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The Oratory Of St. Philip Neri

Toronto Ontario Canada


St. Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome

The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri is a congregation of Roman Catholic priests and lay-brothers who live together in community bound together by no formal vows but only with the bond of charity.  This way of life originated from St Philip Neri’s efforts to make the word of God and the life of virtue accessible and attractive to the laity and, in fact, to all people of Rome in the sixteenth century.

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John Henry Newman brought the Oratory into the English-speaking world when he founded the Birmingham Oratory in 1848.  He found Saint Philip singularly appealing, especially his ability to speak to the hearts of so many diverse people.  When Newman was created Cardinal in 1879, he adopted the motto ‘Cor ad cor loquitur’ – ‘The heart speaks to the heart’ – to testify to his belief that evangelization is most effective through direct contact with the lived experience of Christianity.  We, the members of the Oratory in Toronto, hope that this web site will provide information about our various apostolates to help you to get involved in our parishes and other activities.  We also hope that the information that is posted here might be helpful to men who might be interested in joining our community. If you like what you see and would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.



There are approximately seventy Oratories throughout the world.  Each Community is autonomous, but there is a Confederation which facilitates contact with the Holy See.

The Procura Generalis maintains the official web site of the Confederation, which has much information on the Oratory, but so far it is mainly in Italian.

There is also a centralized multilingual web site maintained by Oratorians in Mexico.

Both of these web sites contain links to the various Oratories throughout the world.