Fr. Philip P. Sutherland, S.J., 35, grew up in Chehalis, Washington. His family attended the local parish, St. Joseph Church, and he began thinking about the priesthood in junior high. When his mother suggested he look at attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Fr. Sutherland had no idea what a Jesuit was, so he began reading about the order. He was immediately attracted to the Jesuits’ intellectual formation, variety of ministries and community life. At Gonzaga, Fr. Sutherland earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and chemistry and received spiritual direction from a Jesuit. After his 2004 graduation, he joined the Jesuits and, as a novice, ministered to the Yupik people in Alaska and served in Jamaica as a teacher and hospital chaplain. Missioned next to Loyola University Chicago, he received a master’s degree in philosophy in 2009 and then taught for 10 months at St. Andrew Nativity School in Portland, Oregon. Fr. Sutherland returned to Gonzaga, where he worked in campus ministry on the freshman retreat program and taught philosophy and religious studies courses; during his two years there, he discovered his love for working in higher education. Missioned next to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. While in Boston, Fr. Sutherland worked with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, giving retreats to homeless people, and served as a deacon and taught catechism to fifth graders at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He also did a 10-week intensive practicum in clinical pastoral education at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. After ordination, Fr. Sutherland will work at St. Leo Church in Tacoma, Washington, this summer before going to Marquette University in Milwaukee for doctoral studies in philosophy. His first Masses as a priest will be celebrated with his brother Jesuits at Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and at his grandmother’s parish, St. Louis de Montfort Parish in Santa Maria, California. (Oregon Province)
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