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:

We warmly invite everyone to the following events, most of which will be held online:

The Centre for Catholic Studies’ Book Launch Series:

The Centre for Catholic Studies’ Book Launch Series – a series of online events celebrating and reflecting upon CCS members’ newly released publications. All are welcome; come along, hear about a new book, meet new people, and help us celebrate the launches!

  • 21 October – Karen Kilby, with Linn Tonstad, Katherine Sonderegger, and Simon Oliver, ‘God, Evil and the Limits of Theology.

Catholic Theology Research Seminars:

  • 22 October – The Salvation of the Jews in Recent Roman Catholic Documents by Gavin D’Costa.

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CCS – an update:

We at the Centre for Catholic Studies hold the wider CCS family in the Diocese and beyond in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Here are some pieces that CCS members have written about the pandemic – some words of hope, consolation, food for thought and more.

The latest CCS Newsletter also begins with a reflection on our current circumstances – by CCS student Gaël Pardoën, entitled ‘Being the Dismembered Body of Christ’. It also features:

  • A report on the recently completed project, ‘Religious Life for Women in East and Central Africa: A Sustainable Future’, by Catherine Sexton.

  • A piece about the new FMDM Fellowship in the History of Catholicism, in which we hear from Sr. Jane Bertelsen FMDM (Congregational Leader) and new CCS member Brian Casey.

  • A flavour of James Kelly’s new book, ‘English Convents in Catholic Europe, c.1600–1800’.

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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