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Centre for Catholic Studies

Catholic Social Thought and Practice

The Centre for Catholic Studies is establishing itself as a leading academic centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice (CSTP), working in close collaboration with the UK Centre for CSTP, which brings together academics and practitioners, including CAFOD, the Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the Von Hügel Institute (Cambridge) and the Las Casas Institute (Oxford).

At the core of this is the St Hilda Chair in CSTP, founded in partnership with a group of committed, major benefactors from the UK, Europe, and the US. This enabling group includes major foundations, women’s religious congregations, and business executives who are each passionate about providing world-leading critical academic resource to contribute to the constructive development and imaginative practical application of Catholic Social Thought and so aid its wider critical engagement and dissemination amongst both scholars and professionals alike.

'This development at Durham comes at a time of widespread interest in exploring what can be gained from Catholic Social Teaching in response to challenges facing our society. This clearly demonstrates the vital contribution we can make to the flourishing of society in pursuit of the common good. His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols