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Copyright © 2012

The Oratory Of St. Philip Neri

Toronto Ontario Canada

 

The Oratory grew out of Philip’s efforts to spread the Gospel, through talks  and music, to the people of Rome in the sixteenth century. Every day, in the afternoon, four talks were given, mainly on prayer and the life of virtue, but also on Church history.  In between the talks, music lifted the souls of the listeners to God. These afternoon sessions, called the Secular Oratory, were well-attended by people of all backgrounds:  cardinals and prelates, the idle nobility, tradesmen, shopkeepers, servants, soldiers, and many others. In 1575, when the Oratory first received papal recognition, there were about forty priests who dedicated themselves to this apostolate.
     Circumstances change. The pace of life today does not permit most people to spend every afternoon or evening listening to talks.  Nor can a smaller community of priests with other apostolates produce four serious talks every day.  Nevertheless, we hope that the Evenings at the Oratory are a legitimate adaptation of Saint Philip’s work for our times.


Presentation in Parish Hall, Refreshments, Sung Compline in Church

Usually on the Second Wednesday of every month
(except June, July and August) at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Family Church
(But exceptions do occur at times -- see dates in red below)


The following is a list of topics that either will be or have been covered.  If the topic is highlighted, you can click on it to download a file, in pdf format, advertising that particular evening. Print it out, pass it on to friends, put it on your fridge, post it on your staff bulletin board, etc.

 

 

Future Presentations

Date
Topic

Wednesday
October 17, 2012

Year of Faith

 

 


Past Presentations
Date
Topic

Wednesday
October 9, 2002

The Shroud of Turin

Wednesday
November 13, 2002

The “Persecution” of Galileo

Wednesday
December 11, 2002

The Infancy Narratives

Wednesday
January 8, 2003

Lord of the Rings: A Catholic Fantasy

Wednesday
February 12, 2003

The Crusades

Wednesday
March 12, 2003

Spiritual Combat Revisited (A New Book by Fr Robinson Published by Ignatius Press. Now available at our bookstall!)

Wednesday
April 9, 2003

Christian Books: Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Wednesday
May 14, 2003

Cardinal Newman - “Father” of Vatican II?

Wednesday
September 10, 2003

The Church - Midwife of Science

Wednesday
October 8, 2003

John Paul II - Theology of the Body

Wednesday
November 12, 2003

What Becomes of the Dead?

Wednesday
December 10, 2003

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Wednesday
January 14, 2004

To Hell With Culture:  Eric Gill on Work and Art

Wednesday
February 11, 2004

The Recovery of Fatherhood:  The Films of M. Night Shyamalan (Director of Sixth Sense and Signs)

Wednesday
March 10, 2004

The Spanish Inquisition

Wednesday
April 14, 2004

How Catholics Read the Bible

Wednesday
May 12, 2004

Turning towards the Lord:  Orientation in Liturgical Prayer

Wednesday
September 8, 2004

Hail, Queen of Heaven

Wednesday,
October 6, 2004

Holy Disciples of St Philip: Bl Juvenal and St Aloysius

Wednesday,
November 10, 2004

Evolution: More than a Hypothesis?

Wednesday
January 12, 2005

Parables of the Kingdom

Wednesday
February 16, 2005

Deconstructing the Da Vinci Code

Wednesday
March 9, 2005

Rage of Vision: The Catholic Fiction of Flannery O’Connor

Wednesday
April 13, 2005

The Message of Our Lady of Walsingham

Wednesday
May 18, 2005

St Philip: A Musical Oratory

Wednesday
September 14, 2005

WYD 2005 -- Report from Cologne

Wednesday
October 19, 2005

“Male and Female He Created Them”
The Complementarity of the Sexes

Wednesday
November 9, 2005

The Mass and Modernity:  Walking to Heaven Backward, a new book by Fr Robinson

Wednesday
December 14, 2005

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bang?

