The Fathers and Brothers of the York Oratory-in-Formation are delighted to congratulate our brothers in Manchester on today's announcement from Rome. (Website in Italian. Fr Richard's translation follows.)
The Procurator of the Oratorian Confederation is delighted to announce that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has established the Oratory-in-Formation in Manchester as an independent Oratory by a decree dated 1 November, 2019, the Solemnity of All Saints.
The Manchester Oratory is the fourth independent community in the United Kingdom and began life at the Church of the Holy Name in Manchester in 1992.
Successive procurators have guided the community from its beginnings, helping it and supporting it in the spirit of St Philip Neri, so as to achieve the canonical approval of the Holy See. Particular mention must be made of our dear brother in St Philip, Fr Jerome Bertram of the Oxford Oratory who died only a few weeks ago. For many years he was the Procurator's Delegate for the community in formation in Manchester.
The apostolate of the new Congregation is the Church of St Chad (7th Century Apostle of Mercia) and chaplaincy work in a hospital, a prison and a school.
The brethren of the Manchester Oratory at its foundation are Fr Raymond Matus (moderator), Fr Christopher Hilton, Fr Richard Bailey, Br Gerard Connett and Br Fabian Trevithick.
Readers may be interested in this link to information about Oratories elsewhere in the world.
Fr Jerome Bertram
Born 10th May 1950
Ordained priest 14th July 1979
Clothed in the habit of St Philip on 29th October 1991
Fr Jerome died on 19th October 2019 in his seventieth year of which twenty-eight were spent in the Congregation.
Tuesday 5 November at 11am at the Oxford Oratory
A prayer to St John Henry Newman of the Oratory
Remember us in heaven, Saint John Henry.
Obtain for us the gifts you sought for your friends here below: the grace to follow the kindly light of faith; belief that is firm and true; a heart to speak to the heart of God; and a voice to give praise to the Holiest.
Obtain for us the courage to follow your teaching and example: in loyalty to Christ and the Church; in love for the Immaculate Mother of God and in compassion for the perplexed.
Obtain for us support all the day long of this troubled life till the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done. So that the Lord in His mercy may grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last; and that we may pass, with you, from shadows and images into the fullness of truth and love. We make this prayer through the same Christ, our Lord.
The banner is ready for the great day....
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This new book by a Father of the Oratory gives brief biographies of all the Martyrs of York from the 1530s to the 1670s. It can be found in the St Wilfrid's Repository or ordered on line by clicking here.
Have you ever wondered about the heads surrounding the altar at St Wilfrid's? They are all figures from Genesis. This autumn there will be a series of Bible studies dealing with each head in turn. The sessions will be on Tuesdays after the 12.10pm Mass or Wednesdays at 7.30pm, in the Upper Room. Fr Daniel will give a short talk and explanation of each figure, followed by questions and discussion. The first Tuesday session will be on 10 September. (Please bring a sandwich). The first Wednesday session is on 11 September at 7.30pm. The first subject will be “Adam – Paradise Lost”.