MESSAGE FROM FATHER PAUL CHANDLER
September 19th 2016
In June of this year, I was granted extended leave of 3 months by the Archbishop and the Oratory Community. That time is drawing to a close. The last three months have been ones of priestly ministry at the Cathedral in Armidale as well as a most welcome recovery of my health and well-being. It has also been a time of spiritual discernment.
I wish to announce that after due prayer and reflection I will not be returning to the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. For the immediate future I will remain in Armidale until there is more clarity about my next appointment.
I express my humble gratitude to Almighty God for having brought me to be part of this significant project of founding the first Oratory of St Philip in Australia. I have received many personal and vocational graces over the recent years.
I am also immensely grateful to the Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory for their companionship and support. It is my hope and prayer that the future of the Brisbane Oratory will be blessed in many ways, as has its first beginnings.
I wish also to record my deep gratitude to the Archbishop for his understanding and gracious support at this time and over the recent trying months.
I could not conclude without acknowledging the unpayable debt I owe to the many generous and kind parishioners and supporters of the Oratory. You have showed me untold kindnesses and given me immense encouragement. Thank you.
I move into the future, not with full clarity, but a great deal of spiritual peace.
Let us continue to pray for each other.
Fr Paul W Chandler