Living as we do at Newman Hall alongside 16 students, across the car park from the Sisters of Nazareth and the residents of Nazareth House, is ideal for the work of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri whose primary mission was with the young and the sick.
FROM THE CONSTITUTIONS
THE NATURE OF THE ORATORY
A: THE ORATORY AND PRAYER
1) "Oratory" is the name we use for a place destined for prayer. So the Oratory founded by St. Philip Neri took its name from a place of prayer
2) The Oratory is a fraternal union of the faithful who, following lines laid down by St. Philip, aim at what he taught and did, and so become "one of mind and heart" (Acts 4:32, Can. 578)
3) The Oratory was established from its very birth for familiar discourse on the Word of God, and for mental and vocal prayer in common. By these means the Oratory fosters the contemplative spirit and love of divine things among the faithful, as in a school
4) As St. Philip was a sign of this love of divine things, so the Oratory manifests and pours forth similar love, in an attractive and effective way, in joyful service and simplicity of heart