St. Philip Neri

Dates: 1515–1595
Feast: May 26
Image Source: © De Agostini Picture Library / G. Dagli Orti / The Bridgeman Art Library

In sixteenth-century Rome many people, even some leaders in the Church were falling away from God. Philip devoted his life to bringing all he could persuade back to the true Church. He used jokes, discussions, and even popular songs to show others that the Church is a joyful place. Though the task of converting the city seemed impossible for one man, Philip Neri trusted that God would use him to do great things for the Church.