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:

Book Launch:

Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics
Monday 27 January 2020

3.30pm drinks reception for 4.00pm – 5.00pm talk in the Cassidy Quad at St. Chad’s College, Durham  

You are warmly invited to the launch of this ground-breaking book, which brings together perspectives from global and local experience with insights from Catholic Social Teaching (CST).

All are welcome and attendance is free of charge. If you plan to attend, please let us know by registering at

Edited by Fr James Keenan SJ and Mark McGreevy, Group Chief Executive of DePaul International, this is the first publication that examines street homelessness as an area of development for CST. Foreword by Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.

Speaker: Rosanne Haggerty (Founder & President of Community Solutions) Introduced by Anna Rowlands.

Rosanne Haggerty is the founder and president of Community Solutions, a pioneer in the development of community strategies to end homelessness and improve human service systems. Community Solutions helps communities develop systems-based approaches that optimize local resources to end homelessness. They also assist high poverty neighborhoods in reducing residents’ vulnerability to homelessness.

Community Solutions’ innovations include the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national, movement-based effort to improve local housing systems, as well a group of neighborhood-based efforts in high poverty communities aimed at reducing vulnerability to homelessness and persistent poverty in the most challenged areas of the country. The organization’s work uses data, technology and practices drawn from design, quality improvement and public health to produce lasting, humane and cost effective solutions to long-standing conditions of social inequity.

Haggerty’s work has transformed beliefs about homelessness in the US and internationally and has changed the way hundreds of communities respond to homelessness and extreme poverty.

Prior to founding Community Solutions, Haggerty founded Common Ground in 1991 to develop innovative housing models to meet the needs of homeless and low-income households in New York City. Haggerty holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.S. from Columbia University.

This event is organised by the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice, the Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies, DePaul International and the Institute of Global Homelessness.

Catholic Theology Research Seminar:

'Thomas Aquinas on Charity, Making Satisfaction, and Salvation' with Dr. Rik Van Nieuwenhove (Durham University).

On Thursday 13 February 2020 from 5.00pm - 6.30pm at Pemberton Lecture Room PG20, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RS.

A meal at Capriccio's for those who wish to dine follows the seminar (£10 each, payable directly to the restaurant on the evening; subsidised by the Centre for Catholic Studies).

Book your place online, the registration deadline for the meal is 12.00noon on Tuesday 11 February.

Public Lectures:

Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 10 March.

Sr. Margaret Atkins OSA: ‘Pride and Providence’ or ‘The Mess We’re In’.

'Reflections on Peace, Politics and the Planet, with the help of St. Augustine and Pope Francis'. 6.00pm at Ushaw. Registration will open here on 25 February.

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:

  • As part of our commitment to outreach, the CCS has expanded its newsletter to include accessible pieces on its research. This term’s newsletter features pieces on Suffering and the Christian Life and Franciscan Studies and Ecumenism. It is available here.

  • CCS member Maria Exall has written a piece on Brexit and Christian Identity. Information about her project on Brexit and Catholic Social Thought is here.

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.


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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