Our Story

On 11th February 2016 The Archbishop of Cardiff, Most Rev George Stack gave his permission for the establishment of an Oratory of St Philip Neri at the University Chaplaincy, Cardiff. This community in formation was established by decree on 22nd March 2016 of Fr. Mario Aviles, Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratories, Rome. Fr. Ignatius Harrison was appointed Delegate to the community in Cardiff. Fr. Sebastian Jones was appointed Moderator of the community in formation. Fr. Sebastian and Bro Ambrose Jackson were clothed on the Feast of St Catherine of Sienna 2016.


Our Approach

Newman Hall provides a great opportunity for you as you’re surrounded by staff and students who have yet come to know the joy of relationship with Christ and communion with His Church. It’s not the job of Catholics to be a closed group or a “holy huddle”. Our mission is in the place where we study, and the places where we work. Our task together when we are in the House is one of prayer and hospitality.

The Oratorian Community

 Living at Newman Hall alongside 16 students, across the car park from the Sisters of Nazareth and the residents of Nazareth House, is ideal for the work of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri whose primary mission was with the young and the sick. For more information see our website: http://cardifforatory.co.uk/


Fr Sebastian Jones

Chaplain and Superior

Co-ordinating Chaplain at Cardiff University and Nazareth House, founder of the Cardiff Oratory in Formation


Brother Ambrose Jackson

Assistant to the Chaplain

Alumnus of Cardiff University where he studied mechanical engineer, now studying for the priesthood at Oscott seminary and joining the community on the weekends and during the holidays


Fr Alexander Gee

Warden of Newman and Ward Hall

Clothed on the Feast of the exhaltation of the Holy Cross 2016, Father Alex works incredibly hard to ensure the smooth operation of both halls of residence

Next Steps...

With subsidised, catered, en-suite rooms ranging from £108- £138 per week, we are the best value halls of residence in Cardiff. If you would like to apply please write why you would like to live at Newman Hall and email to brambrose@cardifforatory.co.uk along with two references in order to be considered for a place at Newman or Ward Hall. Apply early to avoid disappointment as applications will be considered on their merit on a first come first serve basis.