Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Durham University's Centre for Catholic StudiesDurham Uni

Durham University's Centre for Catholic Studies is the UK's first permanent centre devoted to pioneering research and teaching in Catholic theology in the public academy. The Centre operates within the UK's premier research Department of Theology and Religion and works in close partnership with the Catholic Church to produce future leaders, foster talent, and foment Catholic scholarship locally and globally.

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The Centre for Catholic Studies programme of events for 2018–2019 is available here.

Next events:

Catholic Theology Research Seminar:

Thursday 24 October: Salvation From What? Some New Testament Perspectives by John Barclay. From 5.00pm with venue to be confirmed.

Ushaw Lecture Series:

Wednesday 16 October: Translating Religion: Devotion and Piety From Europe to the Anglophone World in the Nineteenth Century by Anne O’Connor. From 5.00pm – 7.30 at Ushaw College DH7 7DW.


We have a number of forthcoming conferences, click here for details.

Religious Life for Women: A Sustainable Future

Symposium on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October in London.

Day 1: The essence of religious life for women religious in East and Central Africa.

Day 2: The future for entry into women's religious congregations in the UK and Ireland.

Details and registration available online.

'The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st'

An International Conference hosted by the Centre for Catholic Studies in partnership with the Capuchin Franciscans of Great Britain. Assessing the Continuing Significance of St. Francis and Franciscan Traditions of Theology, Spirituality and Action.

A Conference in Honour of the 800th Anniversary of St. Francis’ Meeting with Sultan Malek Al-Kamil on Tuesday 5 - Thursday 7 November 2019 in Durham.

Registration now open through our conferences page. Deadline for registration is Monday 30 September 2019.

Centre for Catholic Studies email: or tel: 0191 334 1656.

See poster for full details.

CCS Members Outreach:

Did you know, CCS members conduct outreach, in the form of talks, broadcasts and articles, on many aspects of Catholic theology and Catholic studies. You can keep up-to-date with these through the CCS mailing list. Sign up here and select Option C.

Recent CCS Outreach:

  • Church Times article: ‘The wound of mutual flourishing; St Thomas Aquinas’s theology of friendship might bring healing, says [CCS member] Gabrielle Thomas’

  • CCS member Anna Rowlands writing in The Tablet: ‘Asylum - between hope and destitution’.

  • New audio recordings available on the CCS website include:

    • Vincent Lloyd on Black Dignity

    • Amy Daughton on Redistribution, Recognition, and Catholic Social Teaching

    • Martin Stannard on Evelyn Waugh, Catholicism, and America

    • Julian Coman on the far right’s politics of place and identity, which is hostile to the outsider. The Guardian journalist asks how progressive thought can fight back.

Upcoming talks:

Holy Name, Jesmond 90th Anniversary Lecture Series.

Holy Name, Jesmond have been holding a series of lectures in association with the Centre for Catholic Studies (Durham) to celebrate their 90th Anniversary.

Admission is free of charge and all are welcome. No need to book, please just turn up.

The next date and topic of these talks is as follows:

  • Thursday 12 March 2020, between 7.00pm – 8.30pm.

    Towards a Politics of the Common Good’, lecture by Dr. Anna Rowlands.

See their website and the poster for full details.

Celebration of the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman, organised by the Tyneside Circle of the Newman Association at St. Mary's Church Hall, Cullercoats, North Shields on Saturday 12 October, 2.00 - 5.00pm. Featuring Fr. Andrew Downie, Dr. Sheridan Gilley and Terry Wright. The talk is free of charge, but you are asked to let Terry know by email: or tel: 0191 274 8653, if you wish to attend.


Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission III (ARCIC III): First Agreed Statement

Following seven years of work, the official body for Anglican-Catholic interfaith dialogue (ARCIC III) has released its first ‘Agreed Statement’, entitled, 'Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church – Local, Regional, Universal'. Shaped by the CCS’s method of 'Receptive Ecumenism', the statement focuses on the need for ecclesial conversion and reform by the churches of the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church learning from each other in relation to their respective wounds and difficulties. Read more about the publication, including the role of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, here.

Audio and video-recordings on the CCS website

The CCS has updated its repository of audio and video-recordings. New additions include talks by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Catherine Pepinster, Roy Hattersley, Eamon Duffy, Karen Kilby and Daniel Mulhall. They can be accessed free of charge here.

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