Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Seamus 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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Centre for Catholic Studies:


A full programme of seminars and lectures for for the current academic year (November 2016 - June 2017) can be found here.


Next events


Catholic Theology Research Seminar:

A talk by Prof. Paul D. Murray: ‘What Difference Does Ordination Make? Solving a Catholic Problem through Receptive Learning from Methodist Tradition’.

Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 5.30pm (Drinks), 5.45pm - 7.15pm (Paper & Discussion) at Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham.

If you wish to attend the seminar, please register at eventbrite. Any queries email: or tel: 0191 334 1656.


A talk by Prof. Christopher Southgate (University of Exeter): 'Difficult Thoughts about Divine Glory'.

Tues 14 Mar 2017 5.30pm: Drinks; 5.45pm-7.15pm: Paper & Discussion Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham. Followed by a meal in a local restaurant.

If you wish to attend the seminar and/or meal, please register at eventbrite or call 0191 334 1656. For queries, please contact or 0191 334 1656.

Ushaw Lectures:


A lecture by Dr. Colin Barr (University of Aberdeen): ‘Ireland’s Spiritual Empire’.

Wednesday 8 March 2017 in the Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College, 6.00pm - 7.15pm.

Preceded at 4.40pm by a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Centre for Catholic Studies in St. Cuthbert’s Chapel and at 5.30pm by a drinks reception in the Refectory.

All events free of charge; all welcome. To book, please email or tel: Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656.