Last year’s Vallicella Dinner was a marvellous success raising over $30,000 for the cost of this year’s education and formation of our two seminarians, Br Shawn Murphy and Br Francis King. It was also a heartening gathering of our friends and benefactors, who not only learned more about the Oratory but also enjoyed each other’s company over fine dining.
This year we are faced with the same pleasant task of raising money for Br Shawn and Br Francis as well as the intake of new seminarians. Currently we have four young men at various stages of discernment of the call to the Oratorian way of life and service of the Church and the Archdiocese as future priests of the Brisbane Oratory. Now, more than ever, we rely upon the providence of God and the generosity of our sponsors and benefactors.
We invite all our benefactors, friends and supporters to join us at the Vallicella Dinner 2015. Table bookings are now open and can be lodged using the attached booking form. If you can’t get eight people together, do not be dismayed. We will ensure you sit with friendly people and enjoy the evening.
One exciting aspect of this year’s Dinner will be the presence of Br Shawn and Br Francis, on holiday leave from Toronto. They will not only be able to share more about their formation experiences but also give our sponsors, benefactors and friends the opportunity to meet the recipients of our fund-raising efforts.
May I conclude by sincerely thanking you again for your interest in supporting the Oratory. Every dollar of the ticket price and every dollar raised on the night goes directly towards the formation of our seminarians.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr Paul Chandler