May 26th is the liturgical memorial of St Philip Neri. A pivotal figure in the Church. As one person wrote so eloquently, “Those qualities which distinguish the Oratorian charism—domesticity, localism, intellectual rigor, humility, collegiality, aesthetics, urbanity, prudence, and love of the world—can only be integrated and understood in the light of the sanctuary lamp.”

While the number of Oratories are relatively few in the USA, there is a good reason to think this vocation is most desirable and consistent with the Gospel imperative.

I am advocating the foundation of an Oratory of St. Philip Neri in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Here’s a post on the Oratorian vocation.

A fine article on the Neri Oratorian Option is here.