Irish College, Rome. Transcripts, 1832-1848 (MC 53)

The typed transcripts in this collection are of correspondence that is part of the Cullen and Kirby Collections housed at the Pontifical Irish College’s Archives. Paul Cullen (1803-1878), the first Irish cardinal, and Tobias Kirby (1804-1895), were two of the most preeminent rectors of the Irish College in Rome. Cullen served as rector from 1821-1849, and was succeeded by Kirby, a priest of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, who had served as vice-rector of the College since 1836. Kirby served as rector for forty-one years from 1850 until he retired in 1891.

In 1896, the American Catholic Historical Society’s Archivist, H. T. Henry, traveled to the Irish College in Rome and transcribed letters from American priests and bishops who had corresponded with Cullen and Kirby. Henry published edited versions of these transcripts in the Records of the American Catholic Historical Society (volumes 7-9). The intent was to document some of people and events connected with the history of Catholicity in North America. Correspondents include Francis P. Kenrick, Peter R. Kenrick, Edward Barron, Michael O’Connor, John England, John Hughes, William Clancy, John Thomas Hynes, Thomas James Power, James Rogers, and John Walsh.

1 box,  .2 linear ft.

Mark Antony Frenaye papers, 1807-1868 (MC 16)

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Mark Antony Frenaye (1783-1873) was a prominent Philadelphia Catholic businessman who served for many years as the financier and treasurer of the Diocese of Philadelphia. Frenaye also was the largest financial contributor of St. John the Evangelist Church (1830), which Bishop Francis P. Kenrick erected as a way to, according to Frenaye, break down the system of trustee control in the city. Trusteeism involved the practice of Catholic laity assuming control of the administration of churches, even to the point of hiring and firing pastors. Frenaye also managed the Bishop’s Bank, which Bishop Kenrick established in 1848 for working Catholics who did not want to use the private savings institutions.

This collection contains mainly correspondence. A copy of the will of Demetrius Gallitzin, emigre Russian aristocrat and Catholic missionary priest, is also included.

1 Box, .4 linear ft.