Saturday, 13 April 2013

The Oratory comes to Australia!

Some wonderful news to share - a reader  has alerted me to a press release announcing that an Oratory will be established in Brisbane by 2016.

The Oratory, as many will know, was founded by St Philip Neri, and Oratories around the world are famous for their liturgy and orthodoxy.  Indeed, many Australians will perhaps most be familiar with the fabulous Brompton Oratory.

Here is the press release from the Brisbane Archdiocese:

For the last two years, a new initiative for the Church in Australia has been quietly and slowly developing behind the scenes.  It has now reached a significant early milestone with this first public announcement released today.

With the permission and support of Archbishop Mark Coleridge, a Congregation of the Oratory in formation is to be established within the Archdiocese of Brisbane by early 2016 and perhaps earlier during 2015.

The Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri is a “Society of Apostolic life” founded under the guidance of the Confederation of the Oratory (based in Rome) and with the permission of the local Ordinary.  An Oratory provides an opportunity for priests to live their vocation in a more structured community than is typically experienced by diocesan priests, but with more flexibility than a religious order.  Above all, it is a community of charity in the spirit of St. Philip Neri, the "joyful saint".

A Congregation of the Oratory begins its life as an Oratory “community in formation” consisting of priests and perhaps seminarians.  This formation phase lasts for at least three years.  During this time, the maturing community is supported and guided by an Oratorian delegate appointed by the Procurator General of the Oratory in Rome.  Other established Oratories may also provide support and assistance as requested.  The formation process also takes place under the supervision of the local Ordinary who has invited the community into his Diocese.  After at least three years and with the approval of the local Bishop and the Procurator General, the community may petition the Holy See to be canonically established as a fully fledged Congregation of the Oratory.

The Brisbane community in formation will comprise four experienced diocesan priests in good standing from different Australian Dioceses as well as two seminarians.  These young men will begin their studies for the priesthood in an overseas Oratorian seminary in September this year.

The location of the Brisbane Oratory in formation and the ministries undertaken by the community are yet to be decided by the Archbishop.  Further updates about the progress of this project , a first for the Church in Australia, will be  provided in due course to keep everyone informed of developments.

So congratulations to Archbishop Coleridge for sponsoring this initiative, and do keep it in your prayers.


A Country Priest said...

Deo gratias. I will pray indeed!

Antonia Romanesca said...

Wow, great news Kate! I had no idea this was on the agenda. May many more blessings be poured upon the head of our dear Archbishop Mark! [looking forward to your pithy and succinct updates on the above!]

in Domino, Tonya

Joshua said...

Marvellous news!

St Philip is one of my favourite saints (a reproduction of Maratti's painting of Our Lady appearing to him hangs above my desk in my study, looking down on me as I type this reply), and the Oratories in Rome and England have been special places to me in my trips overseas: may this new Oratory-to-be bring something of his spirit, and that of his sons the Oratorians, to our land - not least, their care for the Sacred Liturgy, their devotion to the hearing of confessions, and their focus on the salvation of souls.

If you have any further details to hand, such as how to contact these good men and assist them financially and otherwise, I and many others would be most grateful.

Good St Philip, pray for us!

Kate Edwards said...

Unfortunately all I know at the moment is contained in the press release. But if any of the priests (or anyone else involved) would like to contact me, or anyone else knows who they are, I'd be happy to provide more publicity for this wonderful development.

I undertook my instruction when I reverted to the church at Brompton Oratory and have many happy memories of it (I was baptised a Catholic and am a cradle one on the Jesuit definition of if you get a child up to seven, but was brought up as a protestant thereafter, only rediscovering Catholicism during a gap year in Europe).

And St Phillip Neri is a wonderful saint whose cult is so much needed in Australia at the moment!