St. Philip Neri, affectionately known as the "Apostle of Rome," was a remarkable Italian priest who lived in the 16th century.

His life was characterized by a profound love for God and a contagious joy that drew countless souls to the Catholic faith.

His life serves as an inspiration for all, reminding us of the transformative power of joy, prayer, and authentic love for God and our fellow human beings.

Here are 9 things to know and share about St. Philip Neri:

Who is Philip Neri?
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1) Born in Florence, Italy, in 1515.

3) Co-founded the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity and founded the Congregation of the Oratory.

Saint Philip Neri Facts
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4) Played a significant role in the Counter-Reformation, working to restore Catholicism in Rome during a time of crisis.

5) Known for his joyful and humorous nature. He used humor to connect with people and bring them closer to God. He believed joy is the key to holiness.

6) Despite being a diocesan priest, he lived a quasi-monastic lifestyle.

Philip Neri Catholic Saint
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7) He had a great love for the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He encouraged people to receive Holy Communion often and pray the Rosary.

8) Was a well-known confessor.

9) The story of St. Francis Xavier inspired him.

A special prayer calling on the intercession of Saint Philip Neri:

O Holy Saint Philip Neri,
Patron Saint of Joy, you who trusted Scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand, and that we need not have anxiety about anything: in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows, and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells with abundant love for God and all creation. Hear us we pray, especially in this need: (make request here) Keep us safe through your loving intercession and may the joy of the Holy Spirit which filled your heart, Saint Philip, transform our lives and bring us peace. Amen.

Prayer source here.

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