San Filippino in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy was once a thriving community of Oratorian priests and laypeople. In the year 1600, these priests and lay people came together to perform charitable works, help young people, make friends, break bread, become better educated and deepen their faith.  

They built a beautiful baroque chapel and a vibrant community center, complete with apartments to house resident teachers and traveling pilgrims.

Now we are restoring this building and this community center. We invite you to learn more about the inspiration for and the animating spirit of this place: Saint Philip Neri, the Oratorians and, mostly, the wonderful residents of Castiglion Fiorentino.

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Fundraising goals:

Phase 1: $40,000 - $50,000 -- COMPLETED

Phase 2: $500,000 (estimated)

Total fundraising goal remaining: $500,000

Project phases:

Phase I

We will clean, shore up and begin the process of restoring the chapel and all its artistic treasures. This first phase will help prevent any further deterioration of the structure and make the chapel safe enough to enter. Estimated cost for Phase I is approximately $50,000 USD. The Friends of San Filippino have already raised this amount of money. We are now working with church officials, historic preservation officials, local residents and a restoration contractor to obtain necessary insurance and final approvals to start this work. It seems likely that we’ll need to raise additional funds immediately to cover some unforeseen expenses and potential cost overruns associated with Phase I. That is the nature of all restoration projects. 

Phase II

We will restore San Filippino to its original condition so that it can once again host religious and secular services benefitting the whole town, and so that local residents, tourists and art history lovers can appreciate all the beautiful features of this special place.

This phase includes repairing damaged floors and walls; updating the plumbing, electrical and other building infrastructure to modern standards; and creating flexible living and working quarters that will comfortably accommodate visiting priests, scholars, artists, pilgrims and donors.

Estimated cost for Phase II is approximately $500,000 Euros.

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