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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.


Newsletter July 2017

In this month’s newsletter, Fr Adrian shares with us in the Moderator’s Message some of the things that have been happening since the last newsletter. In the Reflection, Br Matthew explains how Brisbane Oratory seminarians will be priests here in Brisbane and shares with us some of the things the brothers have been up to while back. We also have some upcoming events that you may be interested in..

July Newsletter


Upcoming Events

7:00 pm St Philip’s Mass and Supper
St Philip’s Mass and Supper
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
St Philip's Mass and Supper
We hope you can join us in celebrating the feast of the founder of the Oratory and our principal patron St Philip Neri! This year the Feast of St Philip will mark three years of[...]
7:00 pm Brothers Institution to Acolyte @ Mary Immaculate Church
Brothers Institution to Acolyte @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Before a man can be ordained to Holy Orders he must first receive and have exercised the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte. Institution into these ministries marks an important progression in his discernment of the[...]
6:30 pm Oratory 3rd Anniversary Dinner a... @ Riverside Receptions
Oratory 3rd Anniversary Dinner a... @ Riverside Receptions
Jul 28 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
You are invited to join us for our annual fundraising and social event, as we celebrate the third anniversary since the establishment of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.  Saturday 28th July 2018, 6:30pm for 7:30pm[...]