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Oratory of Port Antonio

A Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri

“The exercises of the Oratory of St. Philip originate from the experiences and everyday life of St. Philip and of his disciples, and express a rich spirituality and way of life which brings back the spirituality of the early Christians. It is a lifestyle promoted by the Second Vatican Council, even for diocesan priests who are entrusted with the care of souls.” (From the Spiritual Path of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri)

The Congregation of the Oratory in Port Antonio, Jamaica is a Congregation of Pontifical Right and member of the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri.

The Congregation of Oratory of Saint Philip Neri is a congregation of Roman Catholic priests and lay-brothers who live together in a community bound together not by formal vows, but only by the bond of charity.  This way of life originated from St Philip Neri’s efforts to make the word of God and the life of virtue accessible and attractive to the laity and, in fact, to all people of Rome in the sixteenth century.

Oratorian Communities are never big; they are always family-like and certainly don’t have the prestige of the big Orders in the Church.  However, an author who wrote about the beauty of the Congregation of the Oratory wrote:

“You may say that this is but a small company of volunteers compared with the disciplined forces of the religious bodies which sustain the church with so much strength and splendor, and you are right. But, although it may be a small band, it is still a reinforcement, and sometimes a small reinforcement arriving at the critical moment of the battle is worth the whole strength of the army by enabling it to gain a complete victory. . . .”

Behold the model of the sons of St Philip who, in imitation of their Saviour, do what they do in the service of God spontaneously and of their own free will, and can say with Him, “Voluntarie sacrificabo tibi” , out of zeal for the glory of God, for the salvation of souls, and for their own greater perfection. …

The beauty of our Congregation lies in our subjects not being imprisoned or bound by the chains of rigorous laws, but by love, which is stronger than death itself. Its beauty is that its subjects always serve as volunteers, and serve at their own cost, like volunteer soldiers attached to an army, who if they behave with as much valor as the others in fighting the enemy, are held in higher esteem and acquire great fame. This, then, is the prerogative of our subjects, always to have the liberty of abandoning the Congregation, and yet not to abandon it through love and fidelity to our vocation. . . .

(Taken from The Excellencies of the Oratory)

About Us

The Congregation of Oratory of Saint Philip Neri is a congregation of Roman Catholic priests and lay-brothers who live together in a community bound together by no formal vows but only with the bond of charity.

Who are The Oratorians in Port Antonio?

The Congregation of the Oratory in Port Antonio, is a Congregation of Pontifical Right and member of the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. There is much dire poverty in the area and the Fathers with the help of Food for the Poor built two outreach centers where we could distribute food and clothing for the very poor. We take seriously the mandate to feed the poor, clothe the naked, & visit the sick in the footsteps of St. Philip Neri.

How You Can Help

St. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, helped the poor, took care of families and the sick. He helped however and whenever he could. Click here to learn how you can support our community and its work.

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The Oratory of Port Antonio