Stories and Testimonies from Companions

Here you will find information about some of the companions of the European Province and what the Oratory means in their life and ministry. 

Ben Otley
30443566_10155762836545432_5681547189151596544_nWho are you?

My name is Ben Otley, I live in a village on the outskirts of Sheffield but can often be found traveling around! I work as a lead supervisor for Blacks (an outdoor specialist shop). On top of work, I am actively involved with my local Church and hold a license as a Lay Reader. I also help a local charity that supports families with children that have additional needs.

How long have you been a companion of OGS?
I have been an associate of the OGS for a while but have been a companion since January 2018. I was admitted by Fr Hebbert in the beautiful church of All Saints Lubenham.

What does being a companion of the Oratory mean to you?
Being a companion makes me feel united with a wide community, not just in one location – as can be the case when being connected with a residential order. The spread of the Oratory worldwide very much reflects a verse of the beautiful hymn The day thou gavest the verse goes:
 ‘As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.’