Six years after Fr Richard and Fr Nicholas set off to begin the work of establishing an Oratory in York, the Holy Father has now issued a decree establishing the community of Fathers and Brothers living at St Wilfrid’s as a fully independent Oratory, as of 9 November, the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.
The York Oratory began on the initiative of the Bishop of Middlesbrough, Rt Rev. Terence Drainey, who invited the Oxford Oratory to make a foundation in his diocese shortly after the beatification of St John Henry Newman in 2010. Community life began at St Wilfrid’s Church in York on 28 October 2013, and the new community now has six members: Fr Richard Duffield, Fr Daniel Seward, Br Adam Fairbairn, Br Henry O’Connell, Fr Stephen Brown and Br David Chadwick. #oxfordoratory