We Rely on You
We rely on the generosity of our congregation and supporters for the upkeep and good repair of our unique church including its architecture, decoration and music. The funding initiatives, with related figures and statistics, described in this website refer only to the Oratory church and parish.
We welcome general donations for the Oratory church, which will be allocated at the discretion of the Provost and Trustees of the London Oratory Charity. We also very much welcome donations which you specify are to support a particular area or project. See our Fundraising Campaigns.
Our Financial Status
The Brompton Oratory, more correctly called ‘the London Oratory’, more accurately entitled ‘the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, London’ is financially dependent on what it receives in donations from parishioners, visitors and friends. In some countries, Italy for example, the State pays for the maintenance and repair of Catholic churches. This is not the case in the UK. The Fathers of the London Oratory own the Oratory church and the land it is built on, and we are entirely responsible for every aspect of its upkeep, maintenance and repair, internally and externally.
Contrary to what is often wrongly assumed, we do not receive any financial support either from the Vatican nor from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster of which the Oratory parish is a part, and at whose request the Oratory parish is run by the Fathers of the Oratory. Together with all other parishes in Westminster Diocese we also make an annual financial contribution, according to our means, to the running of the diocese and its various public charities. We also contribute annually to Peter’s Pence and other public funds administered by the Holy See in Rome.