Summer School 2017

Pilgrims Together

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Pilgrims Together:

Liturgy and Music in the light of the Reformation

Wednesday 26th – Saturday 29th July 2017

Hinsley Hall, Leeds

                       Director of Liturgy: Ann Blackett                  

Director of Music: Dr Darquise Bilodeau

Keynote Speakers: Prof Peter Marshall, Dr David Bagchi, Bishop Peter Brignall 

Accompanist: Stephen Bryant

Pope Francis reminds us “We must never forget that we are pilgrims journeying alongside one another” (Evangelii Gaudium).

Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, our Summer School will look at how its insights have shaped the Catholic Church over the last five centuries, and explore the changing story of our relationship with the churches that grew out of it.

Our keynote talks

Prof Peter Marshall

Peter is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and is a leading expert in the history of the Reformation.

Martin Luther and the invention of the Reformation.

Dr David Bagchi

David is Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History in the University of Hull and an Anglican Lay Reader in the Diocese of York. He is the author of several studies on Martin Luther and aspects of Catholic theology.

The Reformation and Catholic Theology: Journeying Together in Parallel or Convergence?

Bishop Peter Brignall

An ordained priest of almost 40 years, with a particular interest in liturgy, Peter was appointed third Bishop of Wrexham in June 2012.

Christian unity, credible and convincing witness to the Gospel in our time.

Our Workshops

Bishop Peter Brignall

An ordained priest of almost 40 years, with a particular interest in liturgy, Peter was appointed third Bishop of Wrexham in June 2012.

Workshop: What makes good liturgy? What works in our parishes and how we can make it better.

Ann Blackett

Ann is a former member of the Liturgy Committee of the Bishops' Conference and taught liturgy and sacramental theology at the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury. She is a former editor of and contributor to the Society's journal.

Workshop: What is God saying to me now? Using Lectio Divina and other ways of reflecting on the Word of God, focusing on our readings for the week.

Darquise Bilodeau

Formerly responsible for the formation of liturgical musicians in the archdiocese of Montreal, Darquise is a trained musician, singer and singing teacher. She is currently choir director at the Church of the Holy Ghost, Balham, London.

Workshop: Feasts and Seasons: Words and Music to Celebrate This singing workshop will explore musical settings of familiar texts by looking at their origins to understand their significance and liturgical use in today’s worship.

Martin Barry

Martin read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge and is a former Head of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester. These days he still has plenty to do with Latin, as Choirmaster and Director of Music at St John's Cathedral, Salford.

Workshop: Kick-start your Latin Just how much Latin can you learn in 3 hours? Come along and find out!

Stephen Bryant

Stephen Bryant is Director of Music at The Paragon School, Bath and Organist at Clifton Cathedral. He read music at Manchester University where he studied the organ with Gordon Stewart. Stephen recently launched the Clifton Cathedral Junior Choir. He has performed as an organist throughout Europe and the USA and was a finalist in the Royal College of Organists’ Performer of the Year competition in 2002.

Workshop: Accompanying on a budget Two guitars and a tin whistle? Whatever your resources, you can be effective.

Peter Marshall

Peter is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and is a leading expert in the history of the Reformation.

Workshop: What did the Reformation ever do for us? Delving into Reformation history and its religious and cultural consequences.


Our Mini Workshops

including… Hymns from Luther to the present day, Musicam Sacram at 50 and a Resource Sing-along.


‘Big Sings’, Bar and traditional social events.

It was a fabulous opportunity to meet with like-minded people… engage in really helpful workshops and praise God together. The range of workshops provided opportunities for all to participate at an appropriate level… I was enthused and inspired by these and I look forward to sharing the outcomes with my parish.

2015 Summer School attendee

As I arrived at the Summer School as a first timer, I was a bundle of excitement and nervousness.  Excitement for all the hopes and desires of what I was looking forward to and nervousness about the unknown.  From the moment I arrived, I was embraced by a group of people that reflect the mercy and love that God wants for each one of us.  I go back to my parish with a new found enthusiasm, filled with new ideas that I can’t wait to share.

2016 Summer School attendee

About our venue

A warm welcome awaits you at Hinsley Hall in Leeds, the Diocese of Leeds Conference Centre.  Attractive landscaped grounds create a peaceful setting for Hinsley Hall, which is only one and a half miles from the centre of the city, with good access by road and by public transport.  Comfortable accommodation is provided in en-suite rooms. For further information, please see

The Society of Saint Gregory reserves the right to vary these arrangements.

Financial Assistance

If you’re wondering whether Summer School is for you, please don’t let cost keep you away. The Society has funds donated specifically to encourage and help people attend Summer School and we would be pleased to hear from you. We can help with grants of up to 50% which can be applied for by individuals of any age group. You can print off an application form here or get in touch via our Contact form.

Download a McElligott Fund application form

Complete and return this form if you wish to apply for financial assistance to attend Summer School

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