Oratory of the Good Shepherd
The Oratory of the Good Shepherd is a society of priests and laymen founded at Cambridge (UK), which now has provinces in North America, Australia, Southern Africa and Great Britain.
Oratorians are bound together by a common Rule and discipline; members do not generally live together in community. The brethren are grouped in 'colleges' and meet regularly for prayer and support, and each province meets annually for retreat and chapter. Every three years, the General Chapter meets, presided over by the Superior of the whole Oratory, whose responsibility is to maintain the unity of the provinces. Consecration of life in the Oratory has the twin purpose of fostering the individual brother's personal search for God in union with his brethren, and as a sign of the Kingdom. So through the apostolic work of the brethren, the Oratory seeks to make a contribution to the life and witness of the whole Church.
In common with traditional communities, the Oratory requires celibacy. Brothers are accountable to their brethren for their spending and are expected to live simply and with generosity. The ideal spiritual pattern includes daily Eucharist, Offices, and an hour of prayer. Study is also regarded as important in the life. During the time of probation which lasts one or two years, the new brother is cared for and nurtured in the Oratory life by another brother of his College. The brother may then, with the consent of the province, make his first profession, which is renewed annually for at least five years, though with the hope of intention and perseverance for life. After five years, profession can be made for a longer period, and after ten years a brother may, with the consent of the whole Oratory, make his profession for life.
Name: Trevor Bulled OGS
(Provincial, assumed office 1996)
Address: Holy Trinity Rectory, PO Box 1220, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD, 4006, Australia
Name: Carlson Gerdau OGS
((Provincial assumed office 1996)
Address: Apt 19 A/N, 60 Sutton Place South, New York, NY, 10022, USA
Tel: +1 212 421 6942
Name: Thami Shangi OGS
(Provincial, assumed office 1999)
Address: PO Box 54890, Umlazi, 4031, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)31 908 1066
Name: Peter Ford OGS
(Provincial, assumed office April 2005)
Address: The Vicarage, Church Road, Wharton, Preston, PR4 1BD, England
Tel: +44 (0)1772 632 227