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If you build it they will come | News | Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
The man who brought it back is Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R. who assumed the post of pastor quite fittingly on the Feast of the Assumption in 1988.
Fr. Phillips came from Weber High School, a Catholic secondary school in Chicago, where he had been a religious education and music instructor.
Fr. Phillips is quite evidently a man who appreciates beautiful liturgical art.
He has returned the church to its former splendor and then some, commissioning and importing great works of art from both Italy and Poland.
The liturgy at St. John's is inspiring.
Fr. Phillips has also founded a new order of priests, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, and fledglings that they may be, they are getting vocations.
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Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., formerly a religious education and music instructor at Weber High School, is pastor at St. John Cantius Church.He founded the first religious community for the new millennium in Chicago, The Society of St. John Cantius.
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...July 10 - Speaker: Fr. C. Frank Phillips, CR, formerly a religious education and music instructor at Weber High School, is pastor at St. John Cantius Church.He
founded the first religious community for the new millennium in Chicago, The Society of St. John Cantius
.Session Topic: "Called to Be Saints: Living an Authentic Sacramental Life".
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Miller, 54, speaks in grateful tones of Father C. Frank Phillips, C.R., who, more than being the pastor of St. John Cantius, is a father to his parish family, giving them solid guidance and direction.And to those who are starving to death on "an austere faith" and those who are seeking "the whole Body of Christ," Father Phillips has provided generously.
uses this incredible treasury (of Church teaching, tradition and culture) and has opened it up and said, 'Take all you want from this.Everything that is the Church is here for you,' " Miller said.St. John Cantius
itself had been starving.Father Phillips was assigned pastor more or less in order to close it down.
"I had no idea how bad it was," Father Phillips
said.Fresh from teaching music and religion at Chicago's Weber High School, he felt called to get into parish work, and St. John Cantius was open.
"The former pastor was walking out of the provincial's office while I was walking in, and he
asked me if I'd like St. John Cantius," he
Arriving on the feast of the Assumption in 1988 Father Phillips
seized on the opportunity to make St. John Cantius
a viable parish again by focusing on the central action of the Church, the Mass.It would be celebrated with reverence, care and strict attention to the rubrics laid down by the Church.There would be no improvising.
"In the seminary, I had the good fortune to be trained by Msgr.Martin Hellriegel, the first promoter of the liturgical reform," Father Phillips
said.Msgr.Hellriegel, who wrote the hymn, "To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King," instilled in the young seminarian at St. Louis University
an appreciation for precision and orderliness in the liturgy.Father Phillips
was intent on restoring a sense of the sacred to the liturgical practices.In January, 1989, he
introduced the Latin Novus Ordo on Sundays, to be accompanied by traditional music that was written to glorify God and lift the heart and soul Heavenward.Soon the parish began offering the Tridentine Mass as well.Fr. Frank Phillips C.R. celebrates Mass.
keeps handy a copy of "The Church's Year of Grace" by the Augustinian Pius Parsch.Using the ideas in this guide to the year's liturgies based on the Tridentine Mass "brings the liturgical life to the people by constant explanation and repetition of traditions," Father Phillips
In keeping with his
vision of restoring the sacred to the Church, Father Phillips
revived devotions such as Vespers
on Sunday, the Corpus Christi procession, Stations of the Cross, Tenebrae, First Friday and Saturday adoration, blessing of flowers on the Assumption and novenas before Christmas and Pentecost.
Mild-mannered and blessed with a sense of humor, Father Phillips
nonetheless is a leader who uses his
authority for the good of souls."A Catholic parish exists to make saints," he
insists that a parish be known for the way it celebrates Mass and for its sacramental life.
It is in the family that Father Phillips
sees the need to begin restoring the sacred in society and the Church.Toward that end he
challenges parishioners to "achieve a greater degree of holiness in their daily life."He
admonishes them to "connect the altar in church with the altar at home."
"A lot of people today don't say family prayers," he
encourages parents to take children outside when they become rambunctious--"out of respect for other parents and the child himself," Mrs. Amorella explained.
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