Staff Member: Philip Moore
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Deacon Philip B. Moore
Born and raised in Mobile, Al. the youngest of six children, my family was a major influence on my life. I consider myself blessed to be raised in a strong, practicing, Catholic household where missing mass was not an option. To my knowledge, my mom and dad never missed Mass. This set a wonderful example and helped formed my habit of attending Mass.
I started singing in my church choir at the age of seven. I believe that was God’s plan for me, because singing in Mobile’s Cathedral choir is how I met my wife, Shona. After a year of dating we married in the very Church where we met. In June of 2020, we celebrated forty seven years of marriage. What a blessing to be married to your best friend and love of your life. We have three grown sons Philip (Holly) and Rob (Kate) live in Knoxville and Chris and wife Shannon live here in Spring Hill. We have three grandsons in Knoxville (Mason, Finnley, and Hollis) and one granddaughter here in Spring Hill (Zoe). We love living near family again.
My career with International Paper Company took us from Mobile, AL to Memphis, TN in 1987. After a 35 year career, I retired in 2009. I always felt I had a call to be in service to the Church and at a young age thought about becoming a Priest. After collage I continued to grow in my faith and love of the Church. I joined the Knights of Columbus, attaining the fourth degree, and held various offices. I was a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Mass Coordinator for many years. Then in 2010 the Diocese of Memphis started a Deaconate class. Shona and I attended the first “come and see” meeting and were hooked. The instructors were from Saint Meinrad Seminary and were excellent. With each class we came home more excited about joining the Church in an ordained capacity. The day finally came in May of 2016, when I, along with 21 other men of God, were ordained by Bishop J. Terry Steib. I served from 2016 to March of 2020 at Saint Brigid Parish in Memphis, Tn.
I love being a