Staff Professional Development

Over the last few years, Stephen has provided Staff Formation in many places, including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Parramatta, Rockhampton, Cairns and NZ, speaking in varied contexts such as Diocesan REC Liturgy Days, CSYMA Staff Retreats, In-School PD days, Conferences, etc.

I have no hesitation in endorsing Stephen Kirk as a professional and engaging presenter whose insights into liturgy, along with the music he writes, will be of great benefit to parishes and schools alike." Anthony Gordon, Team Leader, Evangelisation and Religious Education, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.

“Outstanding! I learned lots of new ideas related to the mass.  The presentation was informative, interesting and gave great guidelines and ideas for music in mass.  Very worthwhile.” Halim Sheridan, Assistant Principal, Religious Education at St Anne’s School, Wanganui, NZ

"Amazing presentation.  I'm not Catholic, but I've been teaching in Catholic schools for 20 years, and this is the first time someone has explained the mass to me in a way I can understand." (Teacher, Good Counsel College Innisfail, Qld, "Music in the Eucharist" presentation)

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Music for Staff Conferences and Retreats

Stephen regularly provides music for staff retreats and conferences in dioceses around Australia.  Below is some of the feedback from a recent conference for RECs from the Sydney CEO Southern Region.

An amazing talent which really set a reflective and spiritual tone for the day.  His use of scripture within his musical pieces produced another way to contemplate on God’s message which I found really effective.”

“Stephen is a very gifted and talented musician.  He was able to open up what Fr Frank Moloney had explained using hymns and music in a very spiritual way.  He assisted us to meditate on the scriptures with heart and soul.

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Workshops/Keynotes/Concerts for Students

Over the last few years Stephen has spoken to and played for thousands of students, ranging from PreSchool to Year 12.  He has provided workshops and keynotes on a variety of topics, from giving a voice to the cry of the poor, to discovering God through the arts and beauty, to the Eucharist and liturgical music, to leading students in Adoration.

I would recommend him without hesitation to any school seeking to deepen their student's appreciation of the treasures of our Catholic faith!" Maryellen Moore, Mission and Ministry Co-ordinator, St Clare's College, Canberra

“Stephen has a great gift to bring to the Catholic Church in effective and prayerful music for young people today that is both appealing and evangelising.” Peter Woods Director Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Association

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Directing Music for School Masses

Stephen is engaged in an ongoing way by girls and boys Colleges in Canberra to direct the music for their liturgical celebrations.  This involves working with staff to construct the liturgies, and working with and mentoring student and staff musicians and singers.

"The Faculty of Religious Education at St. Edmund’s College in Canberra have been utilising the services of Stephen Kirk for a number of years now. We have been impressed with the engagement that our students have with his music and how they more fully enter into masses and liturgies.  Many staff at the College remarked on how well the students engaged with the celebration of the Eucharist. This relationship with Stephen is one that we will continue to embrace and we will look for other ways in which he can assist with spreading the message of the Gospel to our students through song." 
Darren Leech – Head of Religious Education (St. Edmund’s College, Canberra)

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