Give me ten men really detached from the world,
and I have the heart to believe I could convert the world with them.
St Philip Neri, Maxims and Sayings, 3rd December
Fr Adrian Sharp
Born in 1975, Fr Adrian is the older son of Brian and Verna Sharp of Brisbane. He grew up in Runcorn on Brisbane’s southside and attended primary school at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank. He completed secondary education at Clairvaux MacKillop College, Upper Mount Gravatt, in 1992.
Fr Adrian entered Pius XII Provincial Seminary, Banyo, in 1993, attaining there a Bachelor of Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Ministry. He did pastoral placements as a seminarian in the parishes of Boonah and Inala. He was ordained to the diaconate in December 1999, after which he began service in the parish of Booval. In September 2000 he was ordained to the presbyterate for the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Following his time in Booval, Fr Adrian served as Associate Pastor in the parishes of Burleigh Heads, the Cathedral, Noosa District, Acacia Ridge and Sunnybank. During 2003 he also spent some time with the Cistercian monks at Tarrawarra Abbey, in Melbourne. In 2008 he was appointed Parish Priest of Coomera parish.
At the request of Archbishop John Bathersby, Fr Adrian undertook studies at Saint Paul University, Ottawa (Canada) from September 2010 to December 2012 to obtain a Licentiate in Canon Law. These studies having been completed, Fr Adrian returned to Brisbane and took up work in the Marriage Tribunal as one of the Associate Judicial Vicars in January 2013, and during 2013 was the Priest-in-Residence in the parish of Browns Plains. He became part of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation project in October 2013.
In January 2014 Fr Adrian took up an appointment as Parish Priest of Annerley Ekibin Parish in Brisbane’s inner South. The priests’ residence at Annerley became the first home of the members of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation project, and it was named Casa San Girolamo. From January 2014, Annerley Ekibin Parish was cared for by both Fr Adrian and Fr Paul Chandler. You can follow our parish activities at http://annerleyekibinparish.com/ (and from there find our Facebook and Twitter pages).
After the formal beginning of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation in May 2015, Fr Andrew Wise became Parish Priest, and Fr Adrian returned to full-time duties in the Regional Tribunal.
Fr Adrian became Moderator in May 2016.
Fr Andrew Wise
Fr. Andrew was born in London, England and immigrated with his family to Australia as a ‘10 Pound Pom’ in December 1963. He was educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Marist Brothers in Gippsland, Victoria where his family soon settled. After completing his secondary education, Fr. Andrew spent a short period of time as a trainee Naval Officer in 1980, before answering the Lord’s call to the Priesthood. Bishop Arthur Fox and Corpus Christi Seminary, Melbourne accepted him as a student for the Diocese of Sale to begin his studies in 1981.
Fr. Andrew was Ordained to the Priesthood in St. Mary’s Cathedral Sale, Victoria on 5th September 1987. Since then he has gained a wide range of pastoral experience as an Assistant and Parish Priest in both country and large outer suburban Parishes. Fr. Andrew was Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sale for four years between 2011 and 2015.
Over the years he has also served in a variety of Diocesan and wider Church capacities: these include Reserve RAAF chaplaincy and as an inaugural board member of Catholic Care in the Diocese of Sale. He also served as a board member of the Catholic Development Fund for nine years. He chaired the Diocese of Sale Education, Finance and Audit Committee for a number of years. Fr. Andrew was a member of the College of Consultors and the Council of Priests for the Diocese of Sale. He was also a national executive member and treasurer of the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.
Fr. Andrew holds a MA Degree in Christian Spirituality and a Graduate Certificate in spiritual direction from Creighton Jesuit University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Theology. He also has a Certificate in Counselling, including marriage and family counselling. Fr. Andrew has been active in the ministry of spiritual direction since 1998.
The seed of the first Australian Congregation of the Oratory was sown after a period of prayer before the Altar of St. Philip Neri at the Chiesa Nuova in Rome, in 2010. From that time Fr. Andrew experienced a growing interest in and devotion to St. Philip and the Oratory. This gradually developed into a desire, if it is the Lord’s will, to found the first Australian Congregation of the Oratory.
This call matured and was nurtured in prayer especially after mid 2011, having received invaluable support and encouragement from Archbishop Christopher Prowse, the former Bishop of Sale, along with many of Fr. Andrew’s priest friends.
