Saturday, December 05, 2009

Ushaw Conference 2010

One of the highlights of 2009 was the LMS training conference at Ushaw. I`m delighted to hear that it is happening again in 2010 and will be the LMS`s main training conference of the year. What made it special on a personal level was having spent five years there as a seminarian and never thinking to ever see let alone celebrate Solemn High Mass in St Cuthbert`s chapel. The LMS have sent the following information about next year`s conference. As well as gaining or refreshing knowledge about celebrating the Extraordinary Form it will be a good week in the company of like-minded priests. I was particularly glad to catch up with some people I`d not seen in twenty years.

Here`s the press release:

LMS Residential Training Conference for Priests Wishing to Learn the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) at Ushaw College, Durham.

The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales (LMS) is organising a residential training conference for priests wishing to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) at Ushaw College, Durham, one of England’s most prestigious seminaries.

The conference will run from Monday 12 April to Friday 16 April 2010 (i.e. Low Week) and will feature Traditional liturgies in Ushaw’s magnificent neo-Gothic St Cuthbert’s Chapel together with a Gregorian Chant schola and polyphonic choir.

Expert tuition in the celebration of Mass in the Usus Antiquior will be provided on a small group basis. There will be tuition in Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis and there will be streams for beginners and more advanced students. There will be a keynote lecture and 1962 Missals and altar cards will be available.

There will be opening and closing High Masses, daily Mass and Devotions, and Rosary. There will also be a closing Conference dinner with guest speaker.

The subsidised fee to participants is only £115.00 which includes all accommodation, meals and training materials. There are limited places and priests are asked to register as soon as possible.

Further details and registration forms can be obtained from the LMS office (Tel: 020 7404 7284, e mail: or from the conference organiser, Mr Paul Waddington (Tel: 01757 638027, e mail:

Paul Waddington said, “This is the second time the LMS has organised such a training conference at Ushaw College and we are delighted to be going back. I hope the laity will tell their priests about this wonderful opportunity to learn the Usus Antiquior in the setting of one of England’s finest Catholic seminaries.”

Latin Mass Society, 11-13 Macklin Street, London WC2B 5NH
Tel: 020 7404 7284
E mail:

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For further information, please contact John Medlin, General Manager, or James Murphy, LMS Office Manager, on (T) 020 7404 7284;
(F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail)


Mark said...

I'll maybe see you then, Father, when I look forward to making your acquaintance. God bless!

Anonymous said...

I hear that the conference is only allowed to go ahead because all the current seminarians will be away on Easter Vacation.

Fr Michael Brown said...

I`ve not heard that Anonymous. I remember when we discussed the timing for next year`s conference at the end of this year`s, while it was suggested that we might like to have it in February, the participants were in favour of Low Week again as a good time. The weather was so perfect this year that that helped swing it I imagine, whereas the thought of Ushaw in February was not as appealing.

Anonymous said...

I was meaning that from the seminary point of view, they didn't want the students around to be involved in anyway with the

Fr Michael Brown said...

Well you may be right Anonymous but all I can say is that Ushaw couldn`t have been more helpful last year. Eventually the EF will have to become part of the seminary programme. Maybe the Ad Limina in January will speed that process up.

berenike said...

But it being in Low Week, and our being on a semester system (February break), means my campaign to have a couple of priest-lecturers I know go on the conference is frustrated!

FrankE said...

An advantage of having the Conference when the seminarians are away is that more chapels will be available to 'us'.
On the other hand, don't the bishops have their own conference in Low Week? If so, there's little chance of any of them visiting the LMS conference.

Anonymous said...

to Fr Michael Brown:
indeed an optomistic view, but i can's see +Pat Kelly or any of the other northern Bishops agreeing to their student learning the EF as part of future formation... Ad Limina in January or not.

to FrankE:
So what your saying is that you don't think that the priests of the future should be involved because "you" want more chapels. How selfish...