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Welcome to the Centre for Catholic Studies

Founded in 2007, the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) at Durham University represents a creative partnership between academy and church: a centre within the pluralist, public academy for critically constructive Catholic studies of the highest academic standing.

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The UK's 1st permanent centre devoted to world-class research and teaching in Catholic theology in the public academy
Partnerships with the Catholic Church and other organisations
A distinctive forum for the creative analysis of key issues in Catholic thought, culture, and practice
A vibrant, inclusive community of scholars of Catholicism and practitioners of Catholic theology

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The CCS is the UK’s first permanent centre devoted to pioneering world-class research and teaching in Catholic theology in the public academy. We operate within the UK’s premier research Department of Theology and Religion (as assessed by the last two research assessment exercises--RAE 2008 and REF 2014), and work in close partnership with the Catholic Church and other organisations, in multiple ways, to produce future leaders, foster talent, and foment Catholic scholarship locally and globally.
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Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

God of peace, your prophet Isaiah promised swords would be turned into ploughshares,
and your Son’s mother, Mary, proclaimed the mighty would be put down and the humble exalted:
visit the people of Ukraine; deliver them from fear, violence, attack, injury, destruction, death;
and give them courage, solidarity and allies in their hour of vulnerability and sorrow.
Turn the hearts of those bent on war and invasion.
Strengthen the hand of all seeking to halt conflict, restore order, and pursue justice.
And make this moment of peril an occasion for your Holy Spirit to show your world the cost of conflict and our dependence on one another.
In Christ our Lord, who went to his death because of our hatred, and rose again because our hatred is never stronger than your indomitable love.
Amen.
(Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Catholic Church)
 

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New Podcast on Synodality

Pope Francis has launched the most ambitious Catholic renewal project for 60 years with a listening exercise that aims to give every member of the 1.3 billion Church a stake in its future. A new podcast series tells the story of the reform process.
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The Centre for Catholic Studies' Newsletter - Michaelmas Term 2021

The CCS Newsletter for the Michaelmas term has been published.
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The Centre for Catholic Studies' Newsletter - Michaelmas Term 2021

The CCS Newsletter for the Michaelmas term has been published.
Students on Kingsgate bridge in autumn

Franciscan Theology News - Congratulations to Billy Crozier

We are excited to share with you some very good news – Dr William (Billy) Crozier, who recently completed his PhD with the Centre for Catholic Studies, has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme post-doctoral fellowship. It will be in Franciscan theology and will held here at the CCS at Durham University.

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Department of Theology and Religion

Durham University 

Abbey House 

Palace Green 

Durham 

DH1 3RS 

Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 41656