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:

Ushaw Lecture Series:

Bishop Cuthbert Tunstall and Durham’s Response to the Reformation

Lendrum Priory Library Fellow Lecture

Dr Elizabeth Biggs (Lendrum Priory Library Visiting Fellow, Durham Residential Research Library).

On Tuesday 18 June 2019 at Ushaw College. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm in the Refectory. Lecture: 6.00pm - 7.15pm in the Exhibition Hall.

This lecture is open to all and is free of charge; registration is essential via eventbrite or by telephoning 0191 334 1656.

Transport is also available to book for those who need it. The registration deadline for transport is 10.00am on Thursday 13 June.


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.

See poster for more information.

'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.

The full programme of events is now available to download and read.

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.

See poster for more information.

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.

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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