SAINT
PHILIP
NERI
         May 26                                                                                                        Patron of:
                                                                                                                                Rome

PHILIP was born in Florence in 1515. His family was poor. Philip went to Rome to act as teacher for two boys. He began to visit the hospitals of the city, taking a great interest in the sick and in poor people, and it was not long before he had formed a society for work.
After he was ordained a priest, Philip stayed with this society. He helped the boys of Rome when they were in trouble. He found places for them to play. He would help a poor man, nurse a sick man, look for money for a poor person, or console a sinner in the confessional.
Philip encouraged frequent confession and Communion. He was not strict with people, but he expected them to do their best. Young and old people came to hear his words of wisdom
In order to spread his work, he founded the Congregation of the Oratory, a group of priests dedicated to preaching and teaching.
For sixty-two years Philip gave wise advice and a was a holy example to all people in Rome and filled their hearts with love of God. In the year 1595 he passed away quietly.
Prayer
O God, You never cease raising Your faithful servants to the glory of holiness. Grant that we may be inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit which so wonderfully burned in the heart of St. Philip.

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