Catholic Life

Learning the Mass at Downside

A group photograph from the Latin Mass Society’s last training conference, at Ushaw

The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales (LMS) is organising a residential training conference for priests wishing to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) at Downside Abbey, one of England’s most prestigious monasteries.

The conference will run from Tuesday, August 10, to Friday, August 13, this year and will feature traditional liturgies in Downside’s beautiful chapel together with a Gregorian chant schola and polyphonic choir.

Expert tuition in the celebration of Mass in the usus antiquior will be provided on a small-group basis. There will be tuition in Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis and there will be streams for beginners and more advanced students. Tuition will also be given in the other sacraments and in Latin. There will be opening and closing High Masses, daily Mass, offices and rosary. There will also be a closing conference dinner with guest speaker.

The subsidised fee to participants is only £115, which includes all accommodation, meals and training materials. There are limited places and the society asks that priests register as soon as possible.

Paul Waddington of the LMS said: “This is the sixth training conference the LMS has organised and we are delighted to be going to Downside Abbey. The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has recently praised our work which makes us more determined than ever to provide training to every priest in England and Wales who seeks to learn the usus antiquior.”
For details, telephone: 020 7404 7284.