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
ChairmanMgr 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.
Anne-Marie is a Chartered Secretary and worked for her accountancy and taxation company for 23 years until she retired. She became a Roman Catholic in 1985 and was received into the Church at Brentwood Cathedral, having been attracted initially by its brilliant music. She plays the piano, a little, and loves to sing, interests that developed from attending Mass. She has been involved in many aspects of the Church: reading, Eucharistic Ministry, Catechism and even co-ordinating basic psalm singing. She joined the Society many years ago whilst searching for music and songs for children.
Trustee & Membership SecretaryJulie-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.
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.
TrusteeFrances is Secretary to the Director of RE (Schools) in Cardiff and to the archdiocesan Liturgy Commission. She is a parish music group leader and cantor. France is also the current commissioning editor for the Music and Liturgy journal.
TrusteeMichelle 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.
TrusteeDarquise is a trained musician, singer and singing teacher. She has been assistant to the Director of Liturgy for the Archdiocese of Montreal, has conducted parish and regional choirs, leads workshops and courses on music and liturgy and is an experienced cantor. She directs the Holy Ghost parish choir in Balham, South London.
TrusteeMary is a former Secretary of the Society. She is active in her parish in Leamington Spa as a reader and catechist and was a member of the Birmingham Archdiocese Liturgy Commission Church Music Committee for many years. Mary delivers workshops and training days for readers around the country. She is committed to the SSG aim of teaching and supporting those in liturgical ministries and is using her organisational skills to arrange workshops and study days, and the annual SSG Assembly.
Patrons of the Society
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Principal Patron)
- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
- 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.The Most Reverend Peter Brignall