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The Community-in-Formation is happy to announce that the Archbishop of Cincinnati has appointed Fr. Jon-Paul Bevak as the Parochial Administrator of Old St. Mary’s Parish, effective June 17th. This will be in addition to being the Chaplain of LaSalle High School. Up to this point, the parish was administered by Fr. Martin Moran as the Pastor of both Old St. Mary’s and Immaculata/Holy Cross Parishes. He will be returning back to his home Diocese of Harrisburg, PA after five years of service in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The Community thanks him for his assistance over these past five years and wishes him well in his new assignment back home. Fr. Lawrence’s role in the parish will not be changing and he will continue in his fearless spiritual work that Old St. Mary’s has grown accustomed to and appreciate. He also remains as the Superior of the Community.

A little catechesis, a Parochial Administrator is similar to a Pastor, with the exception of some rights and privileges that are attached to the Office of Pastor. This is great news and another step in the process of establishing what will be the Cincinnati Oratory one day…

There will be a special Mass on June 24th, the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, to celebrate this occasion. The Mass will begin at 7 PM, and will incorporate English, German, and Latin. Please join us for Mass and the reception to be held following.

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Pope Francis and Pope Benedict together…


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.