|The St Catherines Trust|
for Traditional Catholic Education
Traditio et Veritas
Welcome to the website of the St Catherine's Trust, a charitable trust set up in 2004 to promote Catholic education in accordance with the traditional teachings, liturgy and devotions of the Roman Catholic Church. Our main activity at present is the organisation of annual week-long Summer Schools for young Catholics aged 11 to 18, and annual weekend Family Retreats for Catholic families, usually around Easter.
Latest News and Forthcoming Events
The dates for our events in 2017 have now been finalised, and applications are now open.
Some Recent Events
2016 Summer School, for Ages 11-18 - Sunday 24th July to Sunday 31st July 2016This took place once again at the Franciscan Retreat Centre in Pantasaph, North Wales.
This year the Summer School attracted 36 pupils, the largest number since moving to our current venue, the Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph. Our Chaplain and co-founder, Fr Andrew Southwell, was back with us, taking time out from his doctoral studies in Rome. As usual, the School included Sung Mass or High Mass each day, plus daily Rosary and Sung Compline. On two evenings we also had Benediction.
We were also delighted to welcome Mr Ciall Humphrey, a former pupil on the Summer School, back as a teacher.
This year's Summer School included an outing to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, where Fr Andrew Southwell and Miss Caroline Marris (of the Summer School staff) explained the gallery's religious and pre-Raphaelite paintings respectively.
The Summer School featured two evening talks, one from Fr Anton Gudziel of the Birmingham Oratory on St Philip Neri, and the other from Fr James Mawdsley FSSP on the Divine Office. Fr Mawdsley, who was ordained on 2nd July 2016 in Bavaria and is currently based at the Fraternity's shrine church in Warrington, also gave First Blessings to pupils and staff. As well as the classes in the morning, there were serving practice sessions for the boys in the afternoon, after which pupils had a choice of activity: football or sewing. This year the sewing sessions featured the making of brown scapulars.
On the penultimate evening there was the traditional quiz on what had been taught during the week, in which the students took part with their customary enthusiasm.
On the Saturday afternoon, in place of serving practice, we prayed the Way of the Cross following the outdoor Stations belonging to the Friary, with veneration of a relic of the True Cross at the 12th Station.
A collection of photos from the 2016 Summer School can be seen here.
2016 Family Retreat, Easter Friday 1st April to Low Sunday 3rd April 2016The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, from Papa Stronsay, led the St Catherine's Trust Family Retreat over the weekend of Low Sunday, in Ratcliffe College (LE7 4SG), a Catholic boarding school about seven miles from Leicester. The Latin Mass Society's Priest Training Conference took place there in 2013.
The Retreat Givers were Fr Magdala Maria and Fr Jean Marie F.SS.R, two young priests. As well as conferences from the Retreat givers, there were daily Sung or High Mass, Rosary and opportunities for Confession. The Retreat included a procession through the grounds, Vespers and Benediction on the Saturday, and Compline.
2016 Gregorian Chant Training Weekend - Easter Friday 1st April to Low Sunday 3rd April 2016This course, organised by the Gregorian Chant Network (GCN), ran alongside the Family Retreat at Ratcliffe College. It was led by Colin Mawby, the distinguished composer who was the Director of Music at Westminster Cathedral under Cardinal Heenan, and Christopher Hodkinson, a Director of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge founded by the late Dr Mary Berry. The GCN is an umbrella group for choirs singing chant and other interested organisations, including the St Catherine's Trust and the Latin Mass Society. The St Catherine's Trust administers the chant course's practical side, the food and accommodation and so on. Those coming on the Chant course were able to sing at the liturgies of the Retreat: Mass, Vespers, Benediction and Compline, and thus had a chance to sing a wide range of chant, including Psalm tones, Office hymns, and complex Mass propers. Having two chant tutors meant that the group could be divided for part of the time, allowing those with different levels of experience to get the most out of the course.
2015 Summer School, for Ages 11-18 - Sunday 26th July to Sunday 2nd August 2015This took place once again at the Franciscan Retreat Centre in Pantasaph, North Wales.
Our Chaplain and co-founder, Fr Andrew Southwell, was back with us, taking time out from his doctoral studies in Rome.
