Australia's first Oratory on the road to permanency

The Brisbane Oratory community now stands at eight members (The Catholic Leader/Maria Rose Anna Photography)

Australia's first Oratory community is finalising its petition to the Holy See to be a canonically established congregation in the Brisbane Archdiocese. Source: The Catholic Leader.

The Brisbane Oratory in Formation Project, made up of members Fr Adrian Sharp, Fr Andrew Wise, Fr Scot Armstrong, and seminarians Br Shawn Murphy, Br Tyson King, Br Matthew Buckley, Br Conor Power and Br John Henry Nguyen, who joined as a novice in May, will sign a petition to become a formally established community.

If approved by the Holy See, the Brisbane Oratory will be the first permanent congregation of its kind in Australia.

The Brisbane Oratory was required to spend at least two years in formation before it could petition to the Pope a request to found a congregation in Australia.

The community is now in its fourth year having officially formed on May 26, 2015, with support from Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

The Cincinnati Oratory in Ohio was the last congregation to be canonically established two years ago after being in formation for eight years.

Fr Sharp, who is moderator of the Brisbane Oratory, said the community hoped to be established “somewhere between three and eight years” in formation.

He said the Holy See required documentation proving the community had “the means to survive in terms of members, vocations and finances”.

The Brisbane Oratory does not receive financial assistance from the Archdiocese of Brisbane and instead survives off donations from its supporters.

A recent fundraising dinner, held on July 28, raised nore than $29,000.

The community requires a further $153,000 to cover running costs for the next 12 months.

Most of the funds would cover the cost for the five seminarians’ studies in Toronto, Rome and Oxford but the community requires at least $50,000 to run the Oratory house in Annerley.


Oratory community one step closer to permanency in Brisbane (The Catholic Leader

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