Summer School 2016

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‘My Song is of Mercy and Justice’

Wednesday 3rd – Saturday 6th August 2016

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Suffolk

Keynote Speaker: Martin Foster
Director of Liturgy: Kathryn Turner
Director of Music: Catherine Christmas
Accompanist: Paul Inwood

In the Year of Mercy we were invited to reflect on the mystery of mercy in order that we might become more effective signs of the Father’s action in our lives.

Where do we experience mercy?

How do we witness to this mercy in the communities we belong to?

Our Summer School offered the opportunity to reflect on the Year of Mercy and how this might be expressed through the liturgy.


Our presenters this year

Martin Foster

Director of the Liturgy Office and Assistant Secretary of the Department for Christian Life and Worship

Workshop: Words and Images of Mercy
An opportunity to look at and reflect upon  some key scripture texts on mercy and how they have been imagined.

Kathryn Turner

Head of Department of Spirituality, Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle

Workshop: Encountering Mercy
The liturgy offers a privileged place in which to encounter the mercy of God and to be formed and empowered to take that mercy out into the world.

Catherine Christmas

Advisor for Liturgy & Music, Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Workshop: Ritual Music, with a focus on the new Rite of Marriage

Paul Inwood

Composer and Liturgist

Workshop: Composing Music for the Liturgy
Paul’s hymn, ‘Misericordes sicut Pater has been chosen as the official Hymn for the Year of Mercy.

Christopher Walker

Composer, Liturgist and long-time friend of the Society of Saint Gregory

Workshop: Spiritual care for your Choir and Ministers

Sr. Catherine Darby

Consultant for Adult Formation & Catechesis

Workshop: ‘Eyes and Ears of Love’
Explore how looking and listening supports a compassionate parish ministry.

Fr Kevin McGinnell

Chairman of the Society

Workshop: ‘The Prayer of the Faithful’

John Ainslie

Composer and Liturgist, Treasurer of the Society

Workshop: Singing the Responsorial Psalm
A practical and informative workshop for cantors.

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

About our venue

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre is on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders and surrounded by quiet countryside, ideal for a relaxing walk. The centre has a reputation for excellent, locally sourced food and comfortable accommodation, mostly in en-suite rooms.
For those coming by public transport, there is a bus service from Norwich to Bungay and the Summer School team can arrange transport from the village to the Conference Centre.
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