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The Oxford Adventure Begins

Br Shawn and Br Tyson landed in Oxford on the 28th of September, weary and jet lagged but soon hit the ground running and was brought up to speed in the Oxford Oratorian rule of life and studies at Blackfriars. Here in Oxford, they begin their theological studies in preparation for the priesthood at the Brisbane Oratory.


The brothers outside Blackfriars where they study.


Br Shawn getting into his essay at Blackfriars Library.


The Station of the Cross that inspired JRR Tolkien’s conception of the Orcs in Lord of the Rings inside Blackfriars Chapel which he would frequent.


One of the first things Br Shawn and Br Tyson participated in was the feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman. The founder of the Oratory in the English speaking world. There was a “triduum” involving daily prayers and devotions for three days leading up to the feast day. One highlight was a night pilgrimage from the Oxford Oratory to Littlemore where Bl John Henry Newman was received into “the one fold of the Redeemer.”


The pilgrimage into Littlemore. With the megaphone is Fr Daniel Seward, Provost of the Oxford Oratory.


Entering this room, Bl Dominic Barbara turned around to see Bl John Henry Newman begging him to receive him into the Church. And he did.


The brothers have been able to take in some of the sights of the beautiful city of Oxford, including Trinity college where Bl John Henry Newman studied as an undergraduate.


A statue of Bl John Henry Newman in Trinity College Gardens.


Br Shawn on the lawns of Trinity College.


Br Tyson pointing to the room in which Bl John Henry Newman lived while at the college.



They are also involved in the liturgical life of the Oratory. As this post is published, the 40 hours devotion for which St Philip had a great affinity is underway. It involves exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for 40 hours (derived from the 40 hours of Jesus’ body in the tomb). During this sacred time, parishioners can come and spend an hour or more with our Blessed Lord in the Holy Eucharist, adoring Him, and making reparation for the many offences against His Holy Name and the Church.  During this time there are many devotions and prayers such as Musical Oratory, Rosary, Benediction, and the Divine Office, such as Vespers, to name a few.


The Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga.


The brothers helping to set up for 40 hours… one of them anyway.


Well over 100 candles burning for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at the Oxford Oratory.


As the brothers continue their priestly formation and studies here in Newman’s city, please pray for them, that they be conformed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

“The most beautiful prayer we can make, is to say to God, As Thou knowest and willest, O Lord, so do with me.” St Philip Neri


Invitation to the Secular Oratory

At the Brisbane Oratory in Formation, something very important to our work is to provide guidance in prayer and formation for the lay faithful. This was very close to the heart of St Philip Neri, our founder, who created the Oratory in order to serve what was called the Secular Oratory. The Secular Oratory is made of the laity who attach themselves to the Oratory for spiritual exercises, and we are pleased to announce the beginning of the Men’s and Women’s Secular Oratory here in Brisbane!

Men’s and Women’s Oratory are regular sessions of prayer, formation and fellowship for laypeople. Beginning in October, the Fathers of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation will begin monthly evening sessions of Secular Oratory for adult men and women. The sessions will include a short sermon, time for meditation, prayer, and discussion – all centred on growth in the Christian life.

Secular Oratory begins at 7:30pm at Mary Immaculate church and goes for one hour. The dates for the next few months are:

  • 12th of October – Men’s Oratory
  • 7th of November – Women’s Oratory
  • 14th of December – Men’s Oratory
  • 6th of February – Women’s Oratory
We really encourage you to come along and be a part of something that will help you to grow in your spiritual life and the lay apostolate. So mark those calendars, and we look forward to seeing you there for the beginning of Men’s and Women’s Secular Oratory.

August 2017 Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter, Fr Adrian shares with us in the Moderator’s Message an exciting announcement on the establishment of the Secular Oratory for lay people. In the Reflection, Fr Wise shares with us his journey of 30 years as a priest. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest events happening at the Oratory. And have a look at some of the ways to be involved in the Oratory community through our lay associations.


August Newsletter

Statement on the beyondblue benefit concert

Statement on the beyondblue benefit concert

A fundraising concert for the organisation “beyondblue” is to be held in a nearby parish in the coming days. The advertising for the concert features Mr Warwick Adeney, our Director of Music, as one of the performers. As the concert has generated considerable conversation amongst our parishioners, we felt a statement was in order. read more…

Winter Ball Raffle Winners

The following is the list of winners in the Raffle that was drawn at the Oratory Winter Ball on Saturday, 22nd July, 2017.

$5,000 TRAVEL VOUCHER, S.S., Ticket 1811

$300 BONNIE BAKERS VOUCHER, J.B., Ticket 0944

$50 SNAG AND BROWN VOUCHER, D.G., Ticket 0226

$50 CAFE O MAI VOUCHER, M.M., Ticket 1371


$100 (2X$50) JUNCTION HOTEL VOUCHER, P.O., Ticket 0282

Congratulations to these lucky winners, and thank you to all who supported the Ball and the Raffle.


Upcoming Events

7:30 pm Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Inspired by St Philip Neri, Men’s and Women’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for adults based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading[...]
4:00 pm Sung Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Sung Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sung Vespers in the Extraordinary Form