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:


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

Residential Research Library Inaugural Conference: Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities: Britain, Ireland and the European Context, c.1100-c.1900.

From Tuesday 10 September to Friday 13 September 2019 at St. Chad's College, Durham University and Ushaw College.

Organised by Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, in collaboration with The Centre for Catholic Studies.

Durham University, in collaboration with Ushaw and Durham Cathedral Library, is in the process of establishing a Residential Research Library, which will provide opportunities for visiting scholars to come to Durham to work on the rich collections of these three institutions. The formal launch of the RRL will take place in the autumn of 2019 and to celebrate the event Durham University and Ushaw are hosting a conference on the theme of Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities.

Early booking discounts are available until Monday 3 June 2019. Download the full programme and book you place here now.

'Northern Rising 1569 Anniversary Conference: From Rebellion to Reconciliation. Anglican-Catholic Relations from 1569 to the Present: Regional, National, and International Perspectives'

Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 September 2019 in Durham.

Registration; Conferences packages available from £65.50 standard rate / £42.50 student rate. More information and registration online through our conferences page.

Registration deadline is Friday 16 August. Please direct any queries to the Centre for Catholic Studies by email or on 0191 334 1656.

See poster for full details.

'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 are 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 dates and topics of these talks are as follows:

  • Wednesday 2 October 2019, between 7.00pm – 8.30pm.

    English Literature and Catholicism; The Poetry of Devotion’, lecture by Prof. Stephen Regan.

  • 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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