Summer School 2021

‘The God Who Speaks’

Our theme for Summer School will be ‘The God Who Speaks’: Celebrating, living and sharing God’s Word, as the Scripture initiative led by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and Bible Society continues throughout 2021.

Pope Francis wrote: ‘The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred Scripture is essential to our identity as Christians.  Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible. Hence, Saint Jerome could rightly claim: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”’ (Aperuit Illis n.1 2019)

Aware of all the difficulties which Covid-19 has brought to our worship, our SSG Summer School will offer ways of responding to Pope Francis’ challenge through our liturgy and music. Through talks, workshops and our liturgies together we will focus on the way we use the scriptures to lead people to a stronger relationship with the Lord, who is the Word of God himself.

We will continue to monitor the situation regarding Covid-19 over the coming months and, if circumstances prevent us all from gathering together in person, we hope to go ahead with Summer School via Zoom.  We will keep you updated and hope many of you will be able to join us at Summer School this year. 

Be sure to make a note of the date and more details about booking will follow very soon.

‘The God Who Speaks’

Celebrating, living and sharing God’s Word

4th – 7th August 2021

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Suffolk

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.

2018 Summer School attendee

About our venue

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre is situated on the Norfolk/Suffolk border in 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.  The bedrooms with en-suite facilities will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  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.  For further information please visit

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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