Category Archives: CCS

Centre for Catholic Studies

Centre for Catholic Studies Annual Mass of Thanksgiving: On Thursday 20th June at 5.30pm in St Cuthbert’s, Bishop Stephen Wright will preside at the CCS’s annual Mass of Thanksgiving. Canon Professor Simon Oliver, of the Department of Theology and Religion and Durham Cathedral, will preach. There is much for which to give thanks. After a major fundraising effort over the last few years, the University is in process of establishing a Trust that will ensure long-term financial stability for the CCS, as well as new Professorships in the History of Catholicism and in Franciscan Studies. In addition, after 20 years developing the CCS, the founding Director, Paul Murray, will step back from CCS leadership at the end of this academic year. Prof. Karen Kilby, who has been sharing CCS leadership this year, will then take on the role of CCS Director. All are most warmly welcome to join the staff, students, and friends of the CCS in giving thanks at this point and in praying for the Lord’s continued blessings on the life and work of the CCS. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a glass of something to share.

Distance Learning programme in Catholic Theology: The Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) at Durham University is offering a fully online Distance Learning programme in Catholic Theology. The programme is designed so that participants can work through material at their own pace, studying equally well in any time zone and in many different life situations, alongside work, ministry, family or caring obligations.  Participants can study for an MA, a Postgraduate Diploma, a Postgraduate Certificate, or opt to complete a single module: ‘Catholic Theology: A Preliminary Tour’. Full details can be found at Distance Learning – Durham University  The CCS is offering bursaries towards tuition fees for 2024-25 – CCS Bursary for Distance Learning 2024-25 – Durham University  The deadline for applications has recently been extended to 7 July 2024. Please contact Theresa Phillips, CCS Manager, if you have any questions about this opportunity – theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk

Early Career and Postgraduate Conference: Catholic Theology and Catholic Studies (Day 1); Theology & Religious Studies, the global and the local (Day 2.) Monday 15-Tuesday 16 July. Details and registration on the CCS web page 

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.