Latin Mass Society

LMS Priest, Deacon and Server Training Conference 2018

The Latin Mass Society will be holding a residential training conference for priests, deacons, seminarians and laymen wishing to learn to celebrate or serve Mass in the Extraordinary Form. It will be held at Prior Park College near Bath from Monday 9th April to Thursday 12th April 2018.

Tuition will be in small groups. For clergy and seminarians, this will be provided by priests experienced in the Extraordinary Form, for servers this will be provided by laymen with years of experience in the Extraordinary Form.

Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Solemn Mass will be covered, although participants will be expected to be proficient at Low Mass before progressing to the more complicated forms.

No previous experience is necessary, and participants will be divided into groups, according to their abilities.

There will be daily Mass intended to be an example of best practice.

The conference will start after lunch on the Monday and conclude before lunch on the Thursday.

Full board and lodging is provided in basic single rooms (not en suite).

Lunch on the Monday and the Thursday can be booked at extra cost, £5 per lunch for all participants.

The fee for attending is: £120.00
Full-time students: £60
Seminarians: FREE OF CHARGE

To book your place on the Training Conference, please complete the form below and submit your payment using the paypal buttons; credit and debit cards are accepted through paypal.

The main liturgies, all of which will take place in the school chapel, will be open for anyone to attend:

Monday 9th April (Annunciation)
5pm High Mass    
9pm Compline
Tuesday 10th April
11am High Mass
5pm Vespers and Benediction
Wednesday 11th April (St Leo)
11am High Mass
Thursday 12th April
11am High Mass

The Training Conference is heavily subsidised by the LMS. To ensure we have priests capable of celebrating the Mass, and servers to assist, please make a donation towards this all-important work.


Prior Park, which currently houses an independent Catholic school, is set in 28 acres of parkland, and was built in the 1730s as a country mansion for a local quarry owner named Ralph Allen.  Its architect, John Wood, used Bath stone from Ralph Allen’s quarries to create a building in the Paladian style on a hillside site that overlooks the city.  The grounds contain several impressive features, including an ornamental bridge, also in the Paladian style, over an artificial lake.

After the death of Ralph Allen, the property passed through a number of owners, and in 1828 was purchased by Bishop Baines, the Vicar Apostolic for the Western District.  His intention was to establish a seminary on the site, which he eventually did, along with a school.  It was also his intention to build a cathedral at Prior Park, but this never happened, due to the ever present shortage of money. However, a fine chapel was added.

The seminary closed in 1856, when the students transferred to Oscott College.  The school continued until the buildings were occupied by troops during the First World War. A fresh attempt was made to establish a boy’s boarding school at Prior Park in 1925, which is the fore-runner of the present school.

Prior Park College is very suitable for the needs of the LMS training conference.  There is plenty of sleeping accommodation in single rooms, and common rooms will be available for relaxation at the end of each day.  Also, Prior Park has a reputation for serving excellent food. The chapel is particularly beautiful, and retains its original High Altar and reredos in a spacious sanctuary very suitable for the traditional liturgy.  It also has four side altars, which will be used to give tuition to small groups.

Prior Park College Training Conference
Lunch at Prior Park Monday and / or Thursday
9th April 2018 14:00   through   12th April 2018 12:00
Prior Park College
Ralph Allen Drive
Bath, BA2 5AH
United Kingdom

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Phone: 020 7404 7284
Standard Fee £ 120.00
Full-time students £ 60.00
Seminarians £ 0.00
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