Photo: Oratory Open House
The Oratory-in-Formation of Philip Neri in Cincinnati passed a milestone this spring, cutting the ribbon to mark the ceremonial opening of its “Pious House” residence in Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati. The community’s priests won’t move in to the renovated building until next month, but held an open house for donors, supporters, and neighbors after Archbishop Schnurr blessed the premises in early May. Oratorians live together in community, and so oratories in formation must have a permanent residence before their communities can be approved.
The building, which is part of the square at Old St. Mary’s Church, holds a kitchen, dining room, and common areas, as well as rooms for priests. An adjacent building, still being renovated, will hold a chapel. The renovations include salvaged pieces from other buildings, such as this massive wooden doorpiece, as well as joists and brick preserved from the gutted building.
Photo courtesy the Community-in-Formation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Cincinnati.
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