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Centre for Catholic Studies


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Life Amid Loss: What I Learned from the Sisters of La Retraite

Professor Karen Kilby (Bede Chair of Catholic Theology with the CCS) reflects on her collaboration with the Sisters of La Retraite in a new Commonweal article, available here.

(23 Feb 2017)

Postgraduate Study Day in Catholic Theology and Catholic Studies

Friday 2 June 2017 at Durham University

The CCS Postgraduate Study Day is a chance for postgraduates working in any aspect of contemporary Catholic theology and/or Catholic studies to meet and present their research in a collegial environment. Postgraduates are invited to submit proposals (title and 100-200 word abstract) for 20 minute papers on any area relevant to Catholic theology/Catholic studies, including constructive, practical, pastoral or political theology, Catholic Social Thought and Practice, the history of Catholicism, Catholicism, literature and the arts, and the social-scientific study of Catholicism. The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 April 2017. The deadline to book a place at the day is 9 May 2017.


(13 Feb 2017) » More about the Postgraduate Study Day

Durham University to develop new international residential research library at Ushaw College

A new international residential research library, the only one of its kind in the UK, is to be developed at Ushaw College, in a £2 million project led by Durham University.

It is intended that leading researchers from around the world will visit Ushaw to study and work with its outstanding collections, along with those of Durham Cathedral and the University’s Palace Green Library, enhancing the thriving scholarly community that already exists in and around Durham City.

Further information

(3 Feb 2017)

New monograph by Dr Nicole Reinhardt

"Voices of Conscience: Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France"

Oxford University Press


(18 Oct 2016) » More about this monograph

50 Years of Walking Together in Faith; Exploring New Directions in Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations

On Wednesday 5 October 2016, Prof Paul Murray and Dr Anna Rowlands will speak at a symposium of 36 Catholic and Anglican bishops, entitled '50 years of walking together in faith; exploring new directions in Anglican-Roman Catholic relations'.

(3 Oct 2016) » More about this symposium

Centre for Catholic Studies Annual Report

The latest Centre for Catholic Studies Annual Report (to March 2016) is available here.

(23 Jun 2016)

History of Catholicism Alive at Durham University

To fully understand the English Catholic martyrs, they must be re-contextualized in the era in which they lived.

This was the message of Professor Michael Questier speaking at Ushaw College on Catholic martyrdom in late Elizabethan England. In his lecture, which was part of the Ushaw lectures series organised by Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, Professor Questier suggested that portraying the martyrs in a white-washed way separated them from the nation’s history of which they are very much a part.

(23 May 2016) » More about History of Catholicism Alive at Durham University

Paschal Mercy and the Power of Belief

Rachel Davies, a PhD student at the Centre for Catholic Studies, has had an article published in the Tablet.

The mercy of God and the rising and dying of Christ are two of the central mysteries of the Christian faith. Rachel Davies explores how one mystery might illuminate the other.

The article can be found here. (Please note that, to access the full article, you might be asked to register with the Tablet website. This is free of charge.)

(23 May 2016)

The Sepulchrine Research Associate

Hannah Thomas

The Department of Theology and Religion, in partnership with the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, is pleased to announce the award of the newly established Sepulchrine Research Associate—a 21-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Early Modern English Catholicism (1500-1800) to Hannah Thomas, archivist and PhD candidate at Swansea University.

(29 Sep 2014) » More about The Sepulchrine Research Associate

St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice: Dr Mark Hayes confirmed as inaugural appointee

Dr Mark Hayes

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, within which the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) is situated, and Durham University Business School are delighted to announce the concurrent appointment of Dr Mark Hayes as the inaugural holder of the St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice. Dr Hayes’ appointment will begin in September 2014, when he will be installed as a Reader of Durham University.

(24 Jun 2014) » More about St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice: Dr Mark Hayes confirmed as inaugural appointee

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