Thursday, 22 August 2013

Brisbane Oratory website goes live


Just to let interested readers know, I've been alerted that the website for the emerging Brisbane Oratory is now live.

Not much material there yet - some background material on the project; on Fr Paul Chandler, one of the three priests involved (the other names are being kept confidential at the moment, apparently so as not to undermine their pastoral effectiveness in their current roles); and some information on how to help.

But do take a look at the background material, and keep checking for updates as it moves towards a 2015 or 2016 start up date.

About the Brisbane Oratory in formation...

Here is an extract from the introduction on the site:

"In mid 2011 an inspiration to work towards establishing the first Australian Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri was conceived. This desire nurtured in prayer has begun to bear fruit. There remains much development and maturation to take place, but by the grace and providence of God we have made a solid beginning.

Our emerging community has been called together by the Lord under the patronage of Our Lady, St. Philip Neri, Blessed John Henry Newman and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. We comprise Priests from different Australian Dioceses and one Seminarian who will begin his formation with a novitiate year at the Toronto Oratory this year. Our Seminarian is introduced to you elsewhere on this website. The three of us as Priests are grateful for the support and encouragement of our own Bishops....

The Lord’s providence has led us to the Archdiocese of Brisbane as our home or ‘Domus’. A permanent ‘home’ with all that it implies is integral to an Oratorian vocation, apostolate and rule of life...We seek to further the mission of the Church and give glory to almighty God through a focus on the Solemn Celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, the ministry of the Confessional and the formation of young people in the fullness of the Catholic faith. As Priests we seek to live an Oratorian community life, not for our own benefit, but that we may be better able to serve God’s people.

In many ways we are dealing with a ‘two speed’ Oratory formation process. In the case of us as Priests we are not able to actually begin our Community in formation in Brisbane until 2015 at the earliest and probably not until early 2016... At the same time, for our student, the Brisbane Oratory in formation will begin very soon as he prepares to leave for Toronto... 

We invite you to please prayerfully support this new initiative for the Church in Australia in every way you can... 

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