M. Gonçalves da Costa
Religion and Religious Institutions
Its full name was "School of the Holy Catholic Faith of the Irish Students' invocation of St. Patrick", and its foundation due to the Jesuit philosopher Pedro da Fonseca, helped by Father João Howling (Olingo). It would work as "a seminar to which Irish youngsters could come to learn virtue and their letters with which to return to their homeland and teach their fellow countrymen, confirming them in the faith that they so laudably follow". To guarantee financial support, a board of noblemen was instituted, chaired by D. Garcia de Melo, who for this reason receivd the title of "Protector". The formal inauguration took place on Pentecost Sunday, 1592, and of this act we have considerable information due to the letters of the Lisbon Irishmen to their countrymen in São Tiago de Compostela.
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