The Summer School started with Sung Mass on Sunday evening 26th July, followed by dinner, and ended on the following Sunday, with Sung Mass followed by lunch.
This year's outings comprised an afternoon outing to Denbigh and a pilgrimage to the relics of St Richard Gwynne in Wrexham Cathedral with High Mass and Benediction (in conjunction with the LMS).
You can view photos from the 2015 Summer School here.
2015 Family Retreat and Gregorian Chant CourseUnfortunately these two events did not take place this year owing to to circumstances beyond our control connected with the venue (the Oratory School, Reading).
2014 Summer School, for Ages 11-18 - Sunday 27th July to Sunday 3rd August 2014The 2014 Summer School, for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18, took place at the same venue as the previous year, the Franciscan Retreat Centre in Pantasaph, North Wales. As in previous years, we had daily Rosary, Sung or High Mass in the traditional rite, and Sung Compline at the end of the day.
In the absence of our chaplain Fr Andrew Southwell (who was unable to attend due to his studies), Br (now Fr) Stephen Morrison of St Philip's (Premonstratensian) Priory in Chelmsford was with us throughout the week. As a layman, Br Stephen had been on the Summer School staff from 2006 to 2010. He provided catechism lessons, while the daily Sung or High Masses were provided by Fr John Hunwicke, Fr Richard Bailey and certain of the priests attending the concurrent Latin Course for adults (see below).
The Summer School also included lessons each day in Catholic History, English Literature and a number of other subjects taught from a Catholic perspective, from our volunteer staff. The boys received altar serving training and were of course able to serve at the Masses themselves. In the afternoons, there were various activities to choose from including football and sewing, which were followed by lessons in singing (Gregorian chant and/or polyphony) and Latin, before dinner. On one afternoon there was an outing to Chester.
After dinner each evening, there was talk or a film on a Catholic theme, while on the penultimate evening we held the traditional quiz on the material taught over the week. Each day was rounded off with sung Compline, preceded on two evenings by Benediction.
A special feature of the 2014 Summer School was that on the Saturday, we all travelled to the Shrine of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena (the Dome of Home) in New Brighton to participate in the Latin Mass Society's pilgrimage to that shrine. This included High Mass, a guided tour of the shrine church, lunch and solemn Benediction.
For a collection of photos from the 2014 Summer School, click here.
2014 Latin Course for Adults, Monday 28th July to Saturday 2nd August 2014Once again, the Latin Mass Society's Latin Course took place concurrently with the Summer School, with participants attending the Masses and Offices of the Summer School. Full details can be seen on the Latin Mass Society's website.
2014 Family Retreat and Gregorian Chant CourseUnfortunately these two events did not take place this year owing to building works taking place at the Oratory School.
2013 Summer School, for Ages 11-18 - Sunday 21st July to Sunday 28th July 2013
Each day started with breakfast and the Rosary followed by classes, with the Mass preceding lunch. Our Chaplain Fr Andrew Southwell gave catechesis, and there were lessons each day in Catholic History, English Literature and a number of other subjects taught from a Catholic perspective, by our volunteer staff.
The boys received altar serving training in the first part of the afternoons, and served at the Masses themselves. In the afternoons, there were lively football matches and sewing classes, followed by lessons in singing (Gregorian chant and/or polyphony) and Latin, before dinner. On one afternoon we had an outing to St Asaph and Denbigh.
After dinner each evening, there was talk or a film on a Catholic theme, including talks from Canon Amaury Montjean of the Institute of Christ the King (based at their church on the Wirral) on the Sacred Heart and from Fr Julian Booth on Blessed Dominic Barberi. On the penultimate evening we held the traditional quiz on the material taught over the week. Each day ended with sung Compline, preceded on two evenings by Benediction.
2013 Family Retreat - Easter Friday 5th April to Low Sunday 7th April 2013
This was our fourth Family Retreat in this excellent Catholic venue. It included daily Sung (or High) Mass in the traditional rite, spiritual conferences and talks for the adults, plus talks and activities for children of all ages. As in previous years the Retreat will included sung Vespers on the Saturday evening and sung Compline on the Friday and Saturday nights.
