St. Philip Neri is a Catholic faith community united to form a church family dedicated to continuing the ministry of Christ.
Leadership at Saint Philip Neri
Since its founding in 1993, St Philip Neri Church has been served by priests that belong to The Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, a pontifical society of apostolic life of Catholic priests and lay-brothers who live together in community bound together by no formal vows but only with the bond of charity. Saint Philip Neri established this religious community in the 16th century. Members are known as Oratorians and live in Oratory houses throughout the world.
The Rock Hill Oratory is the oldest and largest house in the United States. Oratorians, who carry on Saint Philip Neri’s charism of prayer, reflection on scripture and work with the laity, use the initials C.O. after their names, a designation that stands for Congregation of the Oratory. Our pastor has committed his life to serving the people of God and ministering to the faithful by providing spiritual care and comfort.
V. Rev. Fabio Refosco, CO, VF, Pastor
Parish Advisory Councils & Committees
The Pastoral Council is one of two advisory groups to the pastor of St. Philip Neri Church. The other is the Finance Council. The Pastoral Council’s primary purpose is to represent the parishioners and serve as an advisory council to the pastor on matters related to the parish. Council members are appointed by the pastor and include one member of the Finance Council. Pastoral Council meets every month and on an ad-hoc basis as needed. Members are asked to be active in parish activities and ministries.
The Finance Council is one of two advisory groups to the pastor of St. Philip Neri Church. The other is the Pastoral Council. The Finance Council’s primary purpose is to serve as an advisory council to the pastor on financial matters related to the parish. Council members are appointed by the pastor. The Finance Council meets monthly and on an ad-hoc basis as needed. The members of the Finance Council are the primary stewards of the parish’s financial resources and are accountable for the integrity of the parish’s finances.
Property and Facilities Committee
The Property and Facilities Committee advises the pastor, Business Manager and Maintenance Technician about the management and maintenance of the church properties. This committee, which assesses the short-term and long-term needs for all facilities, also offers guidance and recommends necessary improvements.
The Stewardship Committee seeks to develop stewardship as a way of life in the parish, with members educating parishioners about how to live a life of Christian stewardship through the actions of giving, praying and serving.. This committee is instrumental in the implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the parish’s stewardship program.
The Safety Team, which provides security for the parish at weekend Masses and other events, has established, implemented and continues to assess the parish’s safety and security plan. Team members are trained in first aid, CPR, evacuation techniques, safety responses to fire and weather emergencies and church security. In addition, they educate staff members, volunteers and parishioners about safety protocols that relate to the plan.