The fellowship specifically exists to support future and ordained Sacred Ministers in the sanctification of their lives in service to the Lord, their on-going formation in the Sacred Ministry and encouragement of new vocations.
Any member of the Church Catholic whether Anglican/ Old/ Orthodox/ Roman Catholic may support the Companions and the Oratorians by their prayers which are most welcome, but others may want to become more involved. The following outlines the ways in which people may become Companions and support and share in our work.
Membership of the Companions
- Open to any member of Christ's Faithful desirous to support the charism and apostolate of the Oratory of St John Vianney.
- Companions promise to pray for the Oratorians and to pray daily for vocations to the Sacred Ministry, for those discerning a vocation, those in formation for the Sacred Ministry and those already serving within the Sacred Ministry.
- Companions undertake to follow a simple Rule of Life expressing the ethos and spirituality of the Oratory and are welcome to attend events and participate in activities arranged by the Oratory such as spiritual conferences, retreats and acts of worship.
- Companions are encouraged to support their own Sacred Ministers, parish priests and bishops as far as they are able within their own denomination in the living of their vocation and ministry.
- Companions will, when and wherever possible, be grouped into Chapters with other Companions and Oratorians, that regularly convene to pray and share fellowship.
- Priest Companions are asked particularly to remember the Oratorians often at the Altar and particularly to offer Mass for the Oratory's intentions on the Feast Days of St John Vianney (August 4th) and St Phillip Neri (May 26th).
Oratorians of St John Vianney (OSJV)
For more information about the Oratorians of St John Vianney and the possibility of exploring a vocation with them, please contact the Provost of the Oratory.
Though religious in nature and character the Oratorians do not take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, though the spirit of the evangelical counsels is expressed in the living and ethos of the Oratorian vocation.