Brisbane Oratory News

Novena to St Philip Neri

We invite you to join us for our Novena to St Philip Neri starting on Monday 24 May in preparation for his feast day which we will celebrate on Wednesday 2 June. This year his feast day is transferred due to the Octave of Pentecost, but we are sure he won’t mind! St Philip had a strong devotion to the Holy Spirit who he visibly saw enter his heart while praying in the catacombs.

Prayer to St Philip Neri

Look down from heaven, Holy Father, from the loftiness of that mountain to the lowliness of this valley; from that harbour of quietness and tranquillity to this calamitous sea.  And now that the darkness of this world hinders no more those benignant eyes of thine from looking clearly into all things, look down and visit, O most diligent keeper, this vineyard which thy right hand planted with so much labour, anxiety and peril.  To thee then we fly; from thee we seek for aid; to thee we give our whole selves unreservedly.  Thee we adopt as our patron  and defender; undertake the cause of our salvation, protect thy clients.  To thee we appeal as our leader; rule thine army fighting against the assaults of the devil.  To thee, kindest of pilots, we give up the rudder of our lives; steer this little ship of thine, and, placed as thou art on high, keep us off all the rocks of evil desires, that with thee for our pilot and guide, we may safely come to the port of eternal bliss.  Amen.

We invite you to join us in celebrating his feast on Wednesday 2 June at 10:30am with Solemn High Mass at Mary Immaculate Church.

Flores Teresianes | Women’s Group

Flores Teresianes is a women’s group that meets regularly for talks and social events. The ladies were greatly inspired by a discussion on a feminine perspective of mental health. The talk was held in the Mary Immaculate school library.

Vallicella Dinner

We invite you to join us for the Brisbane Oratory in Formation Vallicella Dinner. An evening with good company, dinner, dessert, drinks, live music, and dancing. Proceeds go to the Brisbane Oratory in Formation for our current and future works.

Early-bird ticket prices for the Vallicella Dinner are available until the end of May at

Thank you to our event sponsor The Norman Hotel, and supporting sponsors: Trinity Wealth Services, Abe Hewitt Electrical, Advanced Developments Aus., Buy from the Bush Queensland, and Little Miracles Maternity Wear.

Quarterly Oratory Newsletter

An extract from our latest Quarterly Newsletter as Br Conor shares his experience of being a newly ordained deacon

On December 19 of last year, I was ordained a deacon and so these past few months have been filled with much learning and, most importantly, opportunities to serve.

It has been with great joy that I can now assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a deacon.  Since my ordination, I have noticed a growing appreciation for the deacon’s role and the closeness with which he serves at the altar. It is truly a great gift to assist the priest at Holy Mass and my love and reverence for the Holy Eucharist have only increased with this august honour from God, Our Father.

It hasn’t been without difficulties though. After many years of study and duties proper to a Brother of the Oratory, I had become relatively comfortable in my daily routine.  I have subsequently had to revise all of this to make time to prepare homilies and talks.  The effort necessary to prepare a homily completely threw me at first.  But I am confident, almost, that I have now found the balance between the preparation and writing of a homily and my other responsibilities.  It is a daunting task preaching a homily and one that I take most seriously.  This is the opportunity to bring the Word of God, Sacred Scripture and the living tradition of the Church together to unpack the mysteries of our holy faith.

Lastly, I have been made the chaplain for our young men’s group, which falls under the patronage of the great and youthful example of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.  It has been a great honour to be made chaplain and I pray that I will help guide our young men towards being true Christian gentleman and soldiers for Christ.

Good Friday

This year to capacity limits in indoor buildings, the Extraordinary Form Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday, took place at St Elizabeth’s Primary School with close to 500 people in attendance.