The Retreat Giver was Fr John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
2013 Gregorian Chant Training Weekend - Easter Friday 5th April to Low Sunday 7th April 2013
2012 Summer School, for Ages 11-18, Sunday 22nd July to Sunday 29th July 2012
As in previous years, the Summer School included daily Rosary, plus daily Sung Mass and Sung Compline, both in the traditional rite. This year, thanks to the presence of additional clergy, Fr Thomas Crean OP and Fr John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (who was one of the tutors on the Latin Course running in parallel with the Summer School), we were able to have Solemn High Masses on most days. The students received catechesis from our Chaplain Fr Andrew Southwell, and lessons each day in Catholic History, English Literature and a number of other subjects taught from a Catholic perspective, from our volunteer staff. In the afternoons, activities included football and sewing, followed by lessons in singing (Gregorian chant or polyphony) and Latin, before dinner. On one day there was an outing to Holywell including Sung Mass in the parish church and a visit to the shrine of St Winefride, followed by a packed lunch and some free time in Chester. After dinner, the students enjoyed a talk or a film on a Catholic theme. On the penultimate evening a quiz was held on the material taught over the week, in which the students participated with their usual enthusiasm. On the final night we listened to a staged reading of The Empty Tomb by Dorothy L. Sayers, performed by some of the students under the direction of Mr David Forster. Each day was rounded off by sung Compline, preceded on two evenings by Benediction.
For descriptions and photos from our earlier Summer Schools, please see the links on the left or below.
2012 Latin Course for Adults, Monday 23rd July to Sunday 29th July 2012This took place at the Franciscan Friary in Pantasaph at the same time as the Summer School. Accommodation was provided at St Winefride's Guest House next to the Holywell shrine.
2012 Family Retreat, Easter Friday 13th April to Low Sunday 15th April 2012This took place at the Oratory School, Oxfordshire, near Reading.
This Retreat was our sixth annual Retreat for families, and our third at this excellent venue! It included Daily Sung or High Mass in the traditional rite, sung Compline, traditional devotions, spiritual conferences and activities for children of all ages. The Retreat was designed to enable parents to attend accompanied by their children, although adults not accompanied by children were also welcome.
2012 Gregorian Chant Course, Easter Friday 13th April 2012 to Low Sunday 15th April 2012This took place concurrently with the Family Retreat (above) at the Oratory School.
The Chant Course, provided in association with the Gregorian Chant Network, was directed by Colin Mawby, composer and former Director of Music at Westminster Cathedral, and Christopher Hodkinson of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.
The singers participated in the liturgical functions of the Family Retreat, involving rehearsal of the Mass Ordinaries and Propers, and the chants for Benediction and the Divine Office. They were also introduced to the semiology used in the Graduale Triplex in the context of the Offertory and Communion chants from the Mass of Low Sunday.
2010 Summer School, for Ages 11-18, Sunday 1st August to Sunday 8th August 2010This took place at Ardingly College, near Haywards Heath, as last year. This jubilee Summer School, marking five years since our first in 2005, saw all the features which have made it such a success over the years.
We had high staff-student ratio thanks to our volunteers, making for a varied set of subjects and small class sizes. Our Chaplain, Fr Southwell, gave all the students catechesis. Each day began with the Rosary in the chapel, and ended with Sung Compline; we had Sung Mass every day before lunch. In addition to the lessons there was a variety of outdoor activities, sewing and drawing, altar serving training for the boys, and a trip to Arundel with Sung Mass in the Cathedral.
Some pictures can be seen on Dr Joseph Shaw's blog.
2010 Latin Course for Adults, Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th August 2010This new initiative took place at Ardingly College concurrently with the Summer School. It had its own accommodation and staff, but participants were able to attend the liturgical functions (Sung Mass and Sung Compline) of the Summer School each day.
Under the direction of the well-known Latinist Mr Philip Goddard, this was the only Latin Summer School with a focus on liturgical Latin. It was an intensive course with classes for beginners and the more advanced.
Reports on our past events
The St Catherines Trust is a Registered Charity, no. 1110417.