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Centre for Catholic Studies


The Centre for Catholic Studies organises three main types of events:

  • The Catholic Theology Research Seminar
  • The Ushaw Lecture Series
  • Conferences

All are open to the public.

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The Durham Catholic Theology Research Seminar is a forum for scholarly discussion of pertinent issues in the Catholic traditions of theology and Church. It ranges across the traditional theological disciplines (scriptural, historical, philosophical, systematic, liturgical, ethical and practical/pastoral), Catholic social thought and practice, and social-scientific approaches to Catholicism.

Seminars are usually held on at 17:30 in Abbey House, Department of Theology and Religion, Palace Green, but please check the seminar details for exceptions.

The Ushaw Lecture Series celebrates the cultural and research significance of the remarkable bibliographical, archival and material-cultural collections at Ushaw, near Durham City, and the wider history of which they are expressions. The lectures cover music, art, drama, poetry and literature, architecture, material-culture, politics, science and theology.

Lectures take place at Ushaw, 4 miles west of Durham City. Transport is available between Durham City and Ushaw; if you would like to take advantage of this, please register for your place at least 5 days in advance of the lecture and tell us at the time of booking.


Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

Is love intrinsically linked to suffering? Are suffering, diminishment and loss on some fundamental level good? This is the direction in which recent theological emphases on vulnerability and kenosis might seem to point. In this conference we will seek to bring the question of the status and meaning of suffering in Christian life and Christian theology into focus, and to reflect on it from the perspectives of biblical, historical, pastoral, political and systematic theology.

8-10 January 2018

Further details

Registration and Call for Papers Open for the Centre for Catholic Studies 10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference:

Catholic Theology in the Public Academy: Searching the Questions, Sounding the Depths

18-20 Apr 2018


  • Academic Colloquium featuring James Alison, Paul D. Murray, Anna Rowlands, Karen Kilby, Alana Harris, Elizabeth Johnson, Paul Lakeland, Gavin D’Costa, Gerard Loughlin, Nicholas M. Healy, Janet Soskice, and Myriam Wijlens
  • Celebratory Dinners in the Durham Castle’s Great Hall and St Chad’s College
  • Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving in Durham Cathedral
  • Anniversary Public Lecture by Baroness Nuala O'Loan on Catholicism and Public Life
  • Parallel Paper Sessions for postgraduate students, early career scholars and established academics.

More information

Previous Seminars

Please click here to view a list of previous seminars.

Contact Us

Centre for Catholic Studies

Tel: 0191 334 1656

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