March 16, 1618

Irish Jesuit educator Richard Archdekin was born in Kilkenny on this day in 1618, to parents Nicholas Archdekin and Ann Sherlock. He first studied the classics and philosophy before moving to Louvain. There, he became a student of Theology, entering the Society of Jesus at Mechlin in 1642. For six years, Father Archdekin taught humanities. He went on to become a professor of philosophy, moral theology, and Holy Scripture. He died in Antwerp on August 31, 1693. Archdekin was proficient in the Latin, Irish, English, and Flemish languages. His works often contained anecdotes connected with the history of Ireland, which served as examples in support of his theological doctrines.

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