Purpose of the Archives
The purpose of the Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT), is to collect, preserve, and where appropriate, make available for research the official and ancillary records which reflect the work of the church within the Archdiocese
As the official repository of the history of the Archdiocese of Toronto, ARCAT’s mandate is to acquire records and materials of any form, made or received by the various offices, foundations and individuals, on behalf of the Archdiocese.
As a requirement of Canon Law, ARCAT serves a tripartite function; as a diocesan archives where records concerning spiritual and temporal affairs of the diocese are held; a historical archives where materials of historical value are preserved; and of the Chancellor’s responsibility to ensure that the acts of the curia are kept safe in the Archives of the Curia.
Through our holdings, the Archives seeks to promote an accurate understanding of the origins, aims and goals of the Archdiocese by preserving the documentary heritage of its offices, agencies, parishes and institutions. Our holdings can be generally grouped into four parts:
The Archives is always happy to consider donations of historical papers and artifacts that fit within our collecting mandate. We encourage parishes, clergy and Catholic organizations to contact us when disposing of these items.