Zambia; Mission stations in the Diocese of Livingstone; List of Capuchins involved in missionary work in the Diocese of Livingstone.

Ards and the Wray Family

An article on the history of the Wray family in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Wrays were the owners of the Ards Estate before it was purchased by the Stewarts in 1781. It is noted that in about 1700 William Wray ‘bought 5,000 acres of land between Dunfanaghy and Doe from William Sampson’. The article adds: 'In 1781 the estate was sold to Mr Alexander Stewart, brother of the first Marquess of Londonderry and uncle of the infamous Lord Castlereagh, for the sum of £13,250 in order to meet the owner’s debts'. An appendix to the article includes some brief notes on the Stewarts of Ards compiled by Fr. T.J. Walsh, a diocesan priest in Cork.

Ards House

A photocopy of an article titled ‘Ards House’ published in 'The Father Mathew Record' (Feb. 1967), pp 17-24. The article was written by Edward MacIntyre with an introduction by Fr. Benedict Cullen OFM Cap. The article provides a history of Ards House and the former Stewart-Bam estate. The article headings are as follows: The Lifford Inquisition, John (‘half-hanged’) MacNaughton, The builder of Ards House, Road from Letterkenny, Magistrate, Beggard the Estate, Uncle of Lord Castlereagh, Land Acts, Chapel and Choir, and A Greater Landlord. The article also publishes two images of Lady Ena Stewart and the staff of Ards House.

Auction Brochure for Ards House and Estate

Brochure advertising the sale of Ards House and Estate. The brochure has photographic prints of Sheephaven Bay, Ards House, and the associated workmen’s cottages. It is noted that the sale includes 2,000 acres. Ards House comprises a stone-built Georgian style residence with ‘six reception rooms, a billiard room, 19 principal bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a nursery suite, splendid servant’s quarters, ample garages and stabling, 20 cottages and beautiful pleasure grounds’. The brochure provides details on various facets of the property and notes that the owner (Lady Ena Stewart-Bam) ‘has been in negotiation with the Irish Land Commission, who are quite prepared to give every facility to an intending purchaser’. The agent is noted as Messrs Battersby & Co., 39 Westmoreland Street, Dublin. The brochure also notes:
• The sale of the historic ‘Doe Castle’ ruin with about 30 acres of demesne land.
• The potential sale of ‘furniture which includes some old and rare pieces and a valuable library’.
• That the ‘Ards Estate has been in the possession of the Stewart family for about 150 years. The first Stewart of Ards and the First Marquess of Londonderry were only brothers. The present head, Lady Stewart-Bam of Ards, is selling the property as her husband’s chief interests are in South Africa’.
• That the price for the freehold is £50,000 including sporting and fishing rights.

Calendar of Irish Capuchin Missionaries in Africa

Calendar of Irish Capuchin missionaries in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and South Africa from 1929-38 giving details of where each friar was stationed and the time spent at each mission station. Includes a clipping of an article on the Irish Capuchin mission in Barotseland, Northern Rhodesia, taken from 'The Father Mathew Record'. The extract is extant on pp 42-5 in the volume compiled Fr. Albeus McQuillan OFM Cap. (1912-1989).

Copy letter to Fr. Juan Antonio de San Juan en Persiceto OFM Cap., Minister General, from Fr. Albert Bibby OFM Cap. enclosing ‘The Case of Fr. Albert, OSFC’

