“The priest is not a priest for himself,
he does not give himself absolution,
he does not administer the Sacraments to himself.
He is not for himself, he is for you.”
St John Vianney
The clergy of the Brighton Oratory serve the faithful of the South East of England at various Mass centres across the region.
The Clergy of this Oratory exist to serve all those who call on their help. The Pastoral Services page describes the various ways in which faithful Western Orthodox Catholics desirous to receive for themselves and others God’s Grace in the Sacraments of the Church, may avail themselves of those holy mysteries which bring comfort, relief and sustenance to the soul.
Due to the large area covered by this Oratory, not all members are able to attend the daily offering of the holy sacrifice of the Mass. However, the Mass is broadcast over the internet but also, for sufficient numbers a priest may attend a gathering of members in a particular location to offer Mass and/or to celebrate other Sacraments.
It is the hope of our Pastoral Council to establish smaller Oratories where the faithful may gather regularly to attend Mass and receive the Sacraments, if you with others would like to establish such a fellowship please contact us.
Father Jerome OSJV
Brighton, East Sussex
Fr Alban OSB
Worthing, West Sussex
Unlike some churches and yet in common with many Orthodox clergy around the world, some of our priests are “bi-vocational”, meaning that they combine secular employment with their priestly ministry, financially supporting themselves, their families and their congregations. “Tent-maker” ministry is sometimes used to describe this bi-vocational calling after the Apostle Paul who often turned to his family’s trade to support himself.