The Oratorians are considered a Society of Apostolic Life. Oratorians serve the universal Church and their local dioceses and parishes by living the charism imparted to them by Saint Philip. The characteristics of the Oratorian way of life are the same as in his day, namely:
• Priests of the Oratory are secular priests; that is, they do not profess religious vows. The Oratorian vocation is unique in the Church: secular priests living in community. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, an Oratorian himself, called the Oratorian life a bridge between diocesan and religious life.
• Oratorians live a fraternal life in a stable community. They make a commitment to one local Congregation and remain there for life. Living as a family is key to the Oratorian way of life.
• Their spirituality is marked by fervent prayer, reverent celebration of the Sacraments (especially Mass and Confession), familiar preaching of the Word of God, and a joyful love for God and neighbor, particularly their brothers in the Congregation.
• They remain connected with the chief concern of Saint Philip by a commitment to pastoral care of the laity, especially through the group known as the Secular Oratory.
- Specifically, our community will work within the milieu of the New Evangelization to build up at-risk families and promote the dignity of human life.