Saint Philip Neri, Priest

Father, you continually raise up your faithful to the glory of holiness.  In your love kindle in us the fire of the Holy Spirit who so filled the heart of Philip Neri.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Chris, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Saint Philip Neri was born at Florence in 1515.  He went to Rome and began to work with young men among whom he fostered Christian life and formed an association for the poor and the sick.  Ordained to the priesthood in 1551, he founded the Oratory where spiritual reading, singing, and works of charity were practiced.  He excelled in his love of neighbor and in evangelical simplicity along with a joyous service to God.  Saint Philip died in 1595.

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