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Philip Anderson

We welcome Philip Anderson to St. John the Baptist Province as the new regional director of mission integration and ministry support.

Philip, who started in the position in October, holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and political science from Southern Methodist University; a master of divinity from Yale University; and a master of bioethics and health policy from Loyola University of Chicago. He has an extensive background in ministry and operations management, coaching and development, community outreach and stakeholder and church relations. His professional experience includes working as group chief mission officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health; chief mission officer for the Mid-American Group and regional director of ethics and spiritual care for Mercy Health; and division director of mission integration and spiritual care at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

His commitment to serving others, said Philip, was inspired by the outreach efforts of family members in their small Wisconsin town. During college, he experienced a strong call to work with the dying and spent a number of years in ministry as a hospital chaplain before transitioning to hospital leadership.

“I really have a lot of energy toward working with individuals, and this goes back to my time as a chaplain, helping people make transitions well and seeing the divine in their life,” Philip explained. “I enjoy helping people recognize the strengths and gifts that they already have.”

He has long been drawn to the message of St. Francis and said, “His way of encountering people, especially the story of him meeting the leper on the road and his ministry to the lepers, has always been an inspiration to me. I have so much respect for the ministries of the Franciscans in Cincinnati and the way the friars are living what Francis and Clare laid out. What I really love about the ministries in this province is the focus on meeting individual needs.”

In his new role, Philip will serve as a liaison to SJB Province’s sponsored ministries “as we transition to oneness with the new Our Lady of Guadalupe Province and really emphasize the importance of having strong local boards and sustaining strong ministries as we move into the future.”

Philip has started to attend board meetings for the various sponsored ministries and has been “getting up to speed with everyone involved. I’m very impressed with everyone and they have been very welcoming,” he said.

“I’ve been working closely with Father Bill (Farris, provincial vicar), Philip added. “He’s a great teacher.”

Philip lives in Anderson Township with his son, Graham, who is a senior in high school.