Author: Association for Church Archives of Ireland

About Association for Church Archives of Ireland

The ACAI is concerned with the records and archives of the Christian Churches in Ireland and the Congregations and Societies associated with them. If you are interested in becoming a member, please write to us in the contact form, or send us an e-mail at

ACAI Calendar

The Association for Church Archives of Ireland has produced a calendar featuring twelve photographs from Irish religious archives. The calendar has been produced in order to raise much needed funds, so that the ACAI can continue to host workshops, information and training days, lectures, etc for church archivists in Ireland.

The calendar costs €5 to buy, and will be on sale at the ACAI’s AGM on Saturday 12th May, in All Hallows College, Dublin 9. If you would like to order a calendar, please contact us for an order form.

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The Association for Church Archives of Ireland will hold their AGM in the Margaret Aylward Centre, Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9 on Saturday, 9th May 2015.

Theme: Policies  

10.30amArrival & registration (light refreshments will be served)
11.15amBusiness Meeting:

  • Elections – all of the committee are happy to stay on for another term of office as per the constitution.  However, if any member wishes to put their name forward for a position on the committee, an election can be held.  Please forward your names to Brian Kirby by 1 May.
  • Annual Reports from the Secretary and Treasurer
  • Website
  • ‘The future of Church archives’ – seminar

12.00pmDr. Elizabeth Mullins, School of History & Archives, UCD

       Creating a policy framework for an archives service: some key considerations.

1.00pm – Lunch (soup and sandwiches)

2.00pm – Damien Burke, Irish Jesuit Archives

Policies in the Irish Jesuit Archives: the proof is in the implementation.

Vera Orschel, Sisters of St. Louis Archives

 Old Fashioned? The Jesuit project of a commemorative calendar and a fulltext publication.

3.30pm – Open Forum & Closing Prayer


AGM Fee: €20 (covers the cost of room hire & catering)

Annual Membership Fee payable on the day: €20.
Please send cheques in advance of the AGM, payable to the ACAI and sent to Clare Brophy, Provincial Archivist, Franciscan Friary, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin 8.  (Those who wish to pay on the day may do so in cash or by cheque).

New members are always welcome.

Members and other interested parties should confirm their attendance at the AGM by e-mail at:

Please see this document for more information: Notification ACAI AGM – 9 May 2015

REMINDER: ‘Future of Church Archives’ Seminar

The ACAI seminar, ‘Future of Church Archives: Opportunity or Crisis?’, is taking place next Saturday, 28th February in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

The full agenda for the day can be found here.

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DATE: Saturday, 28th February 2015. Attendees should arrive by 10.45am for registration, at which tea and coffee will be served.
VENUE: Lecture Hall, New Library Building, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

The New Library Building can be accessed by entering the St. Patrick’s College campus via the main college gate and turning right. There will be some parking available on the campus. Find directions to the venue below:

ACAI Seminar – ‘The Future of Church Archives: Opportunity or Crisis’

The ACAI are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a one-day seminar entitled ‘The Future of Church Archives: Opportunity or Crisis’ on Saturday, 28 February, 2015 at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

It is hoped that this event will open up a discussion on the future of church archival collections in Ireland. Interested parties are encouraged to register for this event as places are limited and we expect significant demand for places.

ACAI Seminar Schedule

Journal Article: Religious Archives in South Africa

The academic journal Verbum et Ecclesia recently published an article regarding religious archives in South Africa.

The article, entitled ‘Collection stewardship constrained by resources: The management of religious archives in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal region’, discusses the types of records held in South African religious archives and examines related issues such as preservation, archival storage, disaster prevention, environmental conditions, digitisation and security.

Interestingly, the author of the study, Francis Garaba, recommended the establishment of a religious archives group in order for the “voice of ecclesiastical archives to resonate across South Africa” and to foster “greater coordination and networking amongst the archival repositories”.

It can be read (free of charge) here: Verbum et Ecclesia.

‘Under the Influence: The Jesuits in Ireland’ Conference

Irish Jesuit Chaplains Book Cover


The Catholic Historical Society of Ireland and the Irish Jesuit Province are hosting a two-day conference in Belvedere College, Dublin 1, on 19-20 September, to mark the bi-centenary of the Restoration of the Jesuits in Ireland (1814). Themes treated will include the Jesuits and: political violence; the Irish language; the Easter Rising; World War I; the labour movement; the sciences; art and architecture.

