Sunday, April 14, 2013

Priest and server training at Ratcliffe

Low Mass with two servers, chapel of St Chad
The point of the Priest and Server Training Conferences is, obviously, training of priests and servers! So here are pictures this happening. There was a 'big' Mass each day, attended by everyone, at the High Altar, where Pontifical, Solemn, and Sung Masses were demonstrated, and various priests and servers had the chance to perform different functions. There were also Low Masses before breakfast, where priests and servers had the chance to practice what they had learnt, if necessary with an expereinced priest shadowing them. And there were many other sessions of priests and servers going through the ceremonies during the day.
Low Mass in the Chapel of St Cuthbert
Low Mass
A 'dry', practice Mass, with Fr Crean OP in attendance, Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Low Mass in the Chapel of St Joseph
A laymen demonstrates to trainee servers
The MC goes through the ceremonies of a Solemn Mass to follow
Low Mass in the chapel of St Thomas More
Rehearsing a chanted lection
Two priests running through Low Mass with a priest tutor
Three Polish priests, one from South Africa, and three from Scotland attendded the conference. Also noteworthy was the fact that we had a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and two seminarians: a Dominican, and a transitory Deacon studying at Oscott for the Diocese of East Anglia. And we had a lot of servers, of widely varying levels of previous experience.


  1. Very edifying. Interest will certainly increase in the future.

  2. If I may make a couple of corrections, the final picture is of the three Polish priests continuing their discussion outside the formal training session.

    It would be more accurate to say that there was a transitional deacon studying at Oscott and layman, also studying at Oscott for the permanent Diaconate.

    The young lad who had spent time at Allen Hall is about to enter the Dominicans.