Fr Martin D'Arcy SJ

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...
Evelyn Waugh
The recognised authority on Edmund Campion, Professor Gerard Kilroy, Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, is co-editing a new edition of Evelyn Waugh's Edmund Campion.This was first published in 1935 with the express purpose of raising funds in response to the appeal for the newly-built Campion Hall which had been launched by Fr Martin D'Arcy SJ, who was Master at the time. This new authoritative edition promises to provide a fascinating study of the immense influence that the celebrated...
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...
‘It was as lonely an outpost of religion as you could find anywhere.’ So wrote Evelyn Waugh of the Jesuit mission station of St Ignatius in the central Rupununi region of south-west Guyana.In the winter of 1932-1933 Waugh had travelled to the interior of British Guiana (as it was then known) and Brazil. Waugh ostensibly had the travelling bug – in the foreword to Ninety-Two Days, the travelogue Waugh published in 1934 giving an account of this trip, he admits to ‘a fascination in distant and...
One of the Archives’ most frequently asked about collections unsurprisingly belongs to one of the most high-profile English Jesuits of recent times, Fr Martin D’Arcy SJ. Due to the standard closure period of 40 years after the death of a Jesuit for their personal papers, Fr D’Arcy’s papers have finally been fully catalogued and made available to the public.Martin Cyril D'Arcy was born in Bath on 15 June 1888, the fourth and youngest son of a barrister, Martin Valentine D'Arcy and Madoline Mary...