When St. Philip founded the Congregation of the Oratory, he incorporated various aspects of different religious orders. A native of Florence, he was extremely influenced by the Dominicans and their mission of preaching. Having lived with an uncle near the Benedictine Monastery Monte Cassino, we see his love of permanence of location (stability) and contemplation. And being a contemporary of St. Ignatius and living in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation, we see his zeal for liturgy, evangelization, beauty, and teaching. The Community has every intention of implementing these influences in what will be the Cincinnati Oratory by establishing our own Pious House and Chapel.
In order to aid in the idea of stability and contemplation, having a Pious House is extraordinarily important. Owning the piece of property that one lives in not only brings peace of mind, but is also an essential aspect in the foundation of an Oratory. This guarantees that the Community will not be transient or forced to move around. It brings stability. It is important for the Oratorian to feel at home in his home, his Pious House. Saint Philip called his room his nido, his nest. It is the place where Oratorians are able to strengthen their faith and knowledge of God, and then, being renewed, go out into the world. Each room in our Pious House will be equipped with a bedroom, a private bathroom, and a study. This configuration will aid the future Oratorian in his relationship with his brother Oratorians, and most importantly, in his relationship with God. The Pious House is the place where the Community can grow together as a family, drawing close to God and receiving the strength and support needed to go out and evangelize the world. The Pious House project has come to a conclusion in August 2016. However, at the center of the Pious House will be the Community’s Oratory Chapel, where the Community will gather for prayer and one day offer to the Community a 24/7 Confessional. This project is on going.
The work to complete the Community Chapel and 24/7 Confessional continues into Phase III. We have already been granted permits, we just wait to complete the funding. Over this next year (2017/18) we need to raise $250,000 total to fund the general fund and complete chapel. Follow ‘Community News‘ or our Facebook Page for more picture and progress. Please pray for us…
Donate to Phase III… Phase I & Phase II is COMPLETE! Thank You! Thank you for your generosity!
Pictures of the Pious House (updated December 8, 2016)
Chapel Photos (updated October 6, 2017)
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