UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series

Apr 11, 2012 |


UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series

Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies is the UK’s first permanent centre devoted to pioneering research and teaching in Catholic theology in the public academy. The Centre operates within the UK’s premier research Department of Theology and Religion and works in close partnership with the Catholic Church to produce future leaders, foster talent, and foment Catholic scholarship locally and globally.

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UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series

In an exciting pre-cursor to our 2012 Year of Faith later this year, on Wednesday 25th April, the Centre for Catholic Studies will host the UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series, in partnership with the St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Chaplaincy at Durham University. On the evening of Thursday 26th April, Fr Barron will deliver the Word on Fire Lecture at Durham University entitled “St. Thomas Aquinas and Why the New Atheists are Right!” Following the launch in RCDHN, the CCS has organised a UK tour of Catholicism’ screenings in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool, St. Mary’s College, Oscott and the Archdiocese of Westminster.

On Thursday 26th April, Bishop Seamus has endorsed a diocesan afternoon event for clergy, catechists and educators at St. Robert of Newminster in Washington which will also be attended by the CCS’ Bede Chair of Catholic Theology, Professor Lewis Ayres.

A team from EWTN (St. Clare’s Media) will be following Fr Barron’s UK tour to make a documentary about Catholicism and New Evangelisation in the UK. Details of how to get involved will be released closer to the time.

To register your interest in attending either/both of the public events, please contact:
Theresa Phillips at the Centre for Catholic Studies on 0191 334 1656 or at

The ‘Catholicism’ Launch will take place at St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Chaplaincy on Wednesday 25th April at 6:30pm and will be followed by a more intimate drinks reception hosted by Fr Barron. Entry to the Launch itself is completely free but, owing to anticipated attendance, you MUST register for this event in advance and will be provided with a ticket by the CCS. Entry to the drinks reception is £5 which must be paid in advance of this event.

The ‘Word on Fire Lecture’ and subsequent reception will be held at the Pemberton Rooms on Palace Green on Thursday 26th April at 5:30pm. Entry to the lecture and reception is £5 in total and must be paid in advance of the event. Attendees will be provided with a ticket for this event also: should you attend both events, you will receive one ticket which will give you entry to both events.

Payment for either/both public events can be made out to:
‘Durham University – Centre for Catholic Studies’
Please register your interest in this event as soon as possible as tickets are expected to go quickly.

For any other information, please contact:
Andrew Harston at the Centre for Catholic Studies on 07748 106320 or at

Poster (large file pdf 8Mb)

Details (500k)

Letter from Bishop Seamus, including details of diocesan afternoon at St Robert’s, Washington looking at the “Catholicism” materials (100k)

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