All are welcome, it is free to attend and the programme starts at 2pm, Friday, 19 September 2014. The second day of the conference, Saturday 20 September, the programme will begin at 09:30 and continue until 17:00.
Two archivists are speaking at the event on Saturday 20 September –
  • Damien Burke of the Irish Jesuit Archives – Irish Jesuit chaplains in the First World War
  • Vera Orschel of the Rome Archival Project – “Uniting the dispersed members”: Jesuit Communications and the Irish annual letters (1604-1675).
The book Irish Jesuit Chaplains in the First World War will be launched at the conference on Friday, 19 September 2014 by Roisin Duffy, RTÉ Producer, Fr Browne’s Forgotten War.
For further information contact: or see the programme here: Jesuit_Restoration_Programme (link opens pdf)

ACAI Autumn Visit – Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, Belfast

Methodist Historical Society of Ireland

The ACAI Autumn visit will be to the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, Edgehill College, Belfast and will take place on Saturday, 11th October 2014 at 10.30am.

The tour is kindly being facilitated by Robin Roddy, Archivist, and his colleague, Jennifer Stutt. More information about the Methodist Historical Society and their Library and Archives can be found on their website: 

It is expected that members will make their own way to Belfast. Those wishing to participate should contact the ACAI secretary at as we will need to know the numbers in advance.

Catholic Record Society Conference 2014

It has been announced that the Catholic Record Society Conference will be held at Downing College, Cambridge, 28-30 July 2014. Registration is open until 1 July 2014. E-mail for a booking form or with any further enquiries.

Interestingly, for those unable to attend, the conference will also be live tweeted using the hashtag #crs2014.


The programme is as follows:

[1.00 p.m.] CRS Council Meeting
2.30 p.m. Registration
3.00 p.m. Conference Secretary’s welcome and notices
Panel: The Role of Women Religious – Early Modern and Modern Perspectives
3.15 p.m. Augustinian Convent Autobiography (Williams Award 2013)
(Dr Victoria van Hyning, University of Oxford)
3.55 p.m. Female Religious Life post-1940 (short communication)
(Dr Carmen Mangion, University of London)
4.30 p.m. Coffee
5.00 p.m. New Perspectives: the Archive and Object Collections at Ushaw College
(Jonathan Bush and Claire Marsland, Ushaw College)
6.30 p.m. Conference Reception and Supper
8.00 p.m. Works in Progress and Short Communications – TBC

7.30 a.m. Holy Mass for deceased members of the CRS
8.30 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Catholic Perceptions of Lollardy
(Dr Susan Royal, Durham University)
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Cardinal Francis Bourne in Southwark and Westminster
(Fr Mark Vickers, Diocese of Westminster)
12.30 p.m. Lunch
2.00 p.m. AGM
Panel: Private and Public Writing
3.00 p.m. The Impact of ‘Rationes Decem’ on Polish Religious Thought in the late 16th century
(Teresa Bela, Clarinda Calma and Jolanta Rzegocka, Tischner European University, Poland)
3.40 p.m The Letters of George Errington (1804-1886)
(Dr Serenhedd James, University of Oxford)
4.30 p.m. Coffee
5.00 p.m Soundscapes of 17th century Catholicism
(Dr Emilie Murphy, University of York)
6.30 p.m. Supper
8.00 p.m. Works in Progress: Private and Public Writing

‘Whatsoever is not faith is synne’ Religion and Politics in a 17th Century Catholic Manuscript (Katie McKeogh, PhD candidate, Oxford University)
Catholic Convert and Apologist: John Whittingham, 18th-Century Coventry Nurseryman (Ruth Barbour, PhD candidate, University of Warwick)

7.30 a.m. Holy Mass
8.30 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. New Research on Anne Line
(Martin Dodwell, independent researcher)
10.45 a.m. Coffee
Panel: Rogers Awards 2012 and 2013
11.15 a.m. Economic Strategies of British Catholics during the long 18th century (2012 Award)
(Giadi Pizzoni, University of St Andrews)
11.45 a.m. Anglo-Roman voices (Stella Fletcher, independent researcher)
12.15 p.m. Conference Secretary’s thanks and closing remarks
12.30 p.m. Lunch (and excursion)

CONFERENCE TO FINISH NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. for trains back home.


Conference Excursion
The excursion will take place on Wednesday 30 July. This year the excursion will be to Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire. Full details are available on the website. Dr Francis Young will lead the excursion. There will be a separate cost for transport and a donation for entrance which will be payable on the day. Please indicate on the booking form whether you wish to attend the excursion.

Student Bursaries
A limited number of bursaries are available to postgraduate students and bona fide scholars. Further details are available via the website. If you wish to apply for a bursary please contact the conference director for an informal discussion or fill in the online application on the website. All applications must be received by 1 July 2013. Successful applicants are asked to deliver a Short Communication (c. 2000 words/15 – 20 minute delivery) on the subject matter of their research. Membership of the CRS is not necessary to apply for a bursary.