Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Six new San Diego Brothers admitted in London

New Brothers of the Little Oratory

20 January, 2008, London.

Fr. Ronald Creighton-Jobe of the London Oratory, assisted by James Cross, admits six San Diegans, John Velasco, Christopher Velasco (partially obscured), Richard Dawes, George Pecoraro, Wayne Lam and Robert Keim (partially obscured), as Brothers of the Little Oratory of St. Philip Neri, during Brother's Exercizes in the Little Oratory chapel at Brompton Oratory, London. The receptions followed Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, sung in the main church, at which John Polhamus and David Latorre (already admitted in 2001 & 2005 respectively) sat in choir on the sanctuary. The new admissions bring the number of brothers in the San Diego Chapter to twelve, counting Ashley Paver who is in Cincinnatti.

New Oratorian Brothers for San Diego

This post is being written on the first day of a new era in the religious history of San Diego. There is a new congregation in town, and this blog will be an introduction to the men of whom it is composed, and the background of their institution, the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, the Saint of a Joyful Heart, and the second Apostle of Rome. The Oratorian institute which now exists in San Diego is composed of Secular Brothers (which state is like being a tertiary, but without vows). We do not yet have priests of the Congregation here in San Diego, but it is our hope that someday we may be in a position to invite them to make a foundation. Still, every one of the San Diego Brothers has made the effort to go to London and become affiliated to our Mother House, the Brompton Oratory. Such journeys are no small underaking, and such effort prompted by devotion merits our full recognition.

The first Brother for San Diego was admitted to the London chapter in 2001, and was followed by four more over the next seven years. But on Sunday 20 October 2008, no fewer than six San Diegans were admitted to the London Brothers, in a ceremony during the Exercizes of the Oratory, following Sunday Vespers in which two San Diegans (already admitted) sat in choir. This brings the community now in San Diego up to a full eleven, counting one Brother who recently moved his family to Kansas, but who is still part of our community. Further, counting, one indespensible brother who is in law school in Cincinnatti but who is often to be seen in San Diego, we are a full dozen, which we would like to take to be a propitious sign.

Our mother-house, the London Oratory, was founded by Fr. William Frederick Faber, an early desciple of Cardinal Newman, and the writer of many famous Catholic hymns, the most famous being "Faith of our Fathers." St. Philip's Oratory is both a place and a set of spiritual exercizes or practices, which will be detailed in this blog as time goes on. For now, consider this a very brief introduction to a new community, effectively a Secular Oratory of St. Philip Neri, composed of San Diegans, who are Brothers of the London House, living in San Diego, and worshipping God as a community. It has been a seven year formational process to realize this community, and it is a deep pleasure to recognize it as such. Deo Gratias.

Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego are:

John Polhamus admitted 2001
Ronald Clemente 2005
Thomas Gray 2006
David Latorre 2006
Roberto Lionello 2007
John Velasco 2008
Christopher Velasco 2008
Richard Dawes 2008
George Pecoraro 2008
Wayne Lam 2008
Robert Keim 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Liturgical Stool

This nice stool is called ODDVAR and it is made by IKEA. We use this stool when we chant the Office in choir in a church that does not have adequate seats for us. Too bad that IKEA does not sell it online, but it can be bought at some local stores.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sounds from a Wedding

Saturday we sang for a wedding in Coronado. Here are two samples of how we sounded (please consider that it is a live recording):

If you would like Chorus Breviarii to sing for your wedding, please contact us.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Group Shot

This was taken after Vespers of All Saints (10/30/2007) at Our Lady of the Rosary in downtown. It appears in the Winter 2007 OLR Newsletter. The hebdomadary was Fr. Joseph M. Tabague, C.R.S.P.