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Centre for Catholic Studies


The Centre for Catholic Studies exists as a result of the generosity displayed by individuals and communities who believe that the study of Catholic theology, life and practice has a vital role to play in public university education.

To continue to develop the Centre for Catholic Studies, attract and support the world’s most promising students and academics, and deliver top class Catholic learning in one of the UK’s oldest and finest universities, we ask that you show your support by making a donation to the Centre for Catholic Studies via the link below.

You can make a donation online here or by sending a cheque made payable to “Durham University” to the CCS Development Office. To discuss more substantial partnership opportunities, many of which attract generous matched-funding from the University and other benefactors, please contact CCS Development Director, Tim Guinan, for a further conversation. Thank you for your support!

CCS Development Office c/o Tim Guinan, Dept of Theology & Religion, Durham DH1 3RS

Email: Tel: +44 (0) 191 3346 470 Mob: +44 (0) 7771 500 808

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CCS Scholarships and Bursaries

One of the ways in which organisations partner with the CCS is by funding scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate study. Below, CCS bursary/scholarship holders describe their research and what the support means to them. The text is taken from speeches given at our annual Friends' and Benefactors' day.

Revd Boram Cha
"I find myself grateful for learning new and positive things, which has transformed my fundamental attitude about what mutual relations in the body of Christ can be. I do hope that what I’ve learned through CCS will be able to make a small yet meaningful contribution to developing the mutual understanding of Catholic and Protestant relations in the context of Korea." (full text)
Billy Crozier
"The decision of the CCS to understand theology as a dynamic, ever-changing discipline, which both shapes, and in turn is shaped by, the life of the church, has produced a unique scholarly environment; one in which the pursuit of theological learning, both that of its staff and students, is placed within the broader narrative of the Christian community and its ever changing witness to the Gospel." (full text)
Connor Hey
"Studying theology was a way for me to encounter Christ, an encounter that has allowed me to grow in my personal faith and ultimately to discern that I want to give my life to God in the form of the priesthood." (full text)
Pat Jones
"I am researching how Catholic charities understand their identity, and how their links to the Catholic Church and its teaching influence their practice. Using empirical methods, I am exploring how they embody or engage with Catholic social teaching, and what they represent in the relationship between church and state. The research aims to be of use to Catholic charities as well as providing a voice for their experience in academic and ecclesial debate." (full text)
Myka Lahaie
"I’m incredibly grateful for the financial support I’ve received and for the opportunity to be connected with the Center for Catholic Studies. I’ve learned so much from the variety of seminars hosted by the CCS this year and have benefitted from the many opportunities for discussion during the shared meals following each seminar." (full text)
Revd Lynn McChlery
"I’m a minister in Church of Scotland, and for the past 25 years a practitioner of Ignatian Spirituality. My PhD is entitled, ‘How do you know it’s God? Vocational discernment and God’s call to applicants for ministry’." (full text)
Claire Marsland
"I have received a bursary from the Mary Ward Postgraduate Scholarship fund for which I am extremely grateful. The focus of my research project is Early modern Catholic Material Culture. In particular, to examine evidence of the impact of counter-reformation reforms on English Catholic liturgical plate and vestments, between 1580-1690. My inspiration for investigating material culture is my seven- year experience as a museums professional." (full text)
Greg Ryan
"My research examines a perennial question for the Church: how do we understand doctrine so as to be faithful both to Tradition and to the context, language and needs of the contemporary situation. The CCS vision of a committed Catholic voice in the academy, working ecclesially but independently, embodies just this kind of broad, inter-disciplinary approach." (full text)
Adam Shaeffer
"It has been a distinct joy to be part of the Centre for Catholic Studies this year, to hear and learn from such a diverse and insightful group of scholars. The breadth of subjects presented in this year’s seminars has been a rich blessing, as has the fellowship of this gracious community." (full text)
Francis Stewart
"I hope that as I am educated more into the methodology of Catholic Social Teaching it will help me to be a better member of the Durham Martyr’s parish, helping me to link up the Gospel with practise with the Justice and Peace group." (full text)

Friends, Benefactors and Partners of the Centre for Catholic Studies

And Generous Individuals of Vision


View the CCS prospectus.

CCS Development Brochure

View the CCS 10th Anniversary Development Brochure: Shaping the Future of Catholic Theology in the Public Academy; Development Priorities for the Next 10 Years and Beyond.