Archives and Research

Due to present priorities and challenges, as of March 4, 2024, the Archives Department of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s temporarily stopped accepting requests for archival material and research.  Researchers who submitted requests prior to this date will have their requests completed by the Archivist as soon as possible although delays may be expected.  New requests for archival material and research will again be accepted later this year.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Katie Griffin


The Archives and Research Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s exists to collect, preserve and make available records of enduring value which pertain to the experience of the Church and its development in this province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Also within this department is the Records Management Office. The Records Management Office retains the responsibility of all records pertaining to the daily operations of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. This includes the retention of said documents and classification system. The retention of said documents are subject to Canon Law (the law of the Church) as well the federal, provincial and municipal laws.

As such, it plays an integral part in the information system of the diocese. Its main function is to serve the administrative needs of the Archbishop and the archdiocese. However, it also seeks to ensure a documentary heritage and a basis for scholarly research in keeping with the moral and historical precepts of Canon Law and the democratic values and civil law of Canada.

For more information on baptismal and marriage records or to arrange an appointment please contact the Archivist:

Katie Griffin


Tel: (709) 726-3660 | ext. 225

Archives & Research

Basilica Museum

Mullock Library

Archdiocesan Archives

Pastoral Centre 

200 Military Road

St. John’s, NL A1C 2E8

Tel: (709) 726-3660

Fax: (709) 726-8021


Katie Griffin 


T: (709) 726-3660 | ext. 223


Located on the west side of the Basilica.

The entrance to the main office and reception is in the lane between the Basilica and the original Bishop's residence.