We are very pleased to have the support of several distinguished patrons. They are:

  • The Right Honourable The Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Honorary President of the Reaffirmation & Renewal Campaign
  • His Eminence, George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
  • His Most Eminent Highness Fra' Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta
  • Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Kent
  • The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
  • The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
  • His Excellency The Right Honourable The Lord Camoys
  • Very Rev. Fr Richard Finn, OP, Regent of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford
  • Dom Felix Stevens, OSB, Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford
  • Rev. Brendan Callaghan, SJ, Master of Campion Hall, Oxford

Their Support

“I am delighted to give my support to the Oxford Oratory Reaffirmation & Renewal Campaign as its Honorary President. The Oratory has a well-earned reputation as a spiritual and cultural centre alongside its Catholic counterparts in the university. This inspirational vision will enable it to take its rightful place as a centre for prayer and peace at the heart of the city. I urge you to give generously to this very worthy cause.”

—Lord Patten

“I have very many happy memories of the Catholic student community at Oxford from my own time there, and I am only too happy to endorse the appeal as a way of acknowledging the splendid tradition of the Oratorians at Oxford and the many blessings they have brought to Catholic life at the University. I am particularly pleased to see that the spirit of Blessed John Henry Newman continues to be preserved and transmitted at England's greatest university.”

—George Cardinal Pell

“I am delighted to be a Patron of the Renewal and Reaffirmation Campaign. The realisation of Blessed John Henry Newman's vision for an Oratory in Oxford has brought immense blessings not only to the City and the University but to Catholic England as a whole. If these blessings are to continue, the Fathers must have the space to welcome the novices of the future and the means to develop and enhance their distinctive Oratorian missions. I urge you all to support the Campaign.”

—Fra' Matthew Festing

“Since their arrival in Oxford, which was an unrealised dream of Cardinal Newman, the Oratorian Fathers have done an enormous amount in their parish and beyond. Now they wish to consolidate the musical tradition for which they are well-known, restore their church and, because of increasing numbers, enlarge the Oratory House. Thus, they have initiated this appeal. I wish the Campaign every success and encourage those who read these words to be generous in this excellent cause.”

—Katharine, Duchess of Kent

“I ask you to support the Reaffirmation & Renewal Campaign generously. The Oratory in Oxford and the memory of Cardinal Newman are great riches in the life of the Church here. The aims of the Campaign are precise and worthy. Please do support it.”

—Archbishop Vincent Nichols

“It is good to see the growing number of those attending St Aloysius' Church and I am encouraged to hear of the increasing numbers of vocations to the Oratory. I am very happy to support the Oxford Oratory's plans for expansion and development in the year of Cardinal Newman's Beatification, and I commend them to your generosity.”

—Archbishop Bernard Longley