One year ago today, Father John M. Phillips, pastor of Holy Faith Parish in Gainesville, went home to the Lord at the age of 63.
He was remembered as a good shepherd and a great brother, priest and friend who was generous, unfailingly loyal and had a keen sense of humor.
In addition to being pastor of Holy Faith Parish since 2002, he also oversaw the administration of St. Patrick Interparish School in Gainesville.
He led the Liturgical Commission since 1987, was appointed dean of the Gainesville Deanery in 2011, and he had served on the College of Consultors since 2018. He was also a member of the Presbyteral Council serving as chair of the committee for priest spirituality in 2004.
The video tribute below played at the Celebration of Life vigil service shortly after his passing.