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Francis J. Dore, SJ papers

Collection BC-2005-107: Francis J. Dore, SJ papers


  • Creation: 1909-1944

Scope and Contents

These papers document the religious life and medical career of Francis J. Dore, SJ. The papers are composed of manuscripts, correspondence, booklets, newspaper articles, and photographs. The bulk of the materials relate to Dore's religious vocation and include manuscripts of sermons on a variety of topics, as well as materials for retreats and spiritual reflection.

Correspondence consists mainly of letters from Boston College students serving in World War II. Items documenting Dore's career as a doctor include lecture and course notes, a review of Dore's book Health and Happiness: An Elementary Text Book of Personal Hygiene and Physiology, as well as circulars, booklets, advertisements, and questions pertaining to sexuality and contraception. Finally, the papers also contain some personal materials relating to Francis J. Dore's religious career and members of the Dore family including diaries, academic information, articles, and photographs.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

Francis James Dore was born on March 7, 1876, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of six children of Rose (McDermott) and John Dore. Francis and three of his brothers, Neal, Leo, and Abrose, became priests.

Dore attended Boston College High School and entered the Society of Jesus at Frederick, Maryland in August 1893. He then left in January of 1894 to go to Boston College where he graduated in 1898. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1901 and practiced medicine in South Boston and Dorchester for five years before re-entering the Society of Jesus at Rochampton, England on April 25, 1907. He was ordained as a priest in 1916, and he then taught at Regis High School in New York and Fordham Medical School.

From 1918 to 1922, Dore served as regent of the School of Pharmacy at Fordham University. He then taught at St. Andrew's on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, New York until 1925. He returned to Boston College in 1925, where he served as the Head of the Biology Department for eighteen years and Director of Premedical Studies. Dore was also the chaplain of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Newton while at Boston College.

In 1935 Dore served as the chaplain of the Pan American Medical Association Congress Cruise to Brazil and the West Indies and he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1936.

Dore was hit by a car in November 1943 and later died of his injuries on April 1, 1944 at age 68.


"Father Francis J. Dore obituary." Bulletin of American Association of Jesuit Scientists, Vol.XXIII, No. 3, March 1946, p.68.

"College Mourns Deaths of Popular Biology and Psych Profs." The Heights, Vol. XXIV, No. 10, March 10, 1944.


2.25 Linear Feet (6 containers)

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These papers document the life and medical career of Francis J. Dore, SJ, Boston College graduate and Head of the Biology department at Boston College. Materials include manuscripts, correspondence, booklets, clippings, photographs, religious materials, diaries, and other personal materials.


Arranged in four series: I. Correspondence, II. Medicine, III. Personal, and IV. Religious.

Series IV is arranged into two subseries: A. Retreat and spiritual reflection materials and B. Sermons.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

Related Materials

Leo A. Dore, SJ papers, BC.2006.030, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Francis J. Dore, SJ Papers
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2010 February
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States