The Oratory began as a group of lay people coming together each day to pray in the room of St Philip Neri.
Five hundred years ago in Rome St Philip gathered around him people who were preoccupied with the cares, not only of life and work, but of what it means to be faithful to the Church and become a closer disciple and friend of Christ. Familiar conversation on the Word of God, prayer, song, and friendship with one another was St Philip’s way of helping them grow in love of the Lord, and this is what we do together in all our groups: an ancient formula for ordinary Catholics today.
Oratory Young Adults
Oratory Young Adults is our series of meetings for young Catholics who frequent the Oratory. Our series of events for young adults aged 18–35 takes place on a Friday night once a month.
We meet to discuss a question that is important to us as young Catholics, share some catechesis and a piece of scripture before spending a short time in prayer together in church. Many of us continue our time at the pub across the road.
Whether you are a strong and devout Catholic, consider yourself to be trying hard to be faithful, or usually find that “Church Groups” are not for you there is a place for you at each of our events for young adults at the Oratory. Come and see!
Oratory for Men &
Oratory for Women
We have regular Oratory sessions for men and women of all ages once a month. There is no formal membership, so newcomers are always welcome. Meetings take place on a Saturday afternoon from 4–5pm in church. One of the Fathers leads an exploration of a spiritual theme, based on scripture, the writings of the saints or some other spiritual book. The session ends with a brief period of prayer together. For the dates of this year’s meetings, click here.