On Saturday, 16th January, the Cardiff Oratory in formation marked the Oratorian Feast day of St Joseph Vas, who was the ‘apostle of Ceylon’ (Sri Lanka).
St Alban’s Parish had further cause to celebrate as Eric Pratcher, who had completed his three-month postulancy, received the habit of St Philip Neri at the Rite of Clothing and was given the name Br Joseph Mary.
Br Joseph has already completed his philosophical and theological studies with distinctions. During his three-year noviciate the living and study of the Oratorian life; the writings of the desert Fathers and the study of Latin will occupy his time outside of his work as the sacristan.
The community has five clothed members, and a growing fraternity of lay men and women who join the Oratory for prayer and devotions.