Copy letter to Fr. Juan Antonio de San Juan en Persiceto OFM Cap., Minister General of the Capuchin Franciscans, from Fr. Albert Bibby OFM Cap., Capuchin Friary, Rochestown, Cork, referring to the decision to send him to America. He claims that ‘this decision would seem to be part of the penalisation which has been meted out to me, probably because of my activities during the period of hostilities in Dublin, last summer’. Fr. Albert encloses a statement, ‘The Case of Father Albert, O.S.F.C.’, defending his actions and declaring his ‘absolute impartiality’ during the War of Independence and later at the outbreak of Civil War hostilities in Dublin in 1922. Reference is also made in the statement to his previous pastoral work with republicans in the period from 1916. Fr. Albert declared: ‘The war of repression which England waged on Ireland since 1916, did not narrow my vision of duty. My mission as a priest was not to any one section or party, it was to “embrace all in one sentiment of charity”. … When feeling was bitterest against the “G-men” – the secret Police” – I saved one of them from death, and also facilitated the marriage of a member of the British Auxiliaries, who had won for themselves as hated a reputation as had the notorious “Black and Tans”’. Fr. Albert also emphasized his role as an intermediary between the Free State Army and irregular republicans during the attack on the Four Courts and in subsequent actions in Dublin during the initial phases of the Civil War. The copy concludes with a statement that the original document is held in the Capuchin General Archives, Rome (Annus: 1923; Prov. Hiberniae; Section 4). This copy has been made for the convenience of the Archives of the Irish Capuchin Province 'with the permission of the Most Rev. Fr. General, Fr. Benignus of S. Ilario Milanese OFM Cap.’. The certified copy is signed by Fr. Conrad O’Donovan OFM Cap., Definitor General, 28 July 1958.

Copy Report on the Mission of Livingstone-Barotseland

Copy report by Fr. Killian Flynn OFM Cap. on the mission of Livingstone-Barotseland in the Prefecture of Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia. The report is divided into the following sections:
I. Situation, area, population etc.
II. Historical Survey
I. Prior to the coming of the Capuchin Fathers
II. Coming of the Capuchin Fathers
Loanja Out-Schools
III. Applications for New Stations
Translations of Catechisms
IV. Details and Statistics
Babemba Church and School, Livingstone
Church of the Little Flower, Livingstone
Barotse Church and School, Livingstone
V. Sphere of Influence of each Station
VI. Method of Converting the Locals
Results Secured
VII. Working of Schools
Babemba school, police camp, Livingstone
Zambesi Saw-Mills Compound School, Livingstone
School at Loanja Mission
School at Saw-Mills Compound, Mulobezi
VIII. Difficulties Hampering Work
Influence of Protestant Missionaries
Poverty of Districts
IX. Prospects for the Future
X. Tribes
XI. Languages
XII. Financial Outlay of Mission from Beginning
A manuscript note by Fr. Edwin Fitzgibbon OFM Cap. reads: ‘This amount does not include monies spent in building church and schools in Athlone parish and church in Parow parish, South Africa, amounting to over £7,000’.

Flynn, Killian, 1905-1972, Capuchin priest

Correspondence of Fr. Senan Moynihan OFM Cap. and Fr. Henry Anglin OFM Cap.

Correspondence of Fr. Senan Moynihan OFM Cap. and Fr. Henry Anglin OFM Cap., mainly regarding orders for various editions of 'The Capuchin Annual' (particularly from the United States) and for permission to reproduce content from the publication (including the artwork of Richard King). The file also includes letters from contributors with some references to financial problems in the Capuchin Periodicals Office, and to Fr. Senan’s ill-health, and later to his resignation from the editorship of the 'Annual'. The file includes letters from the following correspondents: Fr. Colman Griffin OFM Cap., Provincial Minister, Ruth Axe, Jack Lane, Seumas MacManus, Frank Duff, Robert Monteith, Denis O’Shea, travelling sales representative for 'The Capuchin Annual', Fr. John Cardiff, Holy Cross Rectory, Chicago, Fr. John J. Carroll, Saint Clement Parish House, Sheboyan, Wisconsin, Br. Francis Propser OFM Cap., Garrison, New York, Martin J. Fenelon, Katherine Edelman, Doran Hurley, Monsignor Martin C. Murphy, Columbia, South Carolina, Robert Ostermann, Archbishop Pietro Sigismondi, Martin Cullen, St. John’s Seminary, Minnesota, Fr. Christopher Crowley OFM Cap., Devin A. Garrity, Paul Martin-Dillon, Fr. Terence L. Connolly SJ, Fr. Carthage Ruth OFM Cap., the Most Rev. James M. Liston, Bishop of Auckland, Fr. Colga O’Riordan OFM Cap., and Fr. William Coughlan OFM Cap.

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