Volume 2, Issue 2, Fall 2005
The “Convert of Oxford” and the “Socrates of Rome”
John Henry Newman, Philip Neri, and the Oratory
Why did Newman decide to become an Oratorian? This article examines the life and vision of St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), the founder of the Oratory, in relation to the apostolic ministry that John Henry Newman and his fellow Oxford-converts hoped to exercise in the Roman Catholic Church. This article concludes with reflections about the Oratory’s role, present and future.