Fr. Jonathan Robinson, CO – R.I.P.

I received word today that Fr. Jonathan Robinson of the Toronto Oratory passed away this morning.  It seems that he had a fall on St. Philip’s Day (26 May) and had been in the hospital.

Would you in your kindness remember today to pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Robinson?

Fr. Robinson produced some good books.  I can recommend a couple in particular.


Mass And Modernity: Walking to Heaven Backward



In No Strange Land: The Embodied Mysticism of Saint Philip Neri


If you get these books, remember to say a prayer for Fr. Robinson.

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  1. AAJD says:

    I had several lengthy conversations with Fr Robinson in the late 90s and spent some most edifying days at the Oratory. He was always a scholar and gentleman, and a true vir ecclesiasticus. The Oratory is a rare and shining jewel in Canadian Catholicism, which so often is drab and mediocre and depressing.

    Permit me to add to your list of books by recommending his *On the Lord’s Appearing* from CUA Press. I read it when it first came out in 1997 and have often gone back to it, recommending it to students as well. May his memory be eternal!

  2. Eric says:

    Just bought both!

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  4. eulogossusan says:

    I have been praying for him during Ordinariate morning and evening prayer (at )

    We met Fr. Robinson during Oratory Summer School, a wonderful program held each summer for laypeople to learn about the faith. All the Oratory priests taught at least one class.

    I did read.”The Mass and Modernity” which is dedicated to an old friend of mine. I remember it was a long slog through modernity before it got to the mass!

    The Toronto Oratory will not be the same without him. I hope they carry on as they have been, as they are an island of holiness and devotion-and intelligence and reason, in the surrounding community and, as someone else said, in Canada.

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