Official Letter from the Archdiocese of San Francisco



April 28 , 2014

Father Illo has been released by his bishop, Most Reverend Steven Blaire of Stockton, to begin the process of establishing an Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Father Driscoll has been released by his Archbishop, Most Reverend Robert Carlson of St. Louis, to seek ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The Oratory of St. Philip Neri is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. It incardinates its members into the Society, who are secular priests and laymen living in community and carrying out pastoral ministry, usually in a parish and most often in an urban setting. The 1989 decree instituting the current Constitutions and General Statutes of the Oratory describe the Oratory in this way: “The members of the Society of Apostolic life, called the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, live as brothers in community, striving for the perfection of charity and devoting themselves especially to the formation of youth. They also promote the holy sacrament of Penance and the ministry to the sick and the poor.” In order to be formally established as an Oratory, the community must have fulfilled a minimum of three years in the formation process, and a have a minimum of four stable members, at least two of whom are priests. While the community in formation at Star of the Sea Parish will soon have its own website, for now more information about the Oratory of St. Philip Neri may be found at the website of the Oratory in formation in Lewiston, Maine, at:

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