Our two main patron saints are St Philip Neri and St Aloysius Gonzaga.
In 1990 the Archbishop of Birmingham asked the Fathers of the Oratory in Birmingham to start an Oratory and to look after the parish of St Aloysius here in Oxford, which included looking after St Aloysius’ School. St Philip Neri was the founder of the Oratory, and so he became one of the school’s main patron saints.
The parish was originally founded by the priests from the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits. They built St Aloysius’ Church in 1875, and the building which is now our parish centre was originally the school until it moved to its present site nearly one hundred years later. St Aloysius Gonzaga is the patron saint of youth, so it is fitting that our school is dedicated to him.
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Each year group in our school has its own patron saint too.
We pray to these saints to help us become more like Jesus, and try to follow their examples, so that we, in turn, might eventually become saints as well. Each year group keeps its saint’s feast day, celebrating it in different ways. Sometimes the feast day might fall in a school holiday, in which case the teacher may choose another day so that the year group can keep what we call an external feast.
To reflect the international character of our school in the twenty-first century the year group saints were chosen from the seven continents of the world (except there are no saints native to Antarctica so there are two from Europe!)
The year group saints and their feast days (and the continents they represent) are: