Oratorian Saints

St. Philip Neri (1515-1595)

St. Philip Neri
See: +Alphonso Capecelatro. Life of St. Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome

St. Philip was born in the tumultuous period of the sixteenth century, in Florence, Italy. His age was one of religious corruption and confusion, as well as reform and renewal.

Philip went to Rome as a young man and became a scholar and a teacher. His example of prayer and devotion, as well as his light heart and joyful demeanor drew the attention of many of the youth of Rome.

As a priest, he devoted himself to the work of the confessional and the inspiration of the young. He is known as a worker of miracles and a counselor of popes and peasants alike. Most of all, he is known for his gifts in leading souls to God with inspired joy.

Today there are eighty-six canonically established communities in twenty countries with more than five hundred members who follow the example of St. Philip’s company, known simply as the Oratory.


St. Francis DeSales (1567-1622)

St. Francis DeSales
See: The Life of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Prince of Geneva (vol. 1) by +Pier Giacinto Gallizia

Francis de Sales, was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation.

He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God.


St. Luigi Scrosoppi (1804-1884)

St. Luigi ScrosoppiFor more information, please see this article.

Luigi Scrosoppi was born August 4, 1804 in Udine, Italy, and was ordained in 1827. Luigi later joined the Oratory at the age of 42. He is known as the founder of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Cajetan of Thiene.
Fr. Luigi was canonized in 2001.

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