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St. Philip Neri, Priest

Monday May 26, 2025

St. Philip Neri lived in Italy in the sixteenth century. He trained with his uncle to be a merchant, but felt himself called to serve the poor of Rome instead. There he ministered to the sick and to prostitutes.

After 17 years of ministry, he decided to enter the priesthood. Eventually he founded an order of priests known as the Oratory. These priests visited various churches in Rome to preach and to hear confessions.

Philip himself was known for his piety, humor, and joyful nature.

His feast day is May 26.

Patron Saint of ...

St. Philip Neri is the patron saint of laughter and joy.

Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest

  • First Reading - Philippians 4:4-9: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!"
  • Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 34: "I will bless the Lord at all times."
  • Gospel - John 17:20-26: "“I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me."

The readings for the feast of St. Philip Neri may also be taken from the Common of Pastors or the Common of Holy Men and Women (for religious).


St. Philip Neri was born in Florence on July 21, 1515. He was a Christian missionary and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory.

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