Friday, July 19, 2013
Oratorians takeover in York
Ah good, it has been made public at last, rumours have been buzzing around for sometime, now it has been made public, the Oxford Oratorians are taking over St Wilfrid's in York which is directly opposite York Minster.
Another rumour is that the large numbers who attended the LMS Pilgrimage was a strong influence in Bishop Drainey's decision. In 2011 700 pilgrims had to celebrate Mass in the Minster, when St Wilfrid's was unavailable, the following year, and I thin this the Bishop himself took part and attended in choro.
Therefore this is success not only for the Oratorians but also for the hard work of the LMS and others who show the strength of a more traditional approach to the faith in the North. When they evangelise amazing things happen, when they look inwards they can become somewhat, err...
A poignant comment on the end of this post
Interesting Ampleforth is withdrawing from so many parishes and the rather trad Oratorians are expanding, I pray they will be as successful in York as they were when they took over from the Jesuits in Oxford.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake