A new Oratory for Bournemouth will be launched this month, the Diocese of Portsmouth has announced. It will be the sixth community of Oratorians in Britain.

The community was first announced last year but its establishment was delayed after Fr David Hutton, one of the founders, became ill. Fr Hutton died of cancer in March.

The new Oratory “in formation” will begin on May 31. Its community will consist of Canon Peter Edwards, Fr Dominic Jacob and one student brother, and it will be based at Sacred Heart Church, off Richmond Hill in the city centre.

The Oratory will be devoted to offering sacramental support through daily Mass and Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration and formation in the spiritual life, alongside the pastoral care of students, the homeless and others in need.

The website of the church notes that it is “surrounded by university accommodation, many language school students, diverse ethnic communities and homelessness, beside long-standing residents, the hospitality industry, business and commerce.”

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said: “The diocese has areas of real deprivation. There are immigrants and foreign nationals from eastern Europe and overseas, as well as university and college students away from home. This is a pastoral situation that is urgent.”

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