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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Next events:

Monday 26 April: Celebratory book launch: T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology. Featuring editors Elizabeth Phillips, Anna Rowlands, and Amy Daughton, and Vincent Lloyd, William Cavanaugh, and Robert Song. All welcome; come along, hear about a new book, meet new people, and help us celebrate the launch!

Thursday 29 April: Seminar: Salvation in the Old Testament by Walter Moberly.

Public Lectures:

Tuesday 11 May: Erin Rowe: Black Saints and the Global Catholic Church, 1500 – 1750. See poster for details.

Wednesday 19 May: Jacques Dalarun: Clare of Assisi and Thomas of Celano: An Essential Relationship. See poster for details.

Wednesday 26 May: Ilia Delio OSF: Teilhard’s Evolution and the Body of Christ. See poster for details.

Thursday 27 May: Elizabeth Powell: The Painted Inscriptions of David Jones

Study Series:

On Wednesday 5, 12 and 19 May: Study Series: Faith and Thought: Exploring ‘The Art of Attention’. A series of discussions on the nature and role of ‘attention’ in the arts, spirituality, and theology. Each session will include talks, discussion, and a period of ‘contemplative imagination’ through Scripture, poetry, music, and visual art.

Heeding the Spirit: New Horizons in Receptive Ecumenism. On the transformation of churches through learning from each other. 12.00noon – 4.00pm BST on Thursday 17 June 2021.

See poster for details.

Monday 17 – Friday 28 May: Franciscan Studies Summer School. This is a two–week online summer school presenting an exciting opportunity to encounter the riches of Franciscan theology, history, and spirituality and explore their relevance for today. Learn from world experts in Franciscan studies through video lectures and live Zoom sessions, and interact with participants from across the globe in small group seminars.

More details and registration for all the above events available online at eventbrite.

CCS – latest:

We have recently posted the following videos on our YouTube channel:

  • Ushaw Lecture by Sir James MacMillan: Catholicism and Music

  • Celebratory launch events for CCS members’ recent books:

    • Karen Kilby’s God, Evil, and the Limits of Theology

    • James Kelly’s English Convents in Catholic Europe, c.1600 – 1800

  • Anna Rowlands, Carmody Grey, and Victoria Biggs: What is Mercy?

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.


Annual Director's Report:

The Centre for Catholic Studies' annual Director's Report is available here. It includes, among other things:

  • An address by Prof. Karen Kilby (holder of the Bede Chair and CCS Director)

  • Information about some of our major research projects

  • News of what some of our alumni are doing in the church and the world

  • Information about some of our recent outreach initiatives

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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