Fr. Philip is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He began his military career in May, 2006 as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer in Norfolk, Virginia. He continued there until he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2008 at the age of 24. His diagnosis was Grade III brain cancer (Anaplastic Astrocytoma) which proved to be inoperable due to its location. Most studies state that the median survival time for this type of cancer is 18 months, even with aggressive radiation and chemotherapy. Not to be deterred after his medical retirement from the Navy, Father Philip set out on a more demanding life course - that of becoming a Roman Catholic Priest.
After many medical treatments and procedures while still in the Seminary, Philip Johnson finally reached his goal of being ordained to the Priesthood in January 2017. He is currently an Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Pinehurst, North Carolina. No doubt, Philip is a true Hero - he embodies the definition of the word through his selfless answering the call of service to America in her military to answering the call of service from God as a 'Fisher of men.'
He has truly served time in the Battlefield.