The New England Province was a regional division of the Jesuits. It consisted of the six New England states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. New England became a separate Jesuit province in 1926 and consisted of 492 Jesuits. It continued to grow until 1964, during the Second Vatican Council, when it peaked at 1,129 members, among them 755 priests, 63 brothers, and 311 Jesuits in formation. At that time, there were three institutions of higher education, two seminaries, five secondary schools, six retreat houses, three parishes, and numerous specialized ministries. The province was also responsible for two foreign missions territories, which included another university, three more high schools and numerous parishes. In the 21st century, the New England Province reflected greater diversity of ethnic backgrounds than the dominant Irish strain that characterized its first 50 or 60 years. Although its traditional work continued to be anchored in education, it entered into a more diverse collaboration with diocesan bishops throughout the region and outside New England. On December 3rd, 2014, The New England Province and the New York Province (1943-2014) united to become the USA Northeast Province as part of a reconfiguration of the provinces of the Society of Jesus.
These histories tell the story of the New England Province at different points in time. A history of the province for the years after 1979 has yet to be written.
This digitized collection is hosted in CrossWorks, the institutional repository for the College of the Holy Cross. The physical copies are located at the Jesuit Archives: Central United States in St. Louis, Missouri. Questions regarding the former New England Province Archives should be directed to the Archives.
Vincent A. Lapomarda S.J.
A timeline of the activities, apostolates, and administration of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut from 1611 to 2014.
James Leo Burke S.J. and Vincent A. Lapomarda S.J.
This history of the New England Province of Jesuits covers the years 1929 to 1979. It describes educational institutions: Cheverus High School, Portland, Maine, Cranwell Preparatory School, Lenox, Mass., Fairfield Preparatory School and Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn., the Xavier School, Concord, Mass., the relocation of Boston College High School from the South End of Boston to Dorchester, and the proposed use of Weston College, Weston, Mass., as a military hospital during World War II as well as the Baghdad Mission and some other mission possibilities in the Middle East and Argentina.
James Leo Burke S.J.
This history of the New England Province of Jesuits covers the years of approximately 1920 to 1945. It describes establishing the New England Region and the educational institutions for the Jesuits: Shadowbrook, the house of formation in Lenox, Mass., Weston College, the scholasticate, in Weston, Mass., and St. Robert’s Hall, the tertianship, in Pomfret, Conn. It also tells of the founding of the first retreat house, Campion Hall, in North Andover, Mass., and the famine relief work in Russia of Rev. Louis J. Gallagher, S.J., one of the founding members of the New England Province.
Joseph F. MacDonnell, S.J.
Jesuits by the Tigris: Men for Others in Baghdad by Rev. Joseph F. MacDonnell, S.J., documents the Jesuit Mission to Iraq, administered by the New England Province of the Society of Jesus, particularly two schools operated in Baghdad: Baghdad College (1932-1969) and Al-Hikma University (1956-1968).
John J. Dugan S.J. and Joseph P. Duffy S.J.
Life Under the Japs is the story of Rev. John J. Dugan, S.J., a military chaplain taken as a Japanese prisoner of war in the Philippines after the fall of Bataan in April 1942. His ordeal is relayed through a series of interviews conducted by William de Lue and originally published in the Boston Globe in April 1945. This publication was edited by Joseph P. Duffy, S.J.
Vincent A. Lapomarda S.J.
This book conveys the richness of the Jesuit heritage in the New England States of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. It gives the reader a knowledge of the relationship of the Society of Jesus to each of these states by providing information on the people, events, landmarks, historic sites and places of interest, with respect to the Jesuits in New England from 1611, the year when Father Pierre Biard became the first Jesuit to set foot on New England soil to 1976, the year of the bicentennial of the American nation and the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. The book contains a number of useful appendices that compile information about Jesuits and their works in New England, a bibliographical essay, and an index of persons.
Jesuit Seminary Guild
This magazine is a brief history of the schools, parishes, missions, and other apostolates of the New England Province of Jesuits in 1940. It includes Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., Boston College High School, South End, Boston, Mass., Cranwell Preparatory School, Lenox, Mass., Shadowbrook, House of Formation, Lenox, Mass., Weston College, Scholasticate, Weston, Mass., St. Mary’s Church, North End, Boston, Mass., Holy Trinity Church, Boston, Mass., Mission to Jamaica, and Mission to Baghdad, Iraq, Campion Retreat House for Men, North Andover, Mass., St. Robert’s Hall, Tertianship, Pomfret, Conn., Mission Band, Army Chaplains, Deaf-Mute Apostolate, Sodalities, St. Xavier Guild, St. Ignatius Guild, and Bellarmine Academy.
Francis X. Shea and Joseph A. Appleyard S.J.
This book tells the story of the March 10, 1956 fire that consumed Shadowbrook, the building that had been the Jesuit novitiate and juniorate of the New England Province of Jesuits for 34 years. The fire destroyed the building, killed four Jesuits, and left approximately 125 Jesuits homeless. The book is based on interviews with survivors and neighbors. It also includes a chapter about the earlier uses of Shadowbrook which was built as a mansion for Anson Phelps Stokes in 1893 and was a vacation home or a resort hotel until 1922 when the Society of Jesus purchased it from the widow of millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie for use during the first four years of Jesuit formation.
Joseph P. Duffy S.J.
To Love and Serve provides the service records of the 54 Jesuits from the New England Province of Jesuits who served as military chaplains during World War II. It also includes information about awards and medals they received, and personal accounts of their experiences. The appendices include tables of the New England Province Military Chaplains, from 1918 to 2014. A Photo Gallery displays group photographs of the World War II Chaplains.