Summer School 2022

‘Talking, Listening, Responding: the call to be a synodal church’

‘Talking, Listening, Responding:

the call to be a synodal church’


Wednesday 3rd August – Saturday 6th August 2022

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Suffolk

Director of Liturgy: Canon Patrick Hartnett

Director of Music: Paul Wellicome

Accompanist: Stephen Maltby

Across the world, dioceses have been engaging in a process of consultation and listening in preparation for the celebration of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023. The process is challenging.

“A synodal church is a listening church, aware that listening is more than hearing. It is a reciprocal listening in which each one has something to learn.”  Pope Francis, 17 Oct 2021

What does a synodal Church look like?  What changes do we need to make in our own lives and in our communities to shape a Church that is open to journeying together with others?  Are we really a listening Church or a Church that just hears?  Our Summer School will explore and consider ways of responding to the Pope’s call to build synodal communities in our own parishes from the perspective of liturgy and music.

**Summer School Update**

The deadline for the early booking rate has now been extended to 31 May.

Bookings paid in full before 31 May:
SSG Members: £335
Non Members: £360
Under 18s: £190

Bookings paid in full after 31 May: 
SSG Members: £375
Non Members: £400
Under 18s: £230

You can secure your place at Summer School with a non-returnable deposit of £50 with your booking.  This deposit will, however, be refunded if Government guidelines in relation to Coronavirus (Covid-19) prevent Summer School from going ahead.  The balance must be paid in full no later than 1 July, or no later than 1 May for the early booking rate.

Booking now open!

Book your place today using our online booking system.

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Our Summer School Directors and Accompanist

Our Director of Liturgy, Canon Patrick Hartnett, is Parish Priest at All Saints Church, Thirsk, Epistcopal Vicar for Worship and Spirituality and Trustee of Society of Saint Gregory.

Our Director of Music, Paul Wellicome, is a Singer, Composer and former editor of Music and Liturgy.

Our Accompanist, Stephen Maltby, is a Professional Musician, Conductor, Organist and Accompanist, Director of Music at St Hilda’s, Whitby, and Musical Director to the St Hilda’s Festival Chorus and Orchestra.


Our Speakers and Contributors

Speakers and contributors include:

Bishop Peter Brignall, Bishop of Wrexham and a Patron of the Society, bringing us up to date with what has been happening around Synod discussions.

Dr Sue Price, Co Principal and Pastoral Outreach Coordinator, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, whose specialist research interest is in Children’s Spirituality. Sue has a concern about the provision for children in parishes within the current circumstances – is our worship supporting or hindering children’s spirituality and their faith development?

Bob Hurd, teacher, composer and liturgist in various pastoral and academic settings in both the US and the UK.  As Bob is unable to travel to the UK, we are in discussions with him to have a recorded talk.

Maria Hall, Liturgist and  Pastoral Musician, from the Pontifical University of Maynooth, Ireland: focusing on parish liturgical ministry, music in the liturgy and liturgy in schools; what the Synodal approach asks of us, and practical suggestions.

Rev Deacon Peter Tibke, RC Advisor and Coordinator on Prisons in Archdiocese of Birmingham, Managing Chaplain in Prison Service, and Mary Ryan, School Chaplain, looking at outreach beyond the parish.

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.

2019 Summer School attendee

About our venue

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre is situated on the Norfolk/Suffolk border in quiet countryside.  The centre has a reputation for excellent, locally sourced food and comfortable accommodation, mostly in single, en-suite rooms.  En-suite facilities will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  For further information, including details of the Centre’s Covid Confident Accreditation, please visit  For advice and help for those travelling by public transport, please email us or use our contact form

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 contact form.


Payment of Balance

If you have already secured your place at Summer School by paying the deposit, you can pay the balance here.

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

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