After a year of prayer, discernment and living together in community, we approached His Excellency, The Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton and our founding Bishop, for permission to begin formation to establish an Oratory in our home diocese, the Diocese of Trenton.
Bishop O’Connell was overjoyed and very supportive of the idea from the very beginning and we are incredibly humbled by his generosity and trust in us. We received verbal permission from our Bishop in September of 2015 during that year's priest convocation. This was followed by written permission in December of 2015. After receiving our Bishop’s permission in September of 2015, we and Bishop O'Connell contacted the Procurator General of the Oratory for his permission and guidance. A written account of our project was then submitted to the Procurator General with our request for establishing an Oratory. Fr. Mario Aviles, C.O. was very gracious in supporting this new foundation and he has been a great support to us.
In March of 2016, Fr. Mario, Bishop O'Connell, Fr. Jason Parzynski (Bishop's Secretary) and Fr. Al, our Moderator, met to discuss the new foundation and to seek agreements between the new community and the diocese in order to give stability and clarity for the present and future of the Oratory. The result of this visit was the promulgation of a Canonical Decree from His Excellency, letters of Agreement between Bishop and the Community in Formation and a letter of acceptance of the project from the Procurator General. At this meeting the date was also set for the members to receive our habits from our Bishop. This took place on Corpus Christi, May 26, 2016, during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at our parish of St. Anthony of Padua.