New Book on English Bishops

We have received the following communication from Chris Larsen which we produce in full below, regarding an important new publication:

I am pleased to announce that my book, Catholic Bishops of Great Britain: A Reference to Roman Catholic Bishops from 1850 to 2015, will be published this week by Sacristy Press of Durham. This essential reference catalogues the biographical history and significant events of all Roman Catholic diocesan bishops who have been in office since the Restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in England and Wales in 1850, and in Scotland since the Restoration in 1878. The work has developed over a number of years into a comprehensive reference guide to over 300 men, ordained in the episcopal order, who have given their life in service to the Church.

Copies of the book can be ordered direct from Sacristy Press by clicking the link below.

Book Shop

The book includes:Catholic Bishops Book.jpg

– A foreword by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
– Descriptions and a brief history of each diocese, including coats of arms
– Biographical details of all former and current bishops
– Translations of the Letters Apostolic
– Contact details of all serving bishops
– Chronological listing of significant episcopal events
– Indexes of titular sees and cardinal titles
Drawing on a wide variety of sources, this book will appeal to all those interested in the general history and origins of the post-Restoration Roman Catholic dioceses in Great Britain, and be of particular use to diocesan archivists and yearbook editors. It presents the information as completely, concisely and consistently as possible.

As this book records the episcopal milestones of the last two hundred years, it also stands as a respectful testament to those bishops who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, who continue to inspire and encourage their living successors in the Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain today.

“The names of our bishops are to be found in so many local places: in parish histories, on foundation stones, in portraits and in so many memories and retold stories. This book gathers much of that information together, bringing into one volume the briefest details of those many shepherds who have worked among the flock in these lands. Their names continue to live on, and we give thanks to God for the foundations they laid and the work they did: we continue to reap a rich harvest today from their sowing.”
– Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster

You may also find extra information on my Twitter account @bishbrit, which sends daily messages with “bishop trivia” of what happened on this day in the history of the Roman Catholic church in this country.

Many thanks for your interest and support.

Best wishes,
Chris Larsen

Conference on Catholic East Anglia

A one-day conference on the history of Catholicism in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough from the Reformation to the present


11 June 2016
The Narthex, Cathedral of St John the Baptist


10.30 – 11.00     Tea and coffee

11.00 – 11.10      Introduction and welcome

 11.10 – 11.30     Resistance and devotion in Tudor Suffolk: Roger Martin’s prayer book. Dr Francis Young

11.30 – 11.50    A riding mission on the Norfolk-Suffolk border in the eighteenth century. Joy Rowe

11.50 – 12.10    Catholicism in Victorian East Anglia. Prof. John Charmley

12.10 – 12.30    Questions and discussion

12.30 – 13.45      LUNCH

13.45 – 14.05     Nineteenth-century religious life in Norwich: Notre Dame Convent, School and Chapel. Jonathan Hooton

14.05 – 14.15    Questions and discussion

14.15 – 14.40     Book launch for Catholic East Anglia: A History of the Catholic Faith in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

14.40 – 15.15  Round table discussion: the future of East Anglian Catholic history

For more information and to book visit the website Here

Catholic East Anglia is generously supported by the Diocese of East Anglia, the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and the Catholic Record Society

Society Conference Programme

Catholic Family History Society

Conference with AGM 1st October 2016

The Priory Rooms Conference Centre

40 Bull Street

Birmingham B4 6AF


10.00 – 10.30 am             Registration and coffee

11.00 am                 Maggie Loughran, professional genealogy speaker and writer

Wills before 1858, especially those of Roman Catholics.

Bring your own interests in wills for discussion.

12.30pm                  Buffet lunch

2pm                           AGM

2.30pm                    Dr Nick Baker, archivist at Princethorpe College, Warwickshire

Locating the archives of religious orders, followed by your

questions and contributions.

4.00pm                    Tea

  • Full access for people with restricted mobility and also parking
  • Family History Help Desk available: bring your research enquiries
  • Opportunity to meet other members and friends
  • Opportunity to talk to the speakers
  • Material for family or local history
  • Travel, local parking, hotel and local studies information on request
  • For details about the venue see

Tickets: £15, to include lunch and all refreshments, from


A member of the Federation of Family History Societies


Many Catholic archives and records groups are developing online newsletters in the form of blogs or social media accounts. These can be a valuable resource for keeping up to date with new acquisitions and developments.

Going forward, as these become known, we will publish links on here. Here are some to begin with.

Southwark Diocesan Archives Blog

Catholic Archives Society Twitter

Salford Diocesan Archives Facebook




2016 Annual Conference

The Annual Conference of the Catholic Family History society will be held on the 1st October 2016 at the Priory Meeting Rooms & Conference Centre, Birmingham, B4 6AF.


Maggie Loughran – Professional genealogy speaker and writer, who will speak on wills before 1858.

Dr Nick Baker – Archivist at Princethorpe College, who will speak on locating the archives of religious orders.

Further information will follow.

Irish Catholic Registers

From the 1st March 2016, all surviving Irish Catholic parish registers will be online, and fully indexed. The project has been a collaborative effort between Ancestry, and the National Library of Ireland.

More than 10 million register entries have been digitised. They will be free to access during the month of March, after which people will have to subscribe to Ancestry.

More information available from the Irish Times

Researching Catholic Family History Conference

On the 12th March at 11am, Dr Brenda Hustler will be holding a day conference with presentations on researching catholic history. The day will be invaluable for anybody interested in finding out more about their Catholic ancestors.

The conference is being hosted by the Salford Diocesan Archives at St Augustine’s, Manchester.

See attached poster for full details.Family History Conference



Index of Nuns

The Catholic Family History Society is delighted to announce the completion of the ‘Index of Nuns’ project which has been running for some years now. The index is now available to buy on CD from Genfair

This CD provides records of approximately 14,000 nuns who professed later than 1795. For each nun in the index the following facts may be available: surname and forename, her order or community, birth date and place, religious name, family place, names of her father and mother, dates and place of entry, profession, leaving, and death. The amount of information given varies and it is rare to find that all of these details are available for an


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