The works of the Toronto Oratory have always produced echoes beyond the province of Ontario. Throughout the years, groups of men attempting to establish Oratories in their own locales have been guided by Fr Jonathan Robinson, the Founder of the Toronto Oratory.
Increasing numbers of Amerians came to study at St Philip's Seminary. A circle of American friends of the Toronto Oratory grew up, including those who had once lived near the Toronto Oratory, read publications of Oratorians, been spiritual directees or otherwise assisted by the Fathers of the Toronto Oratory, attended the annual Summer School at the Toronto Oratory, or been graduated from St Philip's Seminary.
In 2006, an American university professor, one of Fr Jonathan Robinson's spiritual daughters, began working with Fr Derek Cross to give the existing group of supporters a more formal shape. The Friends of the Toronto Oratory was created to promote Oratorian educational work in the USA and Canada. Incorporated in the District of Columbia, the Friends of the Toronto Oratory enables US citizens to donate to this cause while receiving tax benefits.
Chairman of the Board: Matthew Muggeridge
Treasurer of the Board: Scott Walter
Secretary of the Board: Mark Henrie
Member of the Board: Fr. Michael Eades
Administrator: Maria Horner
Muggeridge is the owner of FIDE Law, PLC. For many years he worked as an attorney for the National Right to Life Legal Defence Fund. A graduate of Ave Maria Law School, Matt also has a licentiate in philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and a B. Phil from the Gregorian University. A native of Ontario, Matt has known the Toronto Oratory from childhood.
Walter is president of the Capital Research Center. He served in the George W. Bush administration as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and was vice president for publications and research at the Philanthropy Roundtable. Walter previously served as a senior fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and as senior editor of the American Enterprise Institute’s flagship publication. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Mark C. Henrie is President of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. He previously served as Senior Vice President, and Chief Academic Officer, of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He was editor of the Intercollegiate Review and senior editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. A native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Harvard University, Henrie spent time at the Toronto Oratory while discerning his vocation.