army chaplains

Fr William Doyle SJ
Award winning journalist Robert Fisk has held up an Irish Jesuit, Fr Willie Doyle, as a counter example to Brexit.  Fr Doyle SJ, died serving as a chaplain during the First World War.  Last week, Fisk was attending a lecture by Damien Burke of the Irish Jesuit Archives, in Dalkey, outside of Dublin, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fr Doyle’s death.  The Irish Jesuit made a deep impression on many alongside him: he was mentioned in dispatches, awarded a military cross and...
Black and white photograph showing five young men in clerical dress
From a family of 10 children, five brothers became Jesuits at the turn of the last century. In order of age they were Louis (1877-1969), Denis (1880-1942), Bernard (1882-1962), Austin (1883-1965) and Philip (1885-1974) Whiteside. They were all born in Blackpool and had received a Jesuit education.In the obituary for Bernard, the second of the brothers to die, one of the others wrote:“The chief influence in our vocations was our father-we lost our mother in 1895-who was a very pious man...
BiographyFr John Luck was born 9 January 1867 in Aldershot to Richard and Ellen Luck. He had one older sister, Eliza, and four younger sisters: Lucy, Margaret, Emma and Mary, known as May. His youngest sister, Alice, died shortly before her second birthday.Luck entered the Society at Manresa, 7 September 1888. His large build made him well qualified to take on the job of Master of Outdoor Works as a novice, and he continued in this role unofficially at St Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst. He had a...
Fr Denis Doyle, Army Chaplain. Killed in the War, Aug. 19, 1916.
To commemorate 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916, the Archives of the Jesuits in Britain remember a Jesuit Chaplain, Fr Denis Doyle SJ (1878-1916), who as part of the 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment served and died there.Fr Doyle had been the Minister at Manresa before joining the Leinster Regiment in November 1915, and a number of his letters home appeared in issues of Letters & Notices from early 1916, alongside those of...
Letter from John Butt, chaplain at the Crimea
This year, the 30th of March marks the 160th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris: the Treaty which put an end to over two years of fighting between Russia and an alliance of France, the United Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia in the Crimean War. It was to be a war of several firsts: it was one of the first conflicts to use modern technologies such as explosive naval shells, railways, and telegraphs, one of the first to be documented extensively in written reports and ...
Small portrait images of John Stratton and Arthur Graham on a black and white image of an outdoor service during WWI
Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Verdun, which was fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916. It was one of the largest battles of World War I on the Western Front between the German and French armies, and took place in north-eastern France near Verdun-sur-Meuse.To mark this anniversary, we thought we should share some more information about the Jesuit chaplains who served in World War I, who have not yet been featured on this website.Chaplains’ Weekly...
Fr William Feran SJ, author of the original Chaplains' weekly
On May 9th 1915 Fr William Feran composed the first edition of The Chaplains’ Weekly; a newsletter whose purpose he explained in the foreword was to maintain communication with British Jesuit Chaplains serving in WWI. He wrote:As Fr. Provincial finds it impossible to send lengthy letters to the individual chaplains, he has asked me to chromograph, week by week, items of news that may interest them and send a copy to each. This I propose doing each Sunday. The communication will not be, in any...
John Luck was born 9 January 1867 in Aldershot where his father Richard was a boot maker. He entered the Society in September 1888. Throughout his life Luck kept up regular correspondence with his parents and five sisters: Lizzie, Lucy, Maggie, Emma and May, and latterly his niece, Mildred. Through his letters, which are unfailingly upbeat and streaked with humour, we catch a glimpse of a man who is always willing to provide advice to his sisters and throw himself whole-heartedly into any task....
World War I ChaplainsWorld War I broke out in August 1914. Although unlike their counterparts in France and Belgium exempt from military duty, by the end of the war 84 Jesuits had served as RC Chaplains to the British Forces and Navy. Here is a small online exhibition which looks at some of the records relating to these Chaplains which have survived in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.Please click on the links to discover more about each item:Exemption letterTailor slipContract...
This week the Archives and Records Association has launched its second annual Explore Your Archives awareness campaign. The aim is to increase public awareness of the vital role of archives in our society and to celebrate the collections held in services across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. To find out more and to see what events are happening near you, visit www.exploreyourarchive.org.Here in the Jesuits in Britain Archives we have created an exhibition on the...

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