Events at the 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 –

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 at

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