Trustees and Patrons
Trustees of the Society
The Society has nine trustees who meet three or four times a year. Trustees serve for a period of three years.
Mgr Kevin McGinnell
Mgr Kevin McGinnell is a priest of the Northampton diocese, with responsibility for the Education Service and the Liturgy Commission. He is parish priest of Holy Ghost, Luton, and Chair of the ecumenical bodies for liturgy – Joint Liturgical Group (GB) and the international English Language Liturgical Consultation. He is secretary of the Bishops’ Conference Spirituality Committee and Chair of the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers.
Trustee & Membership Secretary
Julie-Ann is a graduate of liturgical music and a parish musician at Our Lady of the Angels in Warwickshire. She manages all matters concerning membership subscriptions and mailing of journals, as well as website testing and support. Julie-Ann is a keen amateur photographer who loves to be out and about with her camera visiting new places.
Mo is a former Trustee, a member of the Society for many years, Diocesan Representative for Portsmouth and a proof reader for Music & Liturgy. She is active in her parish in Southsea as a reader and also trains younger members of the parish in this ministry, is a choir member and Safeguarding Representative. Now retired from full time employment, Mo enjoys volunteering in the local primary school, singing with an a cappella choir, playing badminton and travelling when she can.
Canon Patrick Hartnett
Canon Patrick was born in Middlesbrough. His father was from Dublin and was brought to Middlesbrough to play for Middlesbrough F.C. Canon Patrick trained for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Tipperary, Ireland. He was ordained at St. Joseph’s Church, Middlesbrough on the 15th June 1979. He is currently Parish Priest at St. Therese of Lisieux, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton and is also the Episcopal Vicar for Worship and Spirituality. He became a Canon in February 2016.
Ladislav Onderčin has been involved in liturgical music for more than 15 years. He studied Organ Performance and Music Education at the Catholic University in Slovakia. He is currently Musical Director at Our Lady & St George’s Church in Walthamstow, East London.
Stephen Bryant is Director of Music of Badminton Junior School, Bristol and Organist at Clifton Cathedral. He is an experienced choral and orchestral conductor and in 2017 founded Clifton Cathedral’s Junior Choir, which attracts young choristers from across the diocese. He has undertaken various recordings, broadcasts and tours with the cathedral choir, and as organist has performed throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and America. His CD of organ music on the cathedral’s magnificent Rieger organ includes the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, attributed to J.S. Bach.
Michelle has been a church musician since primary school. She played the organ at St Patrick’s, Soho, for the London Chinese Catholic Centre (before they relocated to Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Bethnal Green) and is now parish music group leader at St Edward The Confessor in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Michelle is part of the Social Media and Communications Team for the Society.
Mary is a former Secretary of the Society and is currently the trustee with special responsibility for events. Mary is a reader and choir member in her parish and former secretary of the Birmingham Archdiocese Church Music Committee. She regularly delivers workshops on proclaiming the Word. Her claim to fame is that she met Pope Francis whilst at a sacred music conference in Rome recently, but even that auspicious occasion has been overshadowed by the joy that her three small grandchildren bring.
Mary is a former Trustee and first attended the SSG Summer School in 1989 as a beneficiary of the McElligott Fund. She has almost thirty years of experience as a cantor/liturgist in both parishes and schools in the diocese of Westminster, and has worked with the Catholic Children’s Society in preparing and leading their Good Shepherd Masses and Carol Services in the Cathedral. She is currently researching the history of the Society as it celebrates its 90th anniversary.
Patrons of the Society
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Principal Patron)
- Archbishop Bernard Longley
- Archbishop Arthur Roche
- Archbishop Peter Smith
- Bishop Peter Brignall
- Bishop George Stack
- Bishop Michael G Campbell OSA
- Bishop Alan Hopes
- Bishop Declan Lang
- Bishop Thomas McMahon
- Bishop Joseph Toal
Being part of the SSG is being part of the Church’s legitimate interest, concern and development in the whole liturgical life of all of the Church, because the liturgy is at the very heart of our lives and not just an event on Sundays.
The more that good liturgy is celebrated, the holier the community is, the more evangelising the community, the more active the community is in its Christian witness day-to-day. The SSG seeks to promote good understanding of liturgy and valid and true liturgical development in our culture and country. That is to be encouraged and supported; I hope I may make some small contribution to that by my membership and patronage.