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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies

The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st

Assessing the Continuing Significance of St Francis and Franciscan Traditions of Theology, Spirituality, and Action

A Conference in Honour of the 800th Anniversary of St Francis’ Meeting with Sultan Malek Al-Kamil

Hosted by the Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies and sponsored by the Capuchin Franciscans of GB, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters, the Franciscan Sisters of Mill Hill, the Irish Capuchin Province, the Order of Friars Minor, and the Community of St Francis, with support from Ushaw and The Tablet

Tues 5 - Thurs 7 November 2019 in Durham City and Ushaw College, Durham, UK

  • Prof. Richard Cross
  • Michael F. Cusato OFM
  • Prof. Jacques Dalarun
  • Prof. Ilia Delio OSF
  • Prof. Mary Heimann
  • Prof. Mary Beth Ingham CSJ
  • Prof. John McCafferty
  • Prof. Pascal Robert OFM
  • Richard Rohr OFM (by live link)
  • Prof. William Short OFM
  • Prof. Mona Siddiqui

Please see the conference schedule for more details.

The call for papers has now closed.

Please see the registration page for the packages available. These should be read in conjunction with the conference schedule. The registration deadline is 14 October 2019.


Conference delegates can choose to book accommodation in Durham city and book the complimentary conference coach between Durham city and Ushaw College on Day 1 and Day 2 (Day 3 is based in Durham city). We have reserved rooms at the following hotels for conference guests, which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis; please contact the hotel and book direct using the conference code given:

Hotel Indigo (9 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HL, tel. + 44 (0) 191 329 3535). Use conference code ‘ED2’. The cost is £105.00 B&B per night single occupancy.

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County (Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JN, tel. +44 (0) 191 386 6821). Please use this link to book. The cost is £105.00 B&B per night single occupancy.

There is also a Premier Inn at Walkergate, and the Travelodge at 9 Station Lane, Gilesgate, both central.

Other accommodation options can be found here.


Complimentary transport will be provided between Durham City and Ushaw College. This needs to be booked as part of the registration process.

Register for this conference

The following bursaries are available for this conference.

Postgraduate Student Travel Bursaries: Up to 10 student travel bursaries of up to £150 each are available for students giving short papers. Application form.

Postgraduate Student Bursary Places: Up to 20 free places for students giving short papers are available. These places include the conference fee, refreshments, conference dinner on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2. Recipients will be responsible for their own accommodation, travel and other meals. Application form.

Unwaged/Low-waged Concessionary Places: Up to 20 concessionary places are available for unwaged/low-waged/students not giving short papers. These places will include the conference fee and refreshments. Recipients will be responsible for their own accommodation, travel and conference meals (if required). Application form.

Applicants must return their completed application forms to by 30 September 2019.