Ushaw College with the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University are celebrating the 450th anniversary of the founding of the English College at Douai with a special anniversary conference: ‘450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future’ at Ushaw, a successor of the English College at Douai, from Monday April 30 to Tuesday May 1 2018.

The programme will include:

  •   Professor Eamon Duffy: “To Doe Our Countrie Good”: Douai, Rome, and the Tridentine Seminary’
  •   Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi and Bishop Paul Tighe: ‘Universities as Places of Encounter between Faith and Culture’ (The Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture 2018)
  •   Professor Michael Questier: ‘The Foundation of the English College at Douai and the English Mission’
  •   Professor Thomas O’Connor and Dr Caroline Bowden: ‘The Exile Enterprise’
  •   Professor Gerard Kilroy and Claire Marsland: ‘Martyrdom’
  •   Rev Nicholas Schofield: ‘The Replanting of the English College at Douai in England’
  •   Rev David Milburn and Rev Dr Michael Sharratt: ‘Life at Ushaw’
  •   Professor Stephen Regan and Dr Stefano Cracolici: ‘Cultural Ushaw’
  •   Dr Jonathan Bush: ‘The Catholic Revival’
  •   Dr Clare Watkins: ‘Forming the Church Today’

A full conference package is £167.50 (reduced rate £131.50 for students and those on a low wage).  This includes a conference fee, refreshments, two lunches and the conference dinner. Limited accommodation is available at Ushaw College bookable on a first come first served basis. Otherwise delegates can book local hotels with transport provided between Durham City and Ushaw College if required.

Full details of the conference, including a link to the online booking site, can be found at


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