SANCTIFYING the laity opened the doors for the original Oratory in Rome, instituted by St Philip Neri in the 16th century.
The newest oratory may find itself in a different culture in the 21st century, but the goal has not changed.
Reading the life of St Philip, the way in which the relationship between himself and the young laymen of his community mirrors the relationships that Fr Paul Chandler and Fr Adrian Sharp have with the young adults – especially the young men – of Frassati Australia is encouraging.
Fr Chandler has said it was likely Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and St Philip Neri were “working together in heaven to build up Frassati for the sake of supporting the priests of the Brisbane Oratory, and to set up the foundation that has already created the oratory’s parish community”.
Thanks to Frassati Australia, the young adults are already at Annerley-Ekibin parish, being sanctified by the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.
In turn, the oratory will support Frassati Australia in spiritual leadership, primarily through frequent opportunities to receive the sacraments, as well as plentiful options for spiritual direction with two new priests preparing to make the Brisbane Oratory their permanent home next year.
The link between Frassati Australia and the oratory under the guidance of Fr Paul means that Frassati’s current events, Verso l’Alto and the newly formed high school youth group, Frassati Youth, are permanently under strong spiritual leadership who will oversee the ministry for years to come.
Having a priest oversee Frassati Youth builds an authentic Catholic culture among the youth, as well as allowing youth leaders to present catechetical talks.
Most importantly, it gives the youth and their families the weekly opportunity to pray the Holy Rosary together before the Blessed Sacrament.
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