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Construction underway…

Demolition and construction finally began at 118 E. 12th Street this week, the site of the future Cincinnati Oratory.  Crews began demoing the building on Tuesday, with full construction set to begin in early November.  A lot of work has happened in this past week and here are a few pictures of what the place looks like now.  We are still in need of raising another $350,000 to complete the whole pious house.  Right now we have enough to complete two floors, but by the grace of God, we are already out of space with the acceptance of a new postulant last month and need to keep working on additional floors.  This is a good problem to have for the Community and the entire Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  Please be generous and please tell others about us who may be interested in the work we are doing in Over-the-Rhine.  More pictures and information to follow in the coming weeks as progress continues, and more information about our new postulant (who comes to us from the State of Kansas, we are attracting vocations to the Archdiocese…) will be forthcoming…  God Bless you all.

Christ is Risen! Indeed He has Risen!

Resurrection by Raffaelino del Garbo, 1510The Community-in-Formation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in Cincinnati wishes everyone a very Happy Easter.  May the Risen Lord take up His abode in your hearts and bless you abundantly.

Pope Francis and Pope Benedict together…

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Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificabo Ecclesiam meam. – Matthaeus 16:18

On the Installation of Pope Francis

Pope Francis

On the 19th of March 2013, The Community-in-Formation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Cincinnati will celebrate with great reverence, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and share the great joy of Holy Mother Church at the installation of Pope Francis during the papal inauguration ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square.

With our prayers and sacrifices for Pope Francis, that began with his first appearance on the balcony of the Hall of Blessings in Saint Peter’s Basilica, comes our unconditional obedience and admiration for his holiness, simplicity, humility, and his great fraternal affection for the people and his mindfulness of the poor.

St. Philip and St. Felix

St. Philip meeting St. Felix in Rome…

We, the Community-in-Formation entrust ourselves to the prayers and Petrine Ministry of Pope Francis, in order that in our simple priestly ministry to teach, to sanctify and to shepherd the flock entrusted to us – faithfully and fruitfully – we may contribute with joy and reverence, to the Holy Father Francis, the work of building-up the Church of Jesus Christ, the Crucified Son of God.

As he receives his pallium, the sign of being the Shepherd of the most Holy Roman Church and his ring, the sign of being fisher of the people, the community commits ourselves wholeheartedly and unequivocally to his person and to the Magisterium, so that with him and with the faithful we confess one truth – Jesus Christ Crucified, Redeemer of Mankind.

Let us continue to pray and to offer sacrifices for Pope Francis for the fruition of his hope for all of us, that is, that the Holy Spirit, through the prayer of Our Lady, Our Mother, might grant us the grace to walk in Christ, to build the Church of Christ and to profess, with our lives, Jesus Christ crucified.

Pope Francis’ First Acts…

The Holy Father today, in one of his first official acts, visited the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major.  He prayed, as promised yesterday, to Our Lady, under the title of the Salvation of the People of Rome.  He also stopped to pray at the tomb of the Dominican St. Pius V, the Pope who codified the already centuries old Tridentine Missal.  Let us continue to pray for the Holy Father, as he prepares to do the task that God is asking of him.