Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Nice picture...
of the Holy Father and some Oratorians.


Blogger Jenny said...

Hi, Donna,
I went to the web site you have linked here, and although it is in Italian, it seems like they mention St. Francis de Sales as an Oratorian saint. Does he have any connection with the Oratory? Just wondering...

8:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, Jenny.

St. Francis de Sales had some connection with the early Oratorians. Some accounts state that, as a very young man, he actually met the elderly St. Philip. We do know that he was a close friend of Blessed Juvenal Ancina. He believe he actually tried to start an Oratory in France, but he was chosen to be the Bishop of Geneva before he could get it off the ground. Whether he should count as an "Oratorian saint" is a disputed question, but he certainly reflected the Oratorian spirit in his concern for the holiness of the laity and his gentleness.

10:11 AM  

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