Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Latin Mass Society Training Conference at Downside Abbey

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The Latin Mass Society has recently announced its next Conference for training priests to say the usus aniquior of the Roman Rite, the Traditional Mass, to be held at Downside Abbey.

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Downside Abbey is in Stratton on the Fosse, Somerset; the dates of the conference are are Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 August. The inclusive fee is £115; we have it on good (episcopal!) authority that parish priests can claim this from parish funds as a parish expense. In any case this is enormously subsidised by the Latin Mass Society and represents very good value for money.

Priests interested in attending should contact the LMS office on 020 7404 7284 or e mail: info@latin-mass-society.org.

Yesterday I was in Downside with our Treasurer, Paul Waddington, who is the principle organiser of these events and took a few photos. We were shown around by Fr Boniface, and although I know the Abbey Church well I was fascinated to see the magnificent sacristy, shown in the pictures below.
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As as Ushaw there are many richly decorated side chapels intended for private Masses, including the shrine to St Oliver Plunket, and Abbey Church itself is one of the very finest Catholic ecclesiastical buildings in Britain.
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The Conference will also have the use of the 'Old Chapel', used by the monks before the Abbey Church was built, and the Crypt.
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Among the tutors at the Conference will be Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP, who has been very dedicated to the cause of training priests at successive conferences, and Fr Bede Rowe, who is Parish Priest of nearby Warminster and now the LMS' Chaplain for the South West.

Colin Mawby, the well known composer and former Directors of Music at Westminster Cathedral, will be available to teach priests the chant, as he was in the conference the LMS held at London Colney - as shwon in the picture below.
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Finally, here is a statue of the Virgin and Child in the Crypt.
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