Identity and Change

On December 15, 2017, Fr Philip Cleevely made the following chapter address to the community. Although in one sense, writes Fr Faber, the Church remains always the same, because her divine life is continuous, in another sense she differs from her own past appearances very materially. And this must necessarily Read more…

Influence and Belonging

On November 17, 2017, Fr Derek Cross made the following chapter address to the community. My dear Fathers and Brothers: We have been reading, once again, in refectory Sheridan Gilley’s Newman and His Age. Although I once read the book myself and also have heard it read aloud previously, this Read more…

The Carthusian Dimension

On February 6, 2015, Fr Jonathan Robinson, the Provost, made the following chapter address to the community. My dear Fathers and Brothers: There is a story of someone who left the London Oratory because, he is reported to have said, it was Carthusianism with night prayers thrown in; and that Read more…

On Two Kinds of Oratorian

On November 24, 2014, Fr Jonathan Robinson, the Provost, made the following chapter address to the community. My dear Fathers and Brothers: In the Excellences there is a passage contrasting two sort of Oratorians. One is the more stay at home sort, who is occupied with prayer and study, and Read more…

On Obedience

On March 21, 2014, Fr Jonathan Robinson, the Provost, made the following chapter address to the community. My dear Fathers and Brothers: I have been talking about the role obedience plays in Oratorian life, and today I want to finish up with the topic for the time being. Writing these Read more…

Following the Rule

On February 21, 2014, Fr Jonathan Robinson, the Provost, made the following chapter address to the community. My dear fathers and brothers: Fr Newman said that to live is to change. While Fr Faber said that all change is for the worse, even when it is change for the better. Read more…