Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

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



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.

Next events


Ushaw Lecture Series:

Professor Janet Soskice (University of Cambridge):
Christ, the Light of Our Lives; Or ‘What Do the Ox and the Ass Get Out of Christmas?

On Tuesday 11 December 2018 at Ushaw College. Lecture from 5.45pm in the Exhibition Hall (drinks reception from 5.15pm in the Refectory). The lecture will be followed by Carol Service.

Carol service commences at 7.30pm in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Refectory.

This lecture is free, but registration by phoning 0191 334 1656 or online, through eventbrite is required.

See poster for full details.

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