The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies
Most books listed on this page are English translations of French language Jesuit records and other works
that are associated with the historical activities of the Jesuits in Canada and parts of the United States.
Individual books can be purchased here. A wholesale discount is available for qualified retailers buying in quantity.
BOOK - The Jesuit Mission in Acadie and Norèmbegue: 1611-1613 [Atlantic Canada]
By Pierre Baird, S.J.
Edited by Lucien Campeau, S.J. Translated by George Topp, S.J. and William Lonc, S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2005 (reprint 2013)
This volume is faithful translation to English of the many documents by Fr. Pierre Biard, S.J. pertaining to the Jesuit mission activity in the Acadia and Norèmbegue territory from 1611 to 1613 that was originally published in French and Italian in 1616. The content of the letters breaths life into the history of Acadian settlements, revealing much about the Mission, daily life and attitudes of the time.
ISBN 978-17815916-6-6 More Information
BOOK - Letters from the Jesuit Mission at Sandwich, Ontario 1843-1859 (1860) [Windsor, Essex County, Ontario]
Transcribed and translated by Shelly Pearen and William Lonc, S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2011 (reprint 2013)
This volume is faithful translation to English of letters from the Jesuit Mission at Sandwich (now part of Windsor, Ontario) that were originally written between 1843 and 1859. The content of the letters breaths life into the history of the Mission at Sandwich, revealing much about the Mission, daily life and attitudes of the time. The village of Sandwich was originally established in 1817, becoming an incorporated town in 1858. Sandwich, along with the near-by communities of Ford City and Walkerville were annexed by the city of Windsor in 1935. Sandwich is still identified as an historic neighbourhood within Windsor. The nearby villages of Ojibway and Riverside were incorporated in 1913 and 1921, then also annexed by Windsor in 1966
ISBN 978-0-9867719-4-1 More information
BOOK - Memoirs of the Jesuit Mission at Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, Mid 1800's [Manitoulin Island, Ontario]
By Nicholas Point, S.J.
Transcribed by Shelly Pearen.
Translated by William Lonc, S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2009 (reprint 2013)
The book includes information on every topic that concerned the Mission and the local population during the author's tenure . Some interesting charts are included. For example, Chapter Three contains a list of native girls' Catechism records for the firt three months of 1849. The girls given names are listed as European (French) names, while the surnames appear to be European phonic spellings of native names. The bulk of the book deals with the activities of the Mission providing an interesting insight into the Mission experience, lifestyle, costs and availability of commodities to the Mission and to the native population plus much more. Those with an interest in 19th century Manitoulin Island will appreciate this detailed first-hand acocunt of early life at the Manitoulin Island Jesuit Mission.
ISBN 978-0-9811106-1-5 More information
BOOK - Letters from Manitoulin Island 1853-1870 [Manitoulin Island, Ontario]
By Lorenzo Cadieux, S.J. and Robert Toupin, S.J.
Translated by Shelly Pearen and William Lonc, S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2007 (reprint 2013)
This carefully compiled volume is a history Manitoulin Island and of the Jesuit mission to the Ojibway on Manitoulin Island in present-day Ontario. In addition to the insights that the English translation and transcriptions of the letters that were sent out from the Jesuit mission between 1853 and 1870 provide for the Anglophone researcher, this book includes a significant Introduction that provides much historical information for those with an interest in Manitoulin Island.
ISBN 978-0-9739886-4-2 More information
BOOK - Letters from Wikwemikong 1845-1863 [Manitoulin Island, Ontario]
By Shelley Pearen and William Lonc S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2008 (reprint 2013)
This book is a collection of letters emanating from the Jesuit Holy Cross Mission at Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, in the mid-1800's. The letters are generally annual reports to the Jesuit General in Rome, and are meant to keep the General informed of the physical and spiritual welfare of the mission. As such, they contain a wealth of detailed information about life on the island in general, and life in Wikwemikong in particular, and therefore are of potential interest to historians.
ISBN 978-0-9739886-9-7 More information
BOOK - The Jesuit Residential School at Spanish: "More Than Mere Talent" [Ontario, Canada]
By David F. Shanahan, Ph.D.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2004 (reprint 2013)
The Jesuit Residential School at Spanish, More Than Mere Talent is based on exhaustive research in the Archives both of the Department of Indian Affairs and of the Jesuits of Upper Canada, as well as on many interviews with Alumni and former staff. Dr. Shanahan's study tells the story of the school days of the hundreds of young native boys who attended the Jesuit schools on the Wikwemikong Reserve and at the Residential School in Spanish, Ontario. It provides a through description of the classes, the diet and living conditions, the sporting and other recreational activities at the schools as well as the religious practices of both students and staff.
