Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Oratorii
Priestly Fraternity of the Oratory of John Henry Newman
The Priestly Fraternity of the Oratory (Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Oratorii) is being named after blessed John Henry Newman, because he is our patron and spiritual father. As a priestly community we live the theological heritage and the proper spirituality of the English Oratory, established by Newman, and we follow the commandment: „Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation“ (Hebrews 13:7).
The Fraternity of the Oratory was founded according to the canon law by Bishop F. Haas. The spirit of the society is essentially apostolic; it was designed by its founder to operate much like a missionary order, spreading the faith far and wide. This apostolate is today especially necessary considering the spread of atheism, agnosticism, and religious indifference.
The Priests in the Fraternity are considered a Society of Apostolic Life, without vows, whose purpose is to train, support, and encourage holy priests so that they may effectively spread the Christian faith throughout the world. They serve the Church and local parishes by living the charism imparted to them by Saint Philip Neri and John Henry Newman and are engaged in a multitude of ministries, from parish work to teaching, to youth ministry, Bible and theological study, serving as chaplains to various organizations, pastoral care in prisons, hospitals and other institutions, missionary work and much more. The Fraternity, to this end, seeks to draw souls closer to Christ!
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" (Heart speaks unto heart) to testify to his belief that evangelization is most effective through direct contact with the lived experience of people.
Our goal and vision remains what Saint Philip Neri's and John Henry Newman's vision was: the Oratory as a place of prayer, a people of prayer: open, loyal, orthodox, bible-centered, serving, seeking God's grace, and sharing God's Joy! Following the joyous example of Saint Philip Neri anf John Henry Newman, we proclaim that the foundation of our different house communities is Jesus, the stone once rejected by the builders. Through Jesus, we become a spiritual home, peacemakers, a royal priesthood, living stones.
Santa Maria in Vallicella, also called Chiesa Nuova, is the principal church of the Oratorians, founded by St. Philip Neri. See a slide show of this wonderful place where St. Philip worked.