Letter from M.J. Curran to Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Curran, Michael J.
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Holograph letter from M.(J. Curran), Sacred Heart Presbytery, 406 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney (Australia), to Hagan. He will return via Suez for 5/6 February. Having discussed the project with senior clergy, he will firstly approach bishops asking for private subscriptions and assistance; then approach a few wealthy citizens; and solicit subscriptions describing the College's case in the press. This is because of the lack of time and the fact that the Catholic population is scattered. In Sydney, the considerable debt for Sr. Mary's Cathedral is being reduced mostly by virtue of donations from the poor. He met Dr. Duhig who promises a good sum if the Roma oil fields yield as hoped. Worrying about the promised funds from America [and the Ancient Order of Hibernians]. He will ask Australian bishops to send more students; discussing Maitland and Wagga particularly; brief notes on those now travelling out. Sorry for the troubles over Formia; hoping building can be begun next year. Both Bishops of Tuam and Galway have left; despite a general relaxing of relations they did not warm to one another; also recounting incident where (Bishop O'Doherty of Galway) insulted Hanna of S.(inn) F.(ein), who however deserved it. The business concerning O'Connell is of tremendous importance to the Irish abroad; certain that the vaults underneath the old site will reveal [the heart] if opened. This issue will be brought up when they attend conventions in the States to give thanks next year. The question of a cardinalate for Australia is rife; the two most likely, K.(Archbishop Kelly) and Dr. Mannix are of very different outlook and character; the latter earned much respect by the huge success of the Congress; Caccia can tell Hagan his impressions. Brief mentions of students, including Cawley who needs a rough awakening. He was sorry about Hetzenhauer's death. Hoping the contract regarding the Tivoli caretaker was settled; during the move papers were thrown into disorder.
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