ISBN 0-0784558-3-7 More information
BOOK - The Residential Schools at Spanish, Ontario: The Flu Epidemic of 1918-1919
Translated by William Lonc S.J.; Edited by Jacques Monet S.J.
Published by The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2009
More than ninety years ago, around the end of World War One, the terrible epidemic of influenza called "The Spanish Flu" spread over the world. It killed 21 million people, including about 50,000 Canadians. Here as elsewhere, it was especially vicious in attacking the young and the vigorous. Nor, certainly, did it spare the Native Residential Schools set up at Spanish Ontario. Between October 22nd, 1918 and January 19th, 1919, almost everyone on the staff and in the student body was struck down, several of the staff near death for a few days and nineteen boys and girls indeed dying of the virus. This book includes an accurate English translation of the French language records that document the distress caused to the students and staff of the school during the great flu epidemic including records of deaths. Student deaths between 1913 to 1938 from other causes are also documented.
ISBN 978-0-9811106-3-9 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Catherine Tekakwitha: Her Life "Lily of the Mohawks"
By Fr. Peirre Cholenec, S.J. Her Spiritual Advisor and Biographer
Translated to English by William Lonc S.J.
Published by William Lonc, Toronto, 2002
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, baptised as Catherine Tekakwitha and informally known as Lily of the Mohawks, is a Roman Catholic saint, who was an Algonquin–Mohawk virgin and religious laywoman, commonly known as "Lily of the Mohawks". The story told in this book is based on a xerographic photocopy of a type-written transcript of a document... based on Fr. Cholenec's original Autograph. Thus, the story is told by an eye-witness -- who was her spiritual director -- of the events in her life from the time she arrived at the Jesuit mission just outside of Montreal, known at that time as the Sault Saint-Louis or Saint-Louis Rapids. The English translation is meant to follow the French rather closely, but with an ear to producing an easily readable story in English.
ISBN 978-0-9730161-2-3 More information
BOOK - Catherine Tegakouitha, Iroquois Maiden "Lily of the Mohawks"
By Felix Martin, S.J.; Translated by Henry Van Rensselaer, S.J.; Post-translated by William Lonc S.J.
Published jointly by Les Archives Jésuites, Montréal, 2006
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, baptised as Catherine Tekakwitha and informally known as Lily of the Mohawks, is a Roman Catholic saint, who was an Algonquin–Mohawk virgin and religious laywoman. Although this Biography of Blessed Catherine Tekakitha is not an eye-witness account as were those of Frs. Cholenac and Chauchetiere, nevertheless the author, Fr. Felix Martin, was closely associated with Catherine's village Caughnawaga in the second half of the nineteenth century and is remembered for his historical writings.
ISBN 0-9734558-9-6 (Softcover) More information
BOOKS - Letters from the New Canada Mission 1843-1852 [Jesuit missions in early Ontario]
Edited with commentaries and annotations by Lorenzo Cadieux, S. J., 1973 (Part 1), 1982 (Part 2)
Translated by William Lonc, S.J. and George Topp, S.J.
Published by William Lonc for the The Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, Toronto, 2001, revised 2004 (Part 1), 2007 (Part 2) (Reprinted 2013)
For many years, several Jesuit historians have been using these authentic documents, and it is now time to share them with other researchers: historians, sociologists, economists, indiologists, folklorists, etc. The university community as well as the public at large will find in these documents a veritable gold-mine of information for their scientific studies because the letters contain precious data from Canada as it was in the 1840's. The letters describe the mores of the society, its economic and material life, the cultural and spiritual values of Canadians at the time of the Union of the two Canadas: Quebec and Ontario. Ontario is the dominant venue for these letters. The authors describe their endeavors in Kingston, Toronto, Chatham, Sandwich (today's Windsor), and then among the Natives of Walpole Island, Manitoulin Island, Sault-Sainte Marie, Thunder Bay, etc. The accounts are larded with uncensored episodes, reflection on the Native civilization, and fascinating descriptions, worthy to be included in Canadian anthologies. In short, these letters are documents of choice and contribute to the enrichment of our history.
ISBN 0-9687053-9-1 (Parts 1 & Part 2) (perfectbound) More information
Part One - Letters from the New Canada Mission 1843-1852, Letters #1 to #44