MAY 26 this year marks the first anniversary of the formal beginning of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.
On that day last year the decree of Archbishop Mark Coleridge came into effect placing the Oratory in Annerley-Ekibin parish for its beginning.
A further two years must be spent in this formation mode before a petition can be presented to the Holy Father requesting a Congregation of the Oratory be erected.
Four priests and four seminarians form the community now at this one-year mark.
On May 21 is the Vallicella Dinner, which raises funds to educate and prepare the Oratory’s seminarians for ordination.
All are invited to come along and enjoy a wonderful Catholic event, to socialise over fine dining, to meet the community and to discover more about the Oratory.
There are wonderful prizes on offer both in raffles and auctions.
All the money raised on the night goes towards the seminary education of the Oratory’s students, who upon ordination will be located in the archdiocese.
All four seminarians will be home from Toronto Oratory for the dinner.
Br Shawn Murphy will be returning to take up residence at Annerley with the community and continue his studies in theology, having gained his undergraduate degree in philosophy.
Br Tyson King will be home for the northern summer break and return to Toronto in September to complete his studies in philosophy.
Br Conor Power and Br Matthew Buckley will be home for two weeks before returning to Toronto.
The four brothers will be sharing their experiences at Toronto Oratory with those present at the dinner.
Until the Holy Father formally establishes the Brisbane Oratory, we must send our brothers to another established Oratory for the first three years of novitiate and philosophy.
We are grateful to our many friends and benefactors who have supported us in many ways, but most especially through prayer, over the past 12 months.