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Centre for Catholic Studies

Northern Rising 1569 Anniversary Conference

From Rebellion to Reconciliation: Anglican-Catholic Relations from 1569 to the Present - Regional, National, and International Perspectives

17-19 September 2019 at Durham University, UK


2019 marks the 450th anniversary of The Northern Rebellion (or Rising of the Northern Earls), an event tied to the excommunication of Queen Elizabeth I by Pope Pius V in 1570, and arguably the decisive rupture between the Church of England and the Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome. The city, cathedral and county of Durham was at the centre of the uprising of 1569. However, in recent decades Durham has become associated with dialogue and collaboration between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church, a cause strongly identified with Archbishop Michael Ramsey, Bishop of Durham from 1952 to 1956.

To mark the 450th anniversary of the Rising, Durham University’s Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies and its Centre for Catholic Studies, in collaboration with Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College and Palace Green Library, are organising a three-day, multi-disciplinary international conference to consider and review all aspects of Anglican-Catholic relations in the four and a half centuries since 1569, and the direction of this relationship in the twenty-first century.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Paul Avis (Honorary Professorial Fellow, Durham University)
  • Anthony Currer (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity)
  • Eamon Duffy (Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University)
  • Theodora Hawksley, CJ
  • Paul D. Murray (Durham University)
  • Oliver O’Donovan (Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh)
  • Peter Sedgwick
  • Susan Wood (Marquette University)

Call for Papers

Short papers of no more than 20 minutes are warmly invited on all aspects of Anglican–Catholic relations. These may focus on regional, national and global issues, and/or on theological, ecclesiological, liturgical, historical, political, cultural, ethical and humanitarian themes. Potential speakers should submit a 250-word abstract of their papers, and a one-page CV, to admin.cas@durham.ac.uk by Friday 30 November 2018.

A limited number of bursaries are available for postgraduate students (deadline for applications: 31 January 2019).