An Ordination and A New Direction!

It is with great joy and many thanks to our Father above that we announce the ordination of our very own Br. Brenden to the Order of Deacon.

20170730_103015The Ordination took place a week ago at the Kholo Gardens Church at the hands of Archbishop David Leet of our sister Church the Reformed Old Catholic Church.

With the announcement of this most glorious event comes a partner announcement of a change for what was the Oratory of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.  The Oratory has not ceased to exist but has taken its place as the worship space for a broader organisation named the House of St. Agnes of Montepulciano.

During his ministry discernment and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Rev. Br. Brenden has come to the realisation that he is being called to renew the contemplative tradition within the Dominican Family as expressed in the Order of Preachers, Independent.

20170730_111208The House of St Agnes is a re-interpretation of the mission of the contemplative sisters founded by Saint Dominic. As such the House will focus on prayer before the Lord as the means to enable the preaching and teaching mission of the Order. This does not mean that Br. Brenden will become silent or enclosed, but rather that he will endeavour to embody the spirit and ethos of Dominican contemplation in all that he does and re-introduce the concept of the Dominican Contemplative to the contemporary, independent expressions of the Dominican Family.

So watch this space as the life of the House of Saint Agnes of Montepulciano develops and as this new and exciting ministry finds its place within the life of the broader Church and Order of Preachers, Independent.

Upcoming Ordination!

The Oratory of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is overjoyed to announce the ordination of Br Brenden to the order of Deacon within the Church of God. Find the invitation to this joyous event below:

Ordination Invitation

Boldly Preach the Gospel! The Feast of Sts Philip and James

Listen to “E4 Boldly Preach the Gospel: The Feast of Sts Philip and James” on Spreaker.

A note that the written message here is slightly different to that presented in the audio 🙂 
TWDU LogoHi and welcome to The Word Down Under; I’m Brother Brenden coming to you from the Oratory of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary a ministry of the Unified Old Catholic Church in Australia.

Today we take a break from the weekdays simply marked as occurring in the Easter Season and we get to spend some time celebrating the Feast of two of Christ’s Apostles; St Phillip and St James. For those of you who listened to Saturday’s inaugural episode of Saturday with the Saints will be aware of the some of the information regarding these two Apostles of the Lord. Continue reading “Boldly Preach the Gospel! The Feast of Sts Philip and James”

Wednesday in the Second Week of Easter

Listen to “Wednesday in the Second Week of Easter” on Spreaker.

TWDU LogoHi and welcome to The Word Down Under; I’m Brother Brenden coming to you from the Oratory of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary a ministry of the Unified Old Catholic Church in Australia.

I want to start by apologising for the lateness of this week’s message. For those of you who follow the Oratory, the Church or I on Facebook will know I’ve been unwell lately and have only just started to get back into the swing of things. I also want to send a big thank you to all of those who have been praying for my health, I’m confident that God has heard those prayers and I’m on the mend.

The reading from the Gospel for today is a short one by comparison with those we’ve seen lately but despite its length its message is a strong one. If you want to follow along the reading is found in the Gospel of John, Chapter 3 beginning at verse 21: Continue reading “Wednesday in the Second Week of Easter”

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

Listen to “E2: Wednesday in the Octave of Easter” on Spreaker.

TWDU LogoHello and welcome to what’s the first instalment of The Word Down Under on Unified Old Catholic Church Radio! I’m Brother Brenden coming to you from the Oratory of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary a ministry of the Unified Old Catholic Church in Australia.

I’m sure that the last week has been a busy one for many of us; in fact it’s often considered the busiest in the Church calendar. I know that many of my friends were not only busy with Church but had a week full of family and fun. I really hope that each and every one of you listening today had a really blessed Holy Week. Personally I was very lucky as I got to spend the start of Holy Week on Holidays relaxing away from home. I returned on Good Friday and was lucky enough to spend time with my family and loved ones.

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Where’s your focus this Easter?

TWDU LogoHi, I’m Brother Brenden and I want to thank you for joining me for the first of what will be a weekly Word from Down Under brought to you by the Oratory of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary a ministry of the Unified Old Catholic Church.

In the life of the Church today’s referred to as the Wednesday in Holy Week. For Christians this week is the holiest of the year as it contains the most significant events in our history, the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These events are significant not only for Christians, but for all of humanity, as through them the way is open for all of us to be restored to a full relationship with God, to have our wrongs forgiven and one day receive our reward if we accept and follow Christ.

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Be Prepared for a Life of Miracles!

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be always acceptable to you O Lord, our God and our Redeemer.
Today is a most blessed day for those of us who find ourselves with the Catholic branch of the Christian family; on this day Churches of both the East and the West celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. Today, all of the Catholic work can forget the divisions amongst us and come together to celebrate the visit of the Archangel to the Blessed Virgin Mary and her humble submission to God’s will.

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Br. Brenden Appointed Sub-deacon

subdeacon-certificateBy means of a late announcement our own Br. Brenden has been appointed to the office of Sub-Deacon in the Church of God on the 13th of February (14th of Feb Australian Time).

Br. Brenden is progressing towards ordination to the Priesthood and this appointment is an important step in that process. Br. Brenden is now officially in the clerical state and will lead the Oratory in this role until such a time as a Priest is appointed.

Ordination of Br Mark to the Diaconate

Alex Dickson-Patrick, Br. Mark Dickson-Patrick and Bishop Michael Beckett post Ordination

We are pleased to announce that our dear Dominican Brother, Mark Dickson-Patrick has been Ordained to the order of Deacon by Bishop Michael at the Chapel of St Dominic’s by the Sea in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

For those who feel so disposed here the live recording of this wonderful event is available at:


7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Due to some technical difficulties involving me leaving my laptop at work Yesterday’s sermon is only being posted now (I apologise for missing the audio this week).

19/2/17 – Matthew 5: 38-48

Br. Brenden Humberdross, OPI

Open our ears, O Lord, to hear your word and know your voice. Speak to our hearts and strengthen our wills that we may serve you now and always. Amen.

Anyone perusing the stories of the Old Testament for the first time will quickly come to realise that the history of Israel is full of stories of violence, revenge and bitter rivalries. In numerous places Israel is allowed to take revenge for the wrongs done to them and in today’s Gospel reading Jesus highlights this fact twice by saying:

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