The College is pleased to announce that alumnus Tyler Tracy has decided to enter the novitiate of the Fraternity of Saint Philip Neri. He has completed his period of postulancy, and will officially receive the habit of a lay brother on Friday, May 3rd, at 5:30 pm at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston. The community itself is very new and Tyler will be the first addition.
Tyler is originally from Maine, and graduated from Thomas More College in 2010. Friends mention his passion for theology and enthusiasm for intellectual conversation during his time at Thomas More, and recall him as “a truly devoted friend, always there for people.” Tyler was Resident Assistant during his Junior and Senior years, as well as Sacristan of the school chapel.
“Tyler was very conscientious in anything he was asked to do, and carried out his Sacristan duties very well. He was very dependable,” mentioned school chaplain Fr. Healey. “He was also very conscientious in the practice of his Faith and set a good example for other students. We hope that he perseveres in his vocation.”
The Fraternity of Saint Philip Neri is a community in formation in Lewiston, Maine. This community was formed quite recently, in August 2012, and describes itself as “a form of common life for priests and lay brothers for the sake of the formation and evangelization of young adults.”
The Fraternity is associated with the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada. The Oratorians, a community of priests and lay brothers dedicated to a common life of charity and service to the poor, were founded by Saint Philip Neri in 1551. It was first brought to English-speaking countries by Blessed John Henry Newman, who founded the Birmingham Oratory following his conversion to Catholicism in 1845. Today the Oratorians serve the needs of the Church throughout the world, including in seven different locations throughout the United States. Thomas More College is overjoyed for Tyler and grateful for his vocation to the Church. We will continue to pray for him and ask others to do so as well.
Saint Philip Neri, pray for us!