Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

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.



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:

Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture 2019

Prof. Myriam Wijlens (University of Erfurt and Durham University) talks on ‘Communio Fidelium - Communio Ecclesiarum - Communio Episcoporum: Representation in Synodal Structures.

On Tuesday 26 February from 6.00pm in the Exhibition Hall at Ushaw College. Optional drinks reception to follow lecture.

All are welcome, but registration is essential as this is a ticketed event; tickets must be booked by 10.00am on 19 February.

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We have forthcoming conferences on Catholicism, Literature and the Arts; Biblical Hebrew Poetry; Anselm of Canterbury; Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities; and Anglican-Catholic relations. Click here for details.

'New Song: Biblical Hebrew Poetry as Jewish & Christian Scripture for the 21st Century.'

Will be held at Ushaw College, Durham on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June 2019.

Presentations and discussion with Ellen Davis John Goldingay, Yisca Zimran, Rev. Megan Daffern, Benjamin Sommer, Rabbi Shai Held, Katie Heffelfinger and David Firth, followed by an after-dinner poetry reading with Michael Symmons Roberts FRSL.

For full conference details, including an outline programme, titles and abstracts, information on accommodation and an amenable array of conference packages, please visit the conference website. Deadline for bookings: Monday 27 May.

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'Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts II: Legacies and Revivals.'

An International Conference from Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 July 2019 in Durham.

This second biennial conference will explore key questions concerning the relationship between Catholicism and the arts, including literature, music, and visual art. What substantive relationships of conceptual and formal influence exist between Catholicism and the arts? Is there such a thing as Catholic literature, Catholic music, and Catholic art? If so, in what ways does their catholicity reside in relevant ideas, attitudes, values, and beliefs?

There will be a number of talks by keynote speakers and a special event including a a guest lecture by world-renowned linguist, David Crystal, readings by Maria Apichella from her award-winning collection of poetry, an exhibition and tours of the chapels, artefacts, and architecture of Augustus Pugin at Ushaw College; and a celebration of a Missa Cantata, using Mgr. Charles Newsham’s Ushaw setting.

For conference details and to book, please visit our website. Deadline for registration is Sunday 9 June. All other enquiries to Theresa Phillips by email or by tel: 0191 334 3952.

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