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Centre for Catholic Studies


The CCS is committed to ensuring that its research and teaching are fully engaged with the world of Church and social practice. Our commitment is to research for the sake of the common good.

The Bede and St Hilda Chairs

The CCS has created two pioneering academic Chairs, each of which commit 20% of their time to community outreach and engagement:

The Bede Chair in Catholic Theology stands in a special relationship to the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The Bede Professor serves as theological advisor to the Bishop, speaks at diocesan and parish level events, and engages with teachers and students in the Diocesan school system. More information about the Bede Chair's outreach activities can be found here.

The St Hilda Chair, specialising in Catholic Social Thought and Practice, works with faith based organisations, policy makers, activists, social entrepreneurs and Church groups (among others). More information about the CCS's outreach activities in the area of Catholic Social Thought and Practice can be found here.

The Ushaw Lecture Series

The Ushaw Lecture Series is a public lecture series celebrating the cultural and research significance of the remarkable bibliographical, archival and material-cultural collections at Ushaw, near Durham City, and the wider history of which they are expressions. The lectures cover music, art, drama, poetry and literature, architecture, material-culture, politics, science and theology. Forthcoming lectures are listed here.

Audio- and Video-Recordings on the CCS Website

The CCS website hosts a large collection of recent talks, including:

  • The Ushaw Lecture Series, including the history of Catholicism
  • Talks on Catholic Social Thought and Practice
  • Talks on the past, present and future of Catholic education
  • Talks on Catholicism, Literature and the Arts

Other Events Organised by the CCS

All of the CCS's seminars and lectures are open to the public. Our full programme of upcoming events can be found here.

Outreach Activities by Individual CCS Members

Forthcoming outreach events by CCS members are advertised in the News section of the CCS website and announced via the CCS mailing list. To register for the mailing list, please click here.