Br Adam represented the York Oratory in Formation at the 500th anniversary celebrations of St Philip's Birth. Our founder was born in Florence on 21st July 1515.
Br Adam and Br Henry were the Masters of Ceremony for the consecration of the sisters' chapel at Thicket Priory on Thursday. Bishop Terence Patrick celebrated the Mass and many clergy from the diocese were there together with Carmelite Nuns from Wood Hall Carmel the foundation made by York Carmel near Wetherby in 1969. We celebrate Mass at Thicket most weeks and Tessa (the Oratory dog) likes to get a country walk at the same time - except when Fr Richard throws her ball over the sisters' fence and she can't get it back....
Finally our new church noticeboard is up - thanks to Brian the Brush, the famous Bradford sign writer. It is a nice coincidence that St Wilfrid's coat of arms is so similar to St Philip's.
Work is continuing on the top floor of the house putting in two bathrooms and decorating in readiness for the new members of the community coming to York this summer.
Class 3/4B have been busy all year learning how to the play the ukulele and will perform a concert in school on Wednesday July 15th from 2pm. All funds will go to the Nepal earthquake appeal.
We are pleased to announce that Fr Stephen Brown, a priest of the Leeds Diocese, has asked to try his vocation as an Oratorian here at St Wilfrid's. Fr Stephen has visited often in the last eighteen months and will have become known to many parishioners.
Fr Stephen was born in Wallsend in 1964 and grew up in Tyneside, Yorkshire and Kent. He was received into the Catholic Church at St Robert’s in Harrogate in 1984. After studying law at Manchester University he qualified as a solicitor. Fr Stephen trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome and was ordained as a priest of the Leeds Diocese on 22nd July, 1994. He has served as a curate in Leeds and Keighley and as a Parish Priest in Leeds and Bradford as well as being Chancellor of the Diocese. Most recently, from 2008, he has been the Chaplain to the University of Bradford. We are most grateful to the Bishop of Leeds, Rt Rev. Marcus Stock, for releasing such a gifted priest to come to us.
Fr Stephen will be in York quite often over the summer, but he will also be helping his successor in Bradford find his feet and spending some time in Oxford as well as having a holiday. He should be here full time from September or October. Please keep Fr Stephen in your prayers.
We have had a busy and beautiful month of June at St Wilfrid's and St Joseph's, starting with First Holy Communions, continuing with a Confirmation Mass with Bishop Terence and ending with a beautiful diamond jubilee Mass for Canon Pat Harney. The following photographs taken by Lars Karlsson speak more loudly than words....
2015-2016 marks the fifth centenary of the birth of St Philip, the founder of the Oratory. Pope Francis has written a letter to all the Oratories of the world and their parishioners, friends and associates. You will need to scroll down the page to find the English translation.
We will be celebrating this event in York later this year. There is a reliquary bust of St Philip visiting all the Oratorian houses in the world. Fr Richard has been entrusted with organising the English section of this visit, to our houses in Birmingham, London and Oxford, the houses in formation in Manchester and York and our schools in Reading and London. This will take place in the autumn. The relics will come from the Spanish Oratories and go on from here to Canada and the USA.