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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Catholicity, the distinctive mark of the Roman Catholic community throughout the centuries, has been understood in many ways. Most recently it has become a tribal designation of a particular group of Christians over against others, divisive and constraining rather than expansive and inviting.

The VHI will be researching earlier, more traditional, more expansive understandings of catholicity over the coming years and exploring their applications within and without the official church. We will explore a number of constrictions in catholicity (the abuse crises and gender representation in the Church) as well as some of the more expansive ways of thinking about catholicity as a way of setting up our five year research project on this theme.


Programme 2019-20


Friday 1 March 2019 | 16:00
Philip McCosker


Friday 3 May 2019 | 16:00
and the Promise and Perils of a Global Catholic History
John McGreevy, University of Notre Dame


Friday 10 May 2019 | 16:00


Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 16:00
Mary McAleese in conversation with Gemma Simmonds CJ
(jointly organised with the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology)


Friday 25 October 2019 | 16:00
Hans Zollner SJ, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome


7 February 2020 | 16:00
The Annual Von Hügel Lecture
Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald


CANCELLED -- 12 May 2020 | 16:00
Catholicity and Orthodoxy
John Zizioulas


POSTPONED -- July 2020, Rome

Workshop: Construing Catholicities


All events are free and held at St Edmund's College (Garden Room, Library Building) unless otherwise indicated. Some events currently remain subject to change, please check this page for updates.

Please note that during our public events photographs or videos will occasionally be taken: should you not wish to appear in these please . Videos of past lectures can be found on our Audio/Video page.



A unique institute of advanced studies inspired by Catholic thought and culture, focussed on contemporary global realities, and dedicated to encounter, dialogue, and transformation