Since this earliest period, the Lord Jesus and our heavenly patrons have brought about a gradual but wonderfully blessed unfolding of the Brisbane Oratory project. The testimony of many of these blessings is to be found elsewhere on this website. Deo Gratias!
Fr Scot Armstrong
Fr Scot Armstrong is the fourth priest who comprises the foundation community of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. Fr Armstrong comes to Brisbane from the Wagga Wagga Diocese, having been Parish Priest of Ganmain and seminary professor and Vice-Rector at Vianney College. He has been involved in the Oratory project from the beginning. Fr Armstrong brings a wealth of experience in academic circles as well as extensive pastoral work and a love of sacred music.
Br Shawn Murphy
Br Shawn Murphy is a 23-year-old Melbournian who has entered his second year of studies for the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. He is undertaking his philosophical studies at St Philip’s Seminary in Toronto.
Br Shawn completed a bachelor of Arts at Monash University in 2012, majoring in journalism and literature.
Br Shawn first felt drawn to the ministerial priesthood by the sacred beauty of The Traditional Latin Mass and its emphasis on the Holy Sacrifice of Christ. The Catholic Community of Bl John Henry Newman of Caulfield North fostered Shawn’s vocation through their prayerfulness and support.
After discerning, with the help of good priests and a supportive church community, that he might be called to the priesthood, Shawn again discerned in what capacity God might wish him to exercise his priestly ministry.
The idea of an Oratory in Australia immediately appealed to him. He admired its holy and humble founder, St Philip Neri, The Apostle of Rome and was inspired by the Oratory’s traditions of priestly holiness, mutual charity, frequent preaching and forming of young people in the faith.
He hopes, by the grace of God, to cultivate and imitate the holy founder’s virtues of holy joy, charity, supreme reverence for the Mass and prayer.
Please pray for Br Shawn, particularly to St Philip Neri, as he undertakes his priestly formation.
Br Tyson King
Br Tyson King originally came from Albany, a country town in Western Australia, after which he moved to Perth completing a Bachelor of Arts in 2011 majoring in Psychology and Criminology. During a time of growing deeper in his faith, Tyson began to notice a call to the priesthood. Over that time Tyson was drawn to the beauty of and reverence in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which helped him to grow deeper in his faith. During 2013 and the early part of 2014, Tyson lived with a diocesan priest of Perth, Fr Doug Harris, of Saint Bernadette’s Parish. During this time he was inspired by the sacrifice he saw in Fr Doug. As soon as Tyson heard about the Oratory he felt a strong connection to the charism of helping others come to know Jesus Christ with a spirit of holy joy, fraternal charity in community, and the special focus on beauty and reverence in the Mass of the Roman Rite. By the grace of God, Tyson hopes to give his life to Christ in the ministerial priesthood through the Oratory of St Philip in Brisbane. He is very grateful for all benefactors who have made this possible and he has asked that you keep him in your prayers during his formation and studies.
Br Conor Power
A Brisbane native, Br Conor was born in 1983. He grew up in Spring Hill having Villa Maria as his local parish and attended St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace.
After graduating from Secondary School Br Conor travelled extensively throughout the USA and Europe. He was in the inaugural graduating class of Campion College Australia, with the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts. He later worked with the University of Notre Dame in the School of Philosophy & Theology and then with an industry association.
Throughout 2013 he discerned a possible vocation and in 2014 entered as a novice with the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans). Towards the end of that year he concluded he was not called to the Dominican way of life. After much time in prayer, he learnt of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation as was immediately attracted to their charism and way of life.
Br Conor is most appreciative for all the prayers and generous financial support which will allow him to travel to Toronto to begin his formation and studies. He was clothed in the Oratorian habit on September 6th 2015 and began his first probation or novitiate year on that day.
Br Matthew Buckley
Br Matthew Buckley was born and raised in the city of Brisbane.
In 2010 he completed a Bachelor of civil engineering. He worked for several years in the fields of hydrology and flood modelling and floodplain management. During this time he was involved with the Cardinal Newman Society at the University of Queensland as well as helping to form the Queensland Chesterton Society. While studying and working as an engineer Matthew maintained a strong interest in the fields of philosophy and theology.
Through these activities and a strong family life of faith he was able to discern and make the call to pursue a vocation in the charism of St Philip Neri.
Br Matthew asks that you pray for him especially through the intercession of the patrons of the Oratory as his sets out on his novitiate. He was clothed in the Oratorian habit on September 6th 2015 and began his first probation or novitiate year on that day.