Specially commissioned for the Fourth Centenary of the Canonisation of St. Philip Neri, Patron and Founder of the Congregations of the Oratory, these medals are based upon Seventeenth Century examples of devotional medals worn by the faithful, asking the intercession of this great saint.

A limited number of the medals are available during the 400th anniversary of St. Philip’s canonisation. A beautiful way to invoke the powerful intercession of this Priest, Confessor, and Third Apostle of Rome.

Please specify whether you prefer the silver-gilt medal or the bronze medal when you place your order.

More about St. Philip Neri

Born in Florence in 1515 and known as the Apostle of Rome, the origins of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri were in the lay apostolate which he himself began, largely among the city’s Florentine community, after his arrival in Rome in 1533.

In order to keep his circle of young men out of trouble during the afternoons, Philip occupied them with spiritual reading, edifying conversation, and pilgrimages to churches and convents. Visits to the sick and the dying in hospitals were part of this apostolate. In the evenings, some of his penitents would return to him in his room at San Girolamo for more prayer. It was only when the group became too large to manage single-handed that he proposed that some of the original lay members should be ordained.

By 1558 Philip’s group had outgrown his own small room, and so a larger space over the church was adapted as an ‘Oratory’ for their meetings, which began to take on the more definite form known as the “Exercises of the Oratory”. These consisted of mental prayer, informal comment on spiritual readings, vocal prayers, and the singing of hymns and songs.

In 1575 they acquired the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella and the Congregation was canonically erected by Pope Gregory XIII. Its status was confirmed as a community of secular priests bound by charity but not vows. The Oratory consisted of lay-brothers as well as priests. In line with Philip’s wishes to avoid anything resembling a religious Order, there was no separate house of novice formation. Those who joined the Oratory were formed by living among the Community as a family.

Feast Day: 26th May.