Clear goals and vision.-- Pharr Oratory Schools set out to help students develop a well-formed Christian conscience that is productive of a life characterized by Christian virtue. Since the Pharr Oratory Schools are under the spiritual direction of the Fathers of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri of Pontifical Right, their students, parents, teachers, and staff know that the priests of the Pharr Congregation are always ready to help them walk the path of Christian holiness. The Pharr Oratory School family should also be aware that the priests of the Oratory give the souls under their Philippian care high priority in both time and service.
Creating heaven on earth.-- In the regular school celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, members of the Oratory family find a powerhouse of divine grace: Mass time becomes for students, faculty, staff, and, sometimes, parents and friends, an opportunity to reap most efficaciously the abundant graces of Christ’s redemption. An awareness of the Mass as the celebration of all the sacred mysteries, or events, of Christ’s life, brings the Oratory School family closely together as they, with one voice and action, become “tuned in” to heaven; to be members of Christ’s true Church means to share in heaven while still on earth. Christ as head of His Mystical Body, the Church, is always heaven-bound and those Christians who hang on tight to Christ’s person or, metaphorically, even His tunic– will be carried along with Him–maybe even dragged–to His Father’s throne.
Shared vision with the laity.--The presence of a Congregation of priests whose sole purpose in life is not to seek personal fame and social approval in the satisfaction of underlying demonically narcissistic needs but, rather, humbly to do God’s will alone: this becomes the model for the laity who invest with the clerical sons of St. Philip in a juridically autonomous project, so that, simply, from their little corner of the woods (world), they might be able simply and significantly to evangelize the world. The principal work of the Congregation (priests) is to serve the members of the Oratory (the laity) in becoming holy. This holiness is the result of a grace-filled life that strives solely to do God’s will, clothing those searching souls with virtue that, in turn, makes them competent spiritual leaders.
Quest for holiness.-- Freed from the political confines and restraints of the tainted pragmatic postmodern church, the fathers of the Oratory seek not to invest magnanimously in personal hierarchical power and recognition, but, rather, in simply working hard to become holy and in finding good parents who also want sanctity for themselves and their children.
Organized prayer life.-- The main thrust of the Pharr Oratory educational system is the ardent desire to do God’s will. This is the context within which the Oratory school family is committed to work. Virtue, therefore, plays an important part in the development and execution of daily life. Certain activities, moreover, characterize the Christian lady and gentleman who belong to the spiritual school of St. Philip Neri.
Within this context the Oratory Academy considers the following activities of great value: