Follow usTwitterFacebook


05 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (4)

Was Ham's sin just seeing his father's nakedness?

Full Question What was Ham's sin against his father, Noah, which caused Noah to curse Ham and his offspring? Noah didn't punish Ham simply because Ham saw …

Read more

23 Apr 2016 United Kingdom No comments

A third of Catholic churches across north Wales are to close

The Bishop of Wrexham, announcing the closure of 22 churches by 2020, says some changes will begin 'within weeks' The Bishop of Wrexham has said that the clo…

Read more

15 Apr 2016 Articles Comments (1)

Why Non-Catholics Should Care About What the Pope Says

Non-Catholics may be wondering why Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “The Joy of Love”) has Catholics in an uproar. Has the pope chan…

Read more

13 Nov 2015 Europe News No comments

President Castro's cross donated to Lampedusa by Pope Francis

The Cross given to Pope Francis during ring his visit to Cuba this year by Cuban President Raul Castro, have now become an instrument of expressing God's mercy …

Read more

05 Feb 2016 Americas News Vatican Comments (1)

Pope Francis, a renowned football fan meets former football legend Ronaldinho

Former Brazilian football Legend Ronaldo de Assis Moreira commonly known as Ronaldinho met with Pope Francis earlier this week, precisely on Wednesday. Ronal…

Read more

02 Jan 2015 Q&A Comments (3)

If we dug up a lost book by one of the apostles, could it be added to the canon of…

Full Question If we dug up a lost book by one of the apostles, could it be added to the canon of the Bible or would that be impossible? Answer It…

Read more

17 Feb 2016 Americas News No comments

Pope Francis' latest message to all families

"I prefer a family with tired faces from generous giving, to faces with makeup that know nothing of tenderness and compassion," says Pope. Scroll down to rea…

Read more

08 Jul 2015 Articles No comments

G.K. Chesterton: Rhetoric, Genius, & Holiness

He may even have waved his hand in a dismissive gesture, my friend, when he explained his dislike of G. K. Chesterton. "It's all rhetoric," he said, and his vo…

Read more

21 Sep 2015 Americas News No comments

Pope, greeted with joy in Cuba, walks a fine line

Pope Francis arrived here Saturday to a rapturous reception from ordinary Cubans and, drawing on the famous words of one of his predecessors, called on island n…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

England’s sixth Oratory to be set up in Bournemouth


The number of Oratorian communities has doubled in England in just three years

A new community of the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri is to be established in Bournemouth.

The community, which will be inaugurated at the Sacred Heart church in September, will be the sixth Oratory to be set up in England.

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, who invited the Oratorians to Bournemouth, said they would form part of a “major evangelisation drive”.

The centre will be an “Oratory in formation” and will be made up of Fr Dominic Jacob, co-founder of the Oxford Oratory, Fr Peter Edwards and Fr David Hutton.

The first Oratory was established by Blessed John Henry Newman in Birmingham in 1848. The London Oratory followed a year later. In the early 1990s an Oratory was established in Oxford. In 2013 two Oratories “in formation” were set up, one at St Chad’s in Manchester and the other in St Wilfrid’s, York.

Bishop Egan said priorities for the centre in Bournemouth would include serving the needy – a food bank is already in place in the parish – and offering sacramental support, with the church open throughout the day for Eucharistic adoration, Mass, Confessions and other prayers and liturgies.

Bishop Egan said: “The diocese has areas of real deprivation and poverty. There are immigrants and foreign nationals from Eastern Europe and overseas, as well as university and college students living far away from home. This is a pastoral situation that is urgent. It impels action.”

He said: “We need to engage with those who have not yet met the Lord Jesus in Person nor taken to heart the salvation and eternal life He offers. More than ever we need today to be confident and clear in witnessing to the Person of Jesus Christ and the truths of the Catholic faith, in order to help people find the Way to authentic humanism and happiness. This is why I am delighted by this new project beginning at Sacred Heart parish.”

In an article for this week’s issue of the Catholic Herald Bishop Egan said: “The hope is that the new Oratory will enhance greatly the Church’s mission in Bournemouth, making it a centre of excellence for liturgy, formation and pastoral care.”


Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories