Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Research by Appointment Only: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
The Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT) collects, preserves and makes available for research the official records of the Archdiocese of Toronto and those ancillary records which reflect the work of the Church within the Archdiocese.
Under Canon Law, all dioceses are required to maintain an archives. The purpose of preserving records is twofold:
First, records need to be kept as evidence of business activity, in order to comply with regulatory and legislative requirements, and to support accountability.
Secondly, records are kept for historical and cultural purposes. The materials preserved by ARCAT serve as an illustration of the life of the Archdiocese. Twenty-first century Catholics are able to feel a connection to the Catholics who came before; the larger community is able to see how the Church helped to shape the Toronto they now know. Stories of yesterday can be a powerful tool for evangelization today.
Programs & Services
As an archives that meets Canadian professional standards, we aim to fulfill the following core functions:
Records Management Program
Records management is "the field of management responsible for the efficient and systematic control of the creation, receipt, maintenance, use and dispositionn of records" (ISO 15489-1:2001, clause 3.16).
ARCAT staff provide consultation to archdiocesan offices, agencies and parishes to help apply records management techniques and practices
One of the main goal of records management is to avoid the retention and clutter of ephemeral records, and the loss or inadvertent destruction of vital records.
Read about the history of ARCAT in this special issue of Archivaria: Religious Archives.
For current news, visit our blog, The Archivist's Pencil
Marc LermanDirector of ArchivesPrivacy Officer
Gillian HearnsManager of Archives
Andrea D'AngeloAssociate Archivist
Michelle ParadisProject Archivist
Lori SweetappleAdministrative Assistant