Wednesday
February 8, 2006

The Suffering Servant in Isaiah

Wednesday
March 8, 2006

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus
(No Salvation Outside of the Church)

Wednesday
April 19, 2006

The Message of St Catherine of Siena

Wednesday
May 17, 2006

Musical Oratory in Honour of Saint Philip Neri

Wednesday
September 13, 2006

Blessed Clemens August Cardinal von Galen:
Lion of Munster: German Bishop against the Nazis

Wednesday
October 18, 2006

Intelligent Design:  Science or Philosophy?

Wednesday
November 8, 2006

Judgment Day

Wednesday
December 13, 2006

The History of Heresy

Wednesday
January 10, 2006

Blessed Joseph Vaz of the Oratory
Apostle of Sri Lanka

Wednesday
February 14, 2007

Baronius:  Catholic Culture Hero

Wednesday
March 14, 2007

Jesus: The Final Week

Wednesday
April 11, 2007

Jesus: The Final Week -- Part 2

Wednesday
May 16, 2007

Musical Oratory in Honour of St Philip

Wednesday
September 12, 2007

The Holy Mass of St Philip Neri

Wednesday
October 17, 2007

The Conversion of Newman

Wednesday
November 14, 2007

From Glory unto Glory: St Philip’s Prayer

Wednesday
December 12, 2007

Painters at the Oratory: Caravaggio

Wednesday
February 13, 2008

Offer It Up

Wednesday
March 12, 2008

Christ and the Media

Wednesday
April 9, 2008

Lourdes: 150th Anniversary

Wednesday
May 21, 2008

Musical Oratory in Honour of St Philip Neri

Wednesday
September 10, 2008

The Jesuit Martyrs of North America

Wednesday
October 8, 2008

Conformed to the Image of His Son
St Paul’s Teaching on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Wednesday
November 12, 2008

The Baptism of Saint Philip

Wednesday
December 10, 2008

The Five Wise and the Five Foolish Virgins

Wednesday
February 18, 2009

A special guest lecture by Dr Alcuin Reid
Continuity or Rupture? The Second Vatican Council’s Reform of the Liturgy―Some Preliminary Questions

Wednesday
March 11, 2009

Praying the Psalms

Wednesday
April 22, 2009

The Young Paul -- A presentation on the early life of Saint Paul

Wednesday
May 20, 2009

Musical Oratory

Wednesday
September 9

Art and the Catacombs of Rome

Wednesday
October 7, 2009

The Black Death

Wednesday
November 11, 2009

Savonarola:  Reform Gone Wrong

Wednesday
December 9, 2009

2012 and All That: Catholic Eschatology

Wednesday
February 10, 2010

The Cure of Ars

Wednesday
March 10, 2010

Priesthood in the New Testament

Wednesday
April 14, 2010

Newman:  Saint for Our Times

Wednesday
May 19, 2010

Musical Oratory in Honour of St Philip Neri

Wednesdsay
October 6, 2010

In Vitro Fertilization:  Why IVF is Wrong

Wednesday
November 10, 2010

Edith Stein: Philosopher and Martyr

Wednesday
December 1, 2010

Living Wills and End-of-Life Issues

Wednesday
February 9, 2011

The Beauty of God

Wednesday
March 16, 2011

Early Icons of Christ and Mary

Wednesday
April 13, 2011

Confession:  Does it Work?

Wednesday
May 18, 2011

Musical Oratory in Honour of St Philip Neri

Wednesday
September 14, 2011

Memories of Madrid:  WYD Report

Wednesday
October 19, 2011

Philosophies of the Body

Wednesday
November 9, 2011

Traduttore, Traditore? The New English Missal

Wednesday
December 14, 2011

The Beginnings of Christian Architecture

Wednesday
February 8, 2012

William Kurelek: Catholic Artist

Wednesday
March 14, 2012

The Pope and the Lawmakers

Wednesday
April 17, 2012

Benedict Joseph Labre:
The Beggar Saint and the Face of Christ

Wednesday
May 16, 2012

Musical Oratory in Honour of St Philip Neri

 

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