Friday 5 October 2018

The Eleventh General Congress of the Confederation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri

From 27th September until 4th October the eleventh General Congress of the Oratorian Confederation was held in Rome. Our house was represented by Fr Daniel, Fr Richard and Br Adam.

The Delegates spent a great deal of time in prayer together:42716184_2119609401412170_3371122227222151168_n


Discussions and elections were held in the Aula of the Pontifical College Mater Ecclesiae:42761228_2120876111285499_3359786524332785664_n


The Fathers at dinner:


The delegates had the task of electing new officials of the Confederation. Fr Marco Guillen of the Toronto Oratory was elected as the Delegate of the Holy See (Visitor). Fr Michele Nicolis of the Verona Oratory was elected as Procurator General, and Fr Mauro De Gioia of the Genoa Oratory was re-elected as Postulator General. Here, from left to right, are Fathers Nicolis, Guillen and De Gioia:


Here are the members of the new Permanent Deputation:


Here are Br Adam, Fr Visitor, Fr Richard and Fr Daniel:


At the end of the Congresso there was a Solemn Mass, celebrated by Fr Visitor at the Chiesa Nuova, in the presence of three Oratorian bishops: Mons. Edoardo Cerrato, Mons. Mario Aviles and Mons. Robert Byrne.



Many old friendships in the Oratorian world were renewed and some new ones made. The Flammae Cordis Sisters are a new form of life within the Church: Members of the Secular Oratory in Rome, who have become consecrated women.

The Flammae Cordis are inspired by the burning heart of St. Philip to live in imitation of St Philip's Oratorian community life, made up of prayer, community life, work and oratory.   They work in the world - as doctors, teachers, civil engineers, etc - but wear a habit as a visible witness to the Gospel, seeking to be like little flames that flow from the Heart of the Bridegroom to reach others, through friendship and 'Heart speaking to heart".

Here is Fr Daniel with the Flammae Cordis at the Roman Oratory: