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


Catholic Theology Research Seminar:

'Redistribution, Recognition and Catholic Social Teaching'.

A seminar by Dr. Amy Daughton, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge.

On Thursday 1 March 2018 from 5.30pm. Venue TBC, please register online at eventbrite or call 0191 334 1656.

Ushaw Lectures:

'Saving Catholic Grosseteste', Fr. Philip Perry’s Lost Biography.

A lecture by Dr. Jack Cunningham, Bishop Grosseteste University.

On Thursday 22 February 2018 at Ushaw College. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm. Lecture: 6.00pm - 7.15pm.

This lecture is open to all and is free of charge. Registration is required online.

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).

450th Anniversary Conference for the Founding of the English College at Douai

'450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future'

Being held on Monday 30 April – Tuesday 1 May 2018 at Ushaw College, Durham.

The full conference programme and online registration can be found via our website:

Our contact details; email: or tel: 0191 334 1656.


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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