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Saturday, 31 August 2013

British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Colloquium: bookings open

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, British Province of St Gregory the Great, now has the booking form available for the annual Colloquium which will be at at the Oratory School, Reading, from Tuesday 22 to Wednesday 23 October. Here are links to the Programme of the Colloquium and a brochure with booking form. (All inclusive £50 for the Conference. Annual subscription to the CCCB £20.)

The Colloquium is a great opportunity to meet with other priests. I will be going, and I do encourage priests who agree with the objects of the Confraternity to come. Speakers this year are:
  • Fr Francis Marsden - ‘The Priesthood under fire - Past, Present and Future’
  • Father John Saward - ‘“Giving Wisdom to Little Ones”: St Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Little Way’
  • Fr Jerome Bertram Cong. Orat. - ‘The Conversion of England’
These are three excellent speakers and I guarantee that they will all be worth listening to. I can also confidently guarantee that you will not be asked to share your feelings in a group, pick stones meaningfully from a bowl or walk round a new-age spiritual labyrinth.

The programme also includes a spiritual conference, adoration and Benediction both days, and time for confessions, as well as plenty of opportunity to share one's gaudium et spes, as well as one's luctus et angor, particularly over the all-important convivium.

The principal Mass is in the modern rite (celebrated with gravitas) but priests can rest assured that there are facilities for celebrating private Masses in the morning in either form, and at the principal Mass it is fine either to concelebrate or to assist in choro.
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