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Useful Resources for Jesuit biography


Br Henry Foley SJ (1811-1891) was an English Jesuit Roman Catholic church historian. Foley’s Records of the English Province of the Society of Jesus: historic facts illustrative of the labours and sufferings of its members in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – published in the late nineteenth century – is comprised of seven volumes and covers the early history of the mission and of the Jesuit priests who served it. It is a compilation of research that is invaluable to historical research, which has now been digitised by various organisations including the Hathi Trust Digital Library. 


A Catalogue is produced annually by each Province of the Society of Jesus that lists the permanent address of each Jesuit residing in the particular Province for the given year, along with their dates of birth, entry to the Society and – when applicable – profession of Final Vows. The Archives of the House of the Superior General have provided online access to the SJ Catalogues 1774-1945.

Catalogus Defunctorum

The Catalogus Defunctorum provides brief outline dates and places for all the Jesuits who died during this time frame. The Jesuit Archives of Central United States have put the SJ Catalogus Defunctorum 1814-1970 online.

Article on Henry Garnet SJ

An article produced in Spring 2018 by Archivist Rebecca Somerset based on a presentation to the Jesuit London Community on the life of the Jesuit Henry Garnet.

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