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Oratory logoWhile most of us slept here in Australia, the Brisbane Oratory in Formation quietly came into existence, as the Decree of Archbishop Mark Coleridge of 24 December 2014 came into effect.  [I set the alarm to be awake for the exciting moment]!  We are indebted to Archbishop Coleridge for his support of this project.

We now formally begin our common life as an “Oratory in Formation” and continue the journey towards eventual – God willing – establishment by the Roman Apostolic See as a Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri.  The Fathers and Brothers of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation humbly ask you to pray for us in this endeavour.

Archbishop Coleridge will celebrate Solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form tonight – Tuesday 26th May 2015 – at 7:00 p.m. in Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley, on this the Feast of our holy founder, Saint Philip Neri, and to mark the foundation of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.  All are invited and welcome to this Mass.  Supper will follow in Our Lady’s hall.

May our holy patrons, Our Lady Help of Christians, Saint Philip Neri, Blessed John Henry Newman, and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati intercede for us!

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BRISBANE ORATORY IN FORMATION COMMUNITY: Fr Paul Chandler (Moderator), Fr Scot Armstrong, Fr Andrew Wise, Fr Adrian Sharp, Br Shawn Murphy, Br Francis King



oratory website screenshot 1The Brisbane Oratory in Formation now has a revamped website.

It provides information about Oratories in general, and about the Brisbane Oratory in Formation project.

In the latest news section, there are some photos of the Brisbane Oratory’s seminarian, Shawn Murphy, being clothed in the habit of the Toronto Oratory, where he is formally beginning his formation in Oratorian life.  (There are more photos from this event here).

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The Brisbane Oratory in Formation’s seminarian, Shawn Murphy, receiving the habit of the Toronto Oratory

There is also a link to yesterday’s article in The Australian newspaper on the Brisbane Oratory.

Please keep this project in your prayers.  It’s a great development for our Archdiocese, and its wonderful that its happening here.

You might also consider making a financial offering, which at this stage will especially assist in the training of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation’s seminarian.