From time to time, visits have been arranged to Europe to facilitate members’ awareness of the Church’s archives abroad.  The programme of overseas visits began in Rome in 1995, when members visited the then recently established Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and met its then President, Archbishop (later Cardinal) Marchisano.  The cordial relationship established during that visit continued.  The Society was honoured that Cardinal Marchisano agreed to become a Patron and to welcome him to two of its annual conferences.  Cardinal Marchisano passed away in 2014.


The Society was about 15 years old when its first overseas study tour took place. On that occasion, one of the founder members present remarked that she had never expected it would establish itself so firmly that it could be so adventurous as to do this.  That it has now done ten such visits is a tribute to both everyone who has organised them (in some cases more than once) and to the enthusiasm of members to learn about the extensive and rewarding world of archives.

Visit to Dublin, 12th – 17th August 2019

There are plans for a CAS visit to archives in Dublin and Co. Kildare in August 2019.  The visit will begin in the afternoon of 12th August and end in the late afternoon of Friday 16th August.

The programme is not yet finalised but is likely to include visits to the Dublin Diocesan Archives, the Dominican Archives Cabra, the Irish National Archives, the Irish Architectural Archive, the Dublin Military Archive, the Chester Beatty Library, Clongowes Wood College and Maynooth. 

Accommodation will be bed and breakfast at Maynooth College, Co. Kildare. Participants must make their own travel and insurance arrangements.  The visit will begin and end at Maynooth.

The cost should be no more than £380.  This will cover accommodation, coach hire and administrative costs but not lunch and evening meals. 

If you would like to come, please send a deposit of £60 as a cheque payable to the Catholic Archives Society to Sr Benignus O’Brien, Langdale House, 42 Petitor Road, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4QF.  This will be returned minus a small administrative charge if the visit does not go ahead.

If you would like further details, to see the draft programme or to express your interest, please contact:

Paul Shaw, 020 8568 7305,