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 2017–2018 is available here.


Next events


Ushaw Lectures:

Ushaw Lecture Series

'Nativity Scenes: A Live Performance' a talk by Prof. Stefano Cracolici.

On Wednesday 13 December 2017. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6.00pm - 7.15pm in the Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College.

This lecture is open to all and is free of charge, but registration is required online or call: 0191 334 1656.

The lecture will be followed by Ushaw Carol Service, see poster for full details.

10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference:

Centre for Catholic Studies, 10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference

'Catholic Theology in the Public Academy: Searching the Questions, Sounding the Depths.'

Between Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 April 2018 in Durham.

See our poster for full details of Conference Programme, our Call for Papers and Conference Registration (deadline is Monday 5 March 2018).


Dr. Anna Rowlands announced as the St. Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University.

This endowed research and teaching post was made possible by a number of benefactors and supporters across the UK, Europe and the US. These benefactors include major foundations, women’s religious congregations, and business executives.

All are passionate about encouraging fresh research that will contribute to the constructive development of the Catholic social teaching tradition. All are also passionate about encouraging the imaginative practical application and dissemination of this tradition.

As a result, the holder of the St. Hilda Chair devotes a significant portion of their time to outreach and engagement beyond the University community.

Dr. Rowlands’ appointment in the University’s Department of Theology and Religion will take effect in September 2017.

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