Category Archives: CCS

Centre for Catholic Studies

Centre for Catholic Studies Book Launch: An online event to launch Neoliberal Religion by Durham’s Prof Mathew Guest. At the event, Prof John Barclay (Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University), Prof Linda Woodhead (King’s College, London) and Dr Tricia Bruce (University of Notre Dame) will be in conversation with the author. Monday 16th October at 5.30pm, via Zoom. Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neoliberal-religion-ccs-book-launch-series-tickets-719627454087 

Bishop Stephen

Bishop Stephen will be visiting the Centre for Catholic Studies on Thursday 28th September. As part of his visit, the Bishop will celebrate Mass at St Cuthbert’s, which will be at 12.30pm on that day. Bishop Stephen will make an official visit to St Cuthbert’s and the University Chaplaincy on Sunday 4th February.

CCS Scholarships

In partnership with the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy and an anonymous donor, the Centre for Catholic Studies is offering scholarships towards tuition fees to full-time or part-time MA and PhD candidates in Catholic theology and Catholic studies. Full details of the CCS scholarship funds available for 2023/24, including eligibility criteria and an application form, are  available at https://www.durham.ac.uk/research/institutes-and-centres/catholic-studies/facilities/funding-/

The closing date for applications is Sunday 28 May. Applications are open to current DU students and new candidates.

St. Cuthbert’s Lecture

If you missed the lecture by Rik Van Nieuwenhove (Professor of Medieval Theology at Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies)  on “The Beauty and Significance of Jan van Ruusbroec’s mystical theology of the Trinity”, you can still watch it on YouTube. The Blessed Jan van Ruusbroec  (1293-1381) was a spiritual author of the Low Countries who developed an attractive and highly original spirituality, which influenced Spanish, French, English and German spirituality in the early-modern period. Ruusbroec describes the mystery of the Trinity as “an ebbing, flowing sea”, forever drawing us in into itself through a life of interiority and sending us out into the world through a life of charitable activity.

St Cuthbert’s Lecture

On Thursday 9th March at 7.00pm Rik Van Nieuwenhove,  Professor of Medieval Theology at Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies,  will give a  lecture on “The Beauty and Significance of Jan van Ruusbroec’s mystical theology of the Trinity.” The Blessed Jan van Ruusbroec  (1293-1381) was a spiritual author of the Low Countries who developed an attractive and highly original spirituality, which influenced Spanish, French, English and German spirituality in the early-modern period. Ruusbroec describes the mystery of the Trinity as “an ebbing, flowing sea”, forever drawing us in into itself through a life of interiority and sending us out into the world through a life of charitable activity. The public lecture will outline Ruusbroec’s thought and how it is relevant to this day.

The lecture will also be available on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/live/bV58Cm8Ay0M?feature=share

Centre for Catholic Studies

Tuesday 24 January – CCS Book Launch, 5.30pm GMT, online. An online celebration of the publication of: Receptive Ecumenism as Transformative Ecclesial Learning: Walking the Way to a Church Re-formed, edited by Paul D. Murray, Gregory Ryan, and Paul Lakeland.  Paul and Greg will be joined by Linda Hogan (Trinity College Dublin) and Gabrielle Thomas (Candler School of Theology) to discuss the work.