About the Brisbane Oratory in Formation
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.
We are a community of priests, and brothers who are in training for the priesthood, from all over Australia who have come together to form our community in Brisbane. Our emerging community has been called together by the Lord under the patronage of Our Lady, Saint Philip Neri, Blessed John Henry Newman and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. More about each member of our community is found elsewhere on this website. 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. The home of an Oratory is important for this is where the Fathers and Brothers of the Brisbane Oratory will work and live together in perpetuity. We are very grateful to Archbishop Mark Coleridge for warmly welcoming and encouraging us. We thank him for his support, confidence and vision in giving this project for priestly community life a chance to succeed. For the moment, the Archbishop has given us care of the Annerley Ekibin Parish where we currently reside.
As an Oratory in Formation, we are in the process of becoming an established Oratory. During this period of formation, our seminarians study overseas at other Oratories. The Brisbane Oratory in Formation is also under the guidance of Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, an Oratorian from England appointed by the Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory to assist us during our formation time. As our project approaches full establishment we look forward to developing many of those apostolates common to Oratorian life, namely faith and prayer formation for the laity.
We invite you to please prayerfully support this new initiative for the Church in Brisbane and Australia. We will provide periodic updates on our progress through this website. If you can assist with a donation this would be very much appreciated. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the many lay faithful who have already been extraordinarily generous in supporting us through fervent prayer and financial support. From the Fathers and Brothers of the Brisbane Oratory – Thank you.