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Friday 29 November 2019

The Father was pleased to represent the Community at a Musical Oratory at the newly-founded York Oratory in celebration of the canonisation of our Cardinal. Please pray for the new Oratory and for our own! #yorkoratory #oxfordoratory #oratory

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Tuesday 26 November 2019

The Fathers were delighted this evening to clothe Br Aloysius van Giersbergen in the habit of St Philip. Please pray for vocations to the Oratory! #oxfordoratory #oratory

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Wednesday 20 November 2019

The fifth English Oratory

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

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Tuesday 19 November 2019

A pleasure to welcome Bishop Michael Campbell OSA for extraordinary form confirmations. Pray for all the young people confirmed tonight, and those who will be confirmed on Saturday morning. #oxfordoratory

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Saturday 16 November 2019

Our Sacred Heart Chapel Unveiled! After two years of planning, preparation and three months of construction, our new Sacred Heart altar has been installed, along with a new floor and the redecoration of the chapel.
Designed by Robert Kerr RIBA of @adamarchitecture , the altar is built of limestone and coloured marbles from Italy, crafted by S. McConnell & Son of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland. The design of the altar is in the restrained Roman Baroque style associated with the Roman churches of the counter-reformation. The facade of the Roman Oratory Church, the Chiesa Nuova, was a particular inspiration.
The chapel has been repainted in a highly breathable natural paint and in a subtle colour to allow the altar and statue of the Sacred Heart to stand out. The decorators painstakingly uncovered the natural sandstone surrounds and tracery on the windows and the piscina.
It is our hope in years to come to add a scheme of stencilled decoration with symbols of the Sacred Heart, patterns and borders.
The main contractors were @symmthebuilder

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