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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies


Prof Eamon Duffy receives Honorary Degree

(3 July 2013)

Prof Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University was honoured this year alongside thousands of students graduating from Durham University with the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa.

Professor Eamon Duffy is the leading historian of Catholicism in the English Reformation and a founding member of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain. Delivering the Oration, Professor Alec Ryrie said “He is a giant of the historical profession, a formidable controversialist, a subtle researcher, a humane writer, who has done more than anyone alive to bring English Catholicism back into the historical mainstream where it belongs and to break down the barriers between history and theology. 

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: “All of our honorary degree recipients have made outstanding contributions in their chosen fields, have strong links to Durham University, often our alumni, and are a real example to our students of what Durham students can achieve with drive, determination and skill. 

A copy of the Oration is available for download here.

A copy of Prof. Sheridan Gilley's after dinner speech is also available here.

Prof. Chris Higgins, Prof. Eamon Duffy, Prof. Alec Ryrie, Prof. Paul D. Murray