The Centre for Catholic Studies organises three main types of events:
- The Catholic Theology Research Seminar
- The Ushaw Lecture Series
All are open to the public.
If you would like to join the CCS mailing list to receive notifications of these and other forthcoming events, please email email@example.com.
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.
- 18 January 2018 17:30: Parishes and Placemaking: Observations from the Making (and Unmaking) of Catholicism in Modern Communities - Dr Tricia Bruce, Maryville College, Tennessee
- 1 February 2018 17:30: 'What is the Point of our Praising the Saints?' The Convergence of Theory and Practice in 12th Century Saints' Cults - Dr Sigbjorn Sonnesyn, Durham University
- 1 March 2018 17:30: Redistribution, Recognition and Catholic Social Teaching - Dr Amy Daughton, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge
- 3 May 2018 17:30: Schillebeeckx: On Incarnation and Vocation - Dr Jennifer Cooper, Campion Hall, University of Oxford
- 17 May 2018 17:30: On Creation and the Soul (Annual Teilhard Seminar) - Professor Simon Oliver, Durham University
- 7 June 2018 17:30: ‘The Good Life and the Good Society': University Students and High Security Prisoners Cultivating the Common Good - Dr Elizabeth Phillips, Westcott House, University of Cambridge
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.
- 24 January 2018 17:30: Sin, Confession and Politics: Royal Confessions in Seventeenth-Century Catholic Europe - Dr Nicole Reinhardt, Durham University
- 22 February 2018 17:30: Saving Catholic Grosseteste: Fr Philip Perry’s Lost Biography - Dr Jack Cunningham, Bishop Grosseteste University
- 6 March 2018 17:30: Jacobitism and the Conscience of British and Irish Catholicism (Ushaw 450th Anniversary Lecture 1) - Dr Gabriel Glickman, University of Cambridge
- 24 April 2018 17:30: On Devotional Objects - Dr Eleanor Standley, University of Oxford
- 1 May 2018 17:30: Title TBC (Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture) - HE Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
- 21 May 2018 17:30: John Lingard, the Closure of the English College, Douai, and its Re-establishment on English Soil (Ushaw 450th Anniversary Lecture 2) - Revd Dr Peter Phillips, Durham University
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
Registration and Call for Papers Open for the Centre for Catholic Studies 10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference:
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.