RepositoryJesuits in Britain Archives
TitleFr Henry Davis SJ (1886-1952)
LevelSub fonds
DescriptionThis collection contains Davis' biography of Fr Cuthbert Cary-Elwes SJ, newscuttings, and various documents on the topic of marriage.
Admin_HistoryHenry Davis was born 1 December 1866 in Liverpool, was educated at St Francis Xavier's College, and joined the novitiate 7 September 1883. He was given his full time in the Juniorate and in Philosophy with an extra year to enable him to take his London BA in Classics. Davis was then appointed Master of Rhetoric at Mount St Mary's, a role rarely accorded to a scholastic, and continued in this role for several years. After his four years of Theology and year of Tertianship at Tronchiennes, he was appointed Superior and Prefect of Studies of the Juniors, in which role he stayed for a year. Davis took his final vows 2 February 1903 and became Prefect of Studies at Stonyhurst later that year. Davis passed from Stonyhurst in 1911 to succeed Fr Slater at St Beuno's in the chair of Moral Theology.

In 1935 he published his 4 volume manual, Moral and Pastoral Theology, and issued several subsequent editions. It was eventually summarised in a 1 volume edition in 1952. He also revised Francisco Suarez's translation of Cicero's De Legibus and translated St Gregory's Pastoral Care for the American Ancient Christian Writers' series. He had a great interest in vocations and the foreign missions and published several pamphlets on the theme, and it is likely that this interest prompted Davis to compile the unpublished biography of Fr Cuthbert Cary-Elwes SJ, who spent 15 years in Guyana. He also wrote on piety and an account of St John Fisher's dealings with Henry III. Over the course of his life, Davis created over 50 publications.

A younger brother, Fr William Davis, followed him into the Society a few years later and was Prefect of Studies at Mount St Mary's when he died there in 1933.

Davis died 4 January 1952 at Heythrop College, Oxfordshire.
Related MaterialArchives:
- For personal papers of Fr Cuthbert Cary-Elwes SJ see SJ/1
- For details of a letter regarding Dr Marie Stopes published in the Tablet 24 June 1931, see Blackett Letter Book vol. 18, p. 316
- Letter to Fr O'Hea dated 23 November 1930 about eunuchs in papal choirs (ref. H/1)
- For photographs see SJ/PH/303

Blandyke Papers - see index

- 'The Sacramental System' (Preston, 1909) #41
- 'A Medico-Moral Problem - Ectopic Gestation' in Ecclesiastical Review (1926) #41
- 'Contraception - Its Moral Aspect and Implications' in Topics of the Day, No 2., pp 1-18 (1933) #41
- 'Bishop John Fisher, Henry VIII of England and Martin Luther - Dispute of Marriage' in Estratto, Miscellenea A. Vermeersch (ed.), Rome, pp 145-70 (1935) #41
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to archive material in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.
DS/UK/6Davis; Henry (1866-1952); Jesuit Priest1866-1952

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