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The Oratory Of St. Philip Neri

Toronto Ontario Canada


Since 1989, the Oratory has offered a summer school for lay people. There are two week-long sessions.  The first week is an introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  The topic for the second week varies each year.  The first session is a prerequisite for enrolment in the second session.

     There are three classes each day, taught by one of the Fathers or Brothers of the Oratory. A special Mass is celebrated.  And lunch is served.  The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.  The Oratory can accommodate a limited number of people in the seminary residence.  The fee for the course is $175 per session which includes lunch. The surcharge for rooms in the seminary residence is $75 per week.

Please note that the courses are aimed at adults and older teens.
The topic for the Second Session in the summer of 2018 will be:
The Church in the Apostolic Age
Dates for Session 1 in 2018: July 2-6
Dates for Session 2 in 2018: July 9-13
Online Registration:
Once the dates and topic are announced, you may apply by Contacting Us Via E-mail to  [select “The Oratory Summer School” from the drop down menu].  In your e-mail, please be sure to give us your name, address, and telephone number and the session for which you are applying (remembering that the first session, taken either this year in previous years, is a prerequisite to the second).  Also please indicate whether you are interested in staying in the seminary residence. Once you hear back from us that we do have a space for you, you can send us a cheque made payable to “The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri”.  More information on this year's session is available here.  
Registering by Surface Mail:
Download the online registration form.   Fill it in, and send it along with your cheque payable to “The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri”. (The address of the Oratory is on the form.)
The topics covered in the second session in past years are:
  • 1991: Prayer and Spirituality
  • 1992: Lumen Gentium
  • 1993: Scripture and its Interpretation
  • 1994: Introduction to the Catechism (same as first week)
  • 1995: The Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders
  • 1996: The Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Response
  • 1997: The Church in the Nineteenth Century
  • 1998: The First Four Ecumenical Councils
  • 1999: The 13th Century
  • 2000: Catholic Controversies
  • 2001: John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • 2002: No summer school because of World Youth Day
  • 2003: The Doctors of the Church
  • 2004: The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri
  • 2005: The Papacy
  • 2006: The Church in the first half of the Twentieth Century
  • 2007: The Eucharist -- Sacramentum Caritatis
  • 2008: Saint Paul the Apostle
  • 2009: Popes, Saints, and Councils of the Early Renaissance
  • 2010: John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • 2011: The Church in the Catacombs
  • 2012: From Enlightenment to Revolution -- The Church in the 18th Century
  • 2013:  Essential Catholic Reading
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