The aim of the Oratory is the adoration of God in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the imitation of his most holy life. Its fellowship and discipline are intended to encourage and direct its members in achieving this aim.
– Taken from the Introduction to the Notes
The Oratory of the Good Shepherd is an international Anglican Religious Community. A brother of the Oratory undertakes to follow the example of Jesus the Good Shepherd and to live a life of prayer, discipline and mutual love.
Members of the Oratory are bound together by a common Rule and discipline, strengthened by prayer and fellowship. None of our brethren currently live together in community, although there is provision for this in the Manual, but we meet regularly in Chapter and Retreat and report to one another monthly by email. The spirit of Oratory life is expressed in the Seven Notes, which call the brethren to fellowship, stewardship of gifts and possessions, love, labour of the mind and to a life of joy and thanksgiving.
Brothers of the Oratory live lives of consecrated celibacy, and the Rule requires a regular account of spending and direction of life. The Rule also commits the brethren to a particular rule of prayer, which includes praying for one another by name each day; daily Eucharist, where possible; Morning and Evening Prayer and an hour of prayer.
In addition, “Labour of the Mind” is a characteristic of the Oratory and brothers are expected to spend time in study – although this takes a variety of forms for different brethren.
The Oratory encourages its members in their individual ministries and has among its members – bishops, parish priests, lecturers, missionaries, and a variety of others. There is a brief history of the Oratory on this website, here.