Tuesday 19 August 2014

Michael Davies International Conference

The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales

invites you to the

 Michael Davies International Conference
Saturday, 4 October 2014 
the Parish Hall
St Mary Moorfield
City of London

Michael Davies (1936-2004)
 Michael Davies, famed traditional Catholic author and lecturer
and former President of the International Una Voce Federation

Michael Treharne Davies (1936-2004) was arguably the greatest defender, in the English language, of the Traditional Mass at a time when it was being openly attacked and ridiculed by many in the Church, including by those in senior positions who were in a position to know better.

His greatest legacy is the collection of over twenty books and many pamphlets and articles that he wrote on the subject of the liturgical changes in the Church during the 1970s and 1980s.

His magnum opus was his trilogy, The Liturgical Revolution, which detailed the disturbingly similar liturgical changes carried out by Thomas Cranmer in England, in the 16th century, the machinations of the liberals and "reformers" at the Second Vatican Council, and a superbly detailed critique of Pope Paul's New Mass.

His writings were responsible for many Catholics discovering and holding to the Traditional Mass when all others sought to eradicate it from the face of the Church. His research and learning were consistently first-rate, and he always answered his often uncharitable and spiteful opponents with kindness and detailed scholarly rebuttals.

His vindication came after his death. At his funeral in 2004, words of praise for his work were read out from His Eminence Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, later His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, who described Michael Davies as a true son of the Church. His vindication has also been seen in the years since, when the Old Rite was confirmed as never having been abrogated and always being permissible, as he had consistently claimed.

Thanks to the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, the glorious riches of the Old Rite, expounded upon in his books, have been rediscovered by a new generation of young Catholics.

Michael Davies was such a towering figure in the Catholic resistance to the liturgical anarchy of the 1970s and 1980s, that the 10th anniversary of his death is being marked by this one-day conference, including speakers from England and America, many of whom knew this humble British schoolteacher and were inspired by him.

To attend the conference you will need to book in advance. Tickets cost £15 each. Book online using your debit/credit card or PayPal - you will need to print out the confirmation email from PayPal and use it as your ticket to gain entry to the event.

Tickets can be purchased from the website of the Latin Mass Society here:

Add your contact phone number then click button to book your place.

Venue: St Mary Moorfields Parish Hall, Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS (nearest Tube stations: Liverpool Street [Central line] and Moorfields [Northern line], both a 3-minute walk away)

Date: Saturday, 4 October 2014


10.00am Registration
10.30 Opening address by the Chairman, Mr Adrian Davies (son of Michael Davies)
10.40 Dr John Rao - Michael's Liturgical Trilogy
11.30 Coffee break
11.45 Mr Michael Matt - Reminiscences of Michael

12.35 Break for Lunch (conference-goers arrange their own)

1.45 Mr Chris Ferrara - Viruses in the Body of Christ
2.35 Tea
2.55 Mr James Bogle, President of Una Voce - Religious Liberty, Vatican II and Michael
3.45 Closing address by the Chairman

4.15 High Mass of Requiem

5.15 Conference ends

There are numerous pubs and restaurants nearby where conference delegates can lunch or dine during and after the conference.

When booking through the LMS website, you will receive an email from PayPal acknowledging your booking. Please print out and bring the email to the conference - it will be your ticket for entry.

We hope to see you there!