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Latin Mass training conference,
with the presence of Bishop Athanasius Schneider

From our friends at The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales:

LMS Residential Training Conference for Priests Wishing to Learn the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) at Downside Abbey, Somerset.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider to attend Conference

The Latin Mass Society has announced that Bishop Athanasius Schneider ORC, Auxiliary Bishop of Karaganga in Kazakhstan, will be attending the forthcoming priests’ training conference to be held at Downside Abbey from Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th August. Bishop Schneider will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Abbey Church at Downside on Thursday 12th August at 11.00am. He will also deliver a lecture as part of the conference.

Around 30 priests are expected to attend the conference where tuition will be given in the celebration of Mass in the older form. Some will be beginners, and will be studying Low Mass; whilst others with more experience will be expanding their skills to include Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis. Tuition will also be provided for altar servers.

Bishop Schneider is best known for his defence of the traditional practice of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling. His book, Dominus Est, originally written in Italian but now available in English, deals with this subject in some detail.

The public will be able to attend the 11.00 am Mass in the Abbey Church each day of the conference, but will be particularly welcome at the Pontifical Mass on the Thursday.

There are a few last minute places available at the Downside conference. Priests and potential servers interested in attending should contact the Latin Mass Society by telephoning 020 7404 7284 for further information and an application form.


1 This conference will be the sixth to be organised by the Latin Mass Society during the last three years. Earlier ones have been held at Merton College in Oxford, Ushaw College in Co Durham and All Saints Pastoral Centre in London Colney, Herts.

2. Over 100 priests have attended these conferences, of whom about 85 now regularly celebrate Mass in the Usus Antiquior.

3. Practically all restrictions on the use of the Usus Antiquior or Extraordinary Form were lifted by Pope Benedict XVI in his motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, published in July 2007. Since then the number of both Sunday and weekday Masses celebrated in the Usus Antiquior has increased in all dioceses of England and Wales.

4. The website of the Latin Mass Society Masses includes listings of Masses celebrated in the Usus Antiquior:


  1. Is Karaganga a "titular see"?

    I read much more about Bp. Schneider's efforts outside of Kazakhstan than I do about his efforts in Kazakhstan.

    Praise the Lord for all the good things he says and writes.

  2. Anonymous2:34 PM

    Can one reasonably presume that the good bishop was "exiled" to Kazakhstan because he preaches the proper reception of Holy Communion?

  3. Here is a profile of the Diocese of Karaganda:

    And an interview with Bishop Schneider that mentions his experiences as a child:

  4. Bishop Schneider was born in Kazakhstan and spent his first years there. He is the son of "Volga Germans" who had been deported under Stalin. He began his campaign for the restoration of the traditional Latin manner of receiving Holy Communion AFTER he had been consecrated a bishop in 2006.

  5. "Bishop Schneider will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Abbey Church at Downside on Thursday 12th August at 11.00am". I have to remember that one!

  6. Bishop Schneider was/is responsible for the building of the Cathedral of Karaganda. This is one of the reasons of his frequent stays outside of Kazakhstand, they are normally tied to fundraising.

    Pictures of the Cathedral can be found here.
    The Altars can be seen in construction here.


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