Mount St Joseph Abbey is delighted to be hosting the first Music Ministry Together summer school this week. Music Ministry Together is a new five-day summer school held at Cistercian College Roscrea, for youth and adult leaders who have a passion for liturgical music and the desire to serve as ministers in their parishes, schools and communities. The course is led by internationally known composer, teacher, and liturgical musician Ian Callanan and a dynamic team of adult directors and tutors (all volunteers).
The programme seeks to fulfil its mission of engaging and empowering young music ministers with a particular emphasis on contemporary church music and liturgy. It is an experiential course, where the participants not only learn new music but are also introduced to various styles of Liturgy, the Eucharist, Sacraments and Catechesis.
The theme of this year’s course is ‘wood hath hope’ (Job 14:7-9) and at the beginning of the opening liturgy an oak tree was planted in the grounds of the monastery to mark the start of this new venture.