St. Philip Neri (22 July 1515 – 26 May 1595) born in Florence, Italy, was an influential Catholic priest during the Counter-Reformation era in the 16th century. He made a significant impact through his piety and devotion to God. After moving to Rome, he gained a reputation for his ministry to the poor and his mentorship of young men in their spiritual development. Neri founded the Congregation of the Oratory, a community of secular priests focused on prayer, preaching, and pastoral care. He is venerated as the patron saint of joy and humor, reflecting his cheerful and lighthearted personality. Canonized as a saint in 1622, St. Philip Neri’s legacy endures as a symbol of deep spirituality, selfless service, and the transformative power of faith.
St. Philip Neri
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