Many individuals freely give their time and expertise to ensure the running of the Catholic Archives Society and to ensure that its aims and purposes are successfully fulfilled. Its primary aims are to promote the care of the archives of the Roman Catholic Church, so enabling them:

  • To be used for the efficient administration of the diocese, parish, religious foundation or lay society they concern
  • To be available for research and cultural uses

The Society is not funded by any outside agency and its officers are strictly honorary. Its income comes from subscriptions, profits from conference and training days and the sale of publications. The Society is not an archive repository and does not hold or collect archives.


The constitution of the Catholic Archive Society was last amended at the 2021 AGM and can be found here

The Council

The Council members meet several times a year.  The current Council is comprised of the following members:


Rt Rev. Abbot Geoffrey Scott OSB


Chair: Jonathan Bush

Vice Chair: Naomi Johnson

Acting Treasurer: Eileen Head

Secretary: Karen O’Connor

Membership Officer: Karen O’Connor

Journal Editor: Isabel Keating

Council members

Annaig Boyer

Claire Marsland

Jenny Smith

Hannah Thomas

Fr Paul Harrison

Peter Sims-Coomber (co-opted)

Our Patrons and President

Our Patrons are the Right Reverend Robert Byrne, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and Dr Carmen Mangion, senior lecturer in the department History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck University

The Society has no formal links either with the Bishops’ Conferences in the countries where its members live or with the archives profession.  Contacts with the latter are maintained by CAS members who are professional archivists. Contacts with the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales are through Bishop Robert Byrne, patron of CAS.  

Our Historic Patrons are Bede Hemming and Mariota Blackburn , For more information on these patrons and how we came to adopt them, please click here