Document Type

Finding Aid

Collection Date

1860-2014

Finding Aid Date

9-10-2015

Identifier

RG 11.1 NEJFM--Jamaica

Description

The English Province of the Society of Jesus had been in charge of missionary work in Jamaica and supplying missionaries to Jamaica from 1837 until 1893. In 1893, Fr. General entrusted the Jamaican mission to the American Province of Maryland-New York. In 1929, the New England Province fully assumed the duties of administering the Jamaican mission. In 1980, the status of the Jamaica Mission was changed to that of a Dependent Region by Father General Pedro Arrupe, S.J. On November 23, 2014, the Dependent Region of Jamaica was suppressed by decree of Father General Adolfo Nicolas, S.J. and its members and works became an independent community of the New England Province. On December 3, 2014, the New England and New York Province united to form the USA Northeast Province.

The bulk of the collection dates from the administration of the mission by the New England Province in the 1930s and includes histories, correspondence, financial material, brochures, publications, visitation reports, and photographs. This material is divided into the following subject categories: Bishops’ correspondence, installations and general information, Contracts related to works in Jamaica, Financial information specific to the Jamaica Mission, papers and reports on the History of the mission which contain photocopies of documents regarding Jamaica pre-dating the New England Province’s responsibility for the island. It also contains some original documents from the early 1900s when the Maryland-New York Province administered the Jamaican mission. Also included in this series are Province Planning and Summer Programs files that contain much descriptive information. Correspondence and documents related to places and works in Jamaica and Mission Superior’s Correspondence with the Boston Mission Office are also included. The Visitation Reports are restricted.

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