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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
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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

About us

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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  • The Centre for Catholic Studies' Newsletter - Michaelmas Term 2021

    The CCS Newsletter for the Michaelmas term has been published.
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  • 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.
  • Thoughts on the Pandemic

    Centre for Catholic Studies members offer some thoughts about the COVID-19 pandemic, offering some words of hope, consolation, food for thought and more. Click on the links below to read more.
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  • The CCS welcomes the Catherine de Francheville Fellow

    The CCS is delighted to welcome Dr Sarah Barthélemy to the CCS Staff Team from 1 September 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the History of Catholicism. Sarah will hold the Catherine de Francheville Fellowship and work on the activities of the Congregation of La Retraite from c.1650 to c.1820. The CCS is very grateful to the Congregation of La Retraite for funding this three-year full-time post.
    Sarah Barthelemy
  • The CCS Welcomes Dr Catherine Sexton

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Catherine Sexton to the Boundary Breaking Research Team: Examining the Ecclesial-Cultural Implications of Sex Abuse Within the Catholic Church. Dr Sexton has a professional background in international development having held senior management positions in VSO and then CAFOD as Head of International Programmes.
  • A New Global Safeguarding Alliance

    In 2020, through the activities of the Boundary Breaking Project examining the ecclesial-cultural implications of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church in England and Wales, the Centre for Catholic Studies was one of a group of eight institutions and one individual expert in the field of Safeguarding to have agreed upon the creation of a Global Safeguarding Alliance (“GSA”).
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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.

Thoughts on the Pandemic

Centre for Catholic Studies members offer some thoughts about the COVID-19 pandemic, offering some words of hope, consolation, food for thought and more. Click on the links below to read more.
Man wearing mask with flowers

The CCS welcomes the Catherine de Francheville Fellow

The CCS is delighted to welcome Dr Sarah Barthélemy to the CCS Staff Team from 1 September 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the History of Catholicism. Sarah will hold the Catherine de Francheville Fellowship and work on the activities of the Congregation of La Retraite from c.1650 to c.1820. The CCS is very grateful to the Congregation of La Retraite for funding this three-year full-time post.
Sarah Barthelemy

The CCS Welcomes Dr Catherine Sexton

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Catherine Sexton to the Boundary Breaking Research Team: Examining the Ecclesial-Cultural Implications of Sex Abuse Within the Catholic Church. Dr Sexton has a professional background in international development having held senior management positions in VSO and then CAFOD as Head of International Programmes.

A New Global Safeguarding Alliance

In 2020, through the activities of the Boundary Breaking Project examining the ecclesial-cultural implications of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church in England and Wales, the Centre for Catholic Studies was one of a group of eight institutions and one individual expert in the field of Safeguarding to have agreed upon the creation of a Global Safeguarding Alliance (“GSA”).
A video call on a laptop

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.

Thoughts on the Pandemic

Centre for Catholic Studies members offer some thoughts about the COVID-19 pandemic, offering some words of hope, consolation, food for thought and more. Click on the links below to read more.
Man wearing mask with flowers

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Department of Theology and Religion

Durham University 

Abbey House 

Palace Green 

Durham 

DH1 3RS 

Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 41656