Fr Cyril MArtindale SJ

With the Jubilee year for the 450th anniversary of the birth of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga coming to a close on March 9, 2019 we decided to highlight the work done by Fr Cyril Martindale SJ, the man in charge of organising the English Province’s celebrations for the bicentenary of the canonisation of the young Saint in 1926.The Father Provincial selected Martindale, to his delight, as the right person for the task to organise the dual-celebrations of the canonisations of the two young Saints...
This year, World Book day will be celebrated in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Thursday 7 March. It might seem surprising, but the Jesuits in Britain Archives hold various documents, particularly correspondence, penned by some of the most well-known writers and literary figures of the 20th century. In honour of World Book Day, we delve into the collections for just such pieces.Perhaps the most obvious place to start is the archives of The Month. This monthly review, which was founded and...
On 23 April 1995, UNESCO proclaimed the first World Book and Copyright Day. For world literature, this is a symbolic date: it is the day that, in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (chronicler of Inca history, culture, and society) died. It is also the date of birth or death of other noteworthy authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo, making it a natural choice for UNESCO to pay a worldwide tribute to books...
The Jesuits in Britain Archives is full of letters – personal correspondence, circulars, letters to and from Fr Provincial and Fr General, annual letters in Latin, postcards and Christmas cards. There are letters from Guyana, South Africa, Jamaica, India, Maryland, Rome, from all parts of Britain and, it seems, from all corners of the world. Such a volume of correspondence is perhaps unsurprising for letters are the staple component of many archives. However, the extent of the correspondence...