Summer School 2019

Celebrating Jubilee!

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Celebrating Jubilee!

SSG 90th anniversary Summer School

Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th August 2019

Worth School and Abbey, West Sussex


Keynote Speaker: Fr Paul Turner

with Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ

Director of Liturgy: Martin Foster

Director of Music: Martin Barry

Accompanists: Catherine Christmas and Paul Inwood

This year we bring you leaders from near and far to celebrate the 90th jubilee year of the Society of Saint Gregory. We welcome for a first time Fr Paul Turner, eminent theologian and author from the USA and Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, home-grown and equally eminent theologian and broadcaster, as well as several old friends of the Society. Together, we will explore the joy that is to be found in our liturgy – from hidden treasures, to invitations to rejoice.   If you are involved in ministry in your parish, we are sure there will be something for you! Summer School provides practical instruction, spiritual reflection and a chance to share good practice.

Book before 1st May for reduced rates:
SSG Members: £335
Non Members: £375
Under 18s: £190

If you book after 1st May rates will be: 
SSG Members: £375
Non Members: £415
Under 18s: £230

Paul Turner is pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and Director of the Office of Divine Workshop for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome.

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Our keynote talks

Joy in the Liturgy
Beyond Gaudete and Laetare Sundays, the liturgy frequently invites us to rejoice. In this year of jubilee, the society meditates on the biblical and liturgical passages that call for joy.

Sacrifice and Communion
To celebrate the mass well means focusing on its central axis of sacrifice and communion. A closer look at the prayers and rubrics of the Liturgy of the Eucharist will uncover ways to enhance our participation.

Hidden Treasures
The missal contains a variety of prayers ancient and modern, each worth deeper study. An overview of select antiphons, collects, prefaces and responsorial psalms will increase the delight of those who set their spiritual lives upon the strong foundation of liturgy.

Our Workshops

Martin Barry

Martin is a composer and former Choirmaster and Director of Music at Salford Cathedral.

Workshop: By Arrangement – for those arranging music for the liturgy

Catherine Christmas

Catherine is Advisor for Liturgy and Music in Arundel and Brighton Diocese, organist at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth and a member of the Collegeville Composers Group.

Workshop: The Role of the Cantor – what it is and how to perform it well

Martin Foster

Martin is Director of the Liturgy Office and Assistant Secretary of the Department of Christian Life & Worship.

Workshop: Good Liturgy: what are we talking about? Exploring the qualities that help make good liturgy, and considering the sometimes different priorities each of us has for our ideal celebration.

Matthew Johnson

Matthew is Choir Director at St Ambrose, Kidderminster.

Workshop: Chant made Simple – exploring this beautiful music form for parish use

Paul Moynihan

Paul is Cathedral Master of Ceremonies to Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Westminster.

Workshop: The Art of Planning and Preparation: thinking outside the box

Fr Paul Turner

Paul is pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and Director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph.

Workshops: A Long Look at the Lectionary and Music for Wedding and Baptisms


‘Big Sings’, Bar and traditional social events.

For me, there are three reasons why I enjoy the Summer School so much: 1) There is high-quality academic input – never dry or boring, but always helping me to grow in my knowledge and understanding of my own ministry within my parish.  2) I always come home with specific, practical ideas to employ within the liturgy in my own parish, either through the workshops or modelled on the excellent liturgies that punctuate the day. 3) Simply meeting and talking with other liturgists, singers, musicians, etc., sharing anecdotes and experiences of our own ministry – there is a real sense of fellowship.

Summer School 2017 attendee

An excellent experience – welcoming and affirming, challenging and thought provoking.

Summer School 2017 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

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

Worth Abbey and School are set in 500 acres of West Sussex countryside, near Crawley, providing ideal opportunities for relaxing walks. Accommodation will be mostly in single en-suite rooms. The bedrooms with en-suite facilities will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For those coming by public transport, the nearest main line station is Three Bridges, which is only 4 miles away and is on the London to Brighton Railway line.

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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