Archive News

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)