Archbishop Longley of Birmingham visited the Oxford Oratory last Sunday to celebrate Mass. Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia was also present on the sanctuary. After Mass Archbishop Longley invited the Metropolitan to join him in the blessing of the new building which provides additional accommodation for the community, new Parish Rooms and a library. In his sermon, the Archbishop made reference to the new Oratorian Parish in York:
Our Mass today affords me the first public opportunity to thank the Oratory Fathers for their generous response to the invitation to establish a new house in York, under the patronage of St Wilfrid. We shall pray for the founding members of this community as they serve their new parishioners and the pilgrims who visit the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow.
The full text of the sermon and more photographs are available here. (Photos: Elizabeth Nyikos)