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The Oratory Of St. Philip Neri

Toronto Ontario Canada


One of Saint Philip’s maxims was that Oratorians should love to be unknown -- amare nesciri.  Another was that he wanted all his sons to become saints but not saints of the altar, which is to say, to be officially beatified or canonized.  Nevertheless, the sanctity of some could not be hidden from the Universal Church.  And the learning or talents of others (who may also be in heaven) have made them widely known.

   Now that these sons of Saint Philip are immune from temptations to pride, it is not out of place to make them widely known. Click on the links below for information about the two canonized and four beatified Oratorians, as well as three other eminent disciples of Philip.

St. Philp Neri (1515-1595) Founder of the Oratory
St. Aloysius Scrosoppi (1804-1884) Oratorian at Udine
Blessed Juvenal Ancina (1545-1604) Oratorian in Rome and Naples
Blessed Anthony Grassi (1592-1671) Oratorian at Fermo
Blessed Sebastian Valfre (1629-1710) Oratorian at Turin
Blessed Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) Oratorian in Goa
Venerable Cesare Baronius (1538-1607) Oratorian in Rome
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) Founder of the Birmingham Oratory
Father Wilfrid Faber (1814-1863) Founder, under Newman, of the London Oratory

There are other Oratorians besides the ones listed above whose virtues have received some formal recognition from the Church, either as Servants of God or Venerables.  The Official Web Site of the Confederation of the Oratory has an extensive list along with some biographies, but most of the information is in Italian.

Special sung Masses are celebrated at the Toronto Oratory for each of the Oratorian Saints and Blesseds. Click here for details.

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