The Oratory believes that heaven is other people. In the spirit of prayer alone, and prayer in community, we come to share and encourage each other in our sacramental lives. As Oratory, we meet all peoples, all experiences and in return our understanding of God is widened and deepened.
Many people belong to groups who do all these things. Many of us have belonged to many groups and then after a time, became restless. The groups were in a sense, a temporary tent. The Oratory is not a tent. It is not a temporary dwelling. It is a vocation; it is a permanent home.
Some of the Voices of the Oratory:
“Remember this: the Oratory is the work of the Holy Spirit founded by Blessed Mary and inspired and enlivened by the example of St. Philip. Here is a triumvirate that has never failed; in confidence be assured that they shall not fail us.” Fr. Peter Cebulka, CO, Provost.
“The Oratory, for me, is a haven for prayer and a joyful meeting place for the community of people whose essence and task it is to pray in the spirit of St. Philip Neri, our founder and patron.” Betty Putera, SO
“We believe that we have been called to the Oratory as a means of understanding a vocation to the spiritual life.” Jane Betz, SO
“…I do believe I was searching for a spirituality of a simplistic and pure nature, when so much of our world, and perhaps even our church, is full of hype. This I felt I found in the Oratory and its members.” Geraldine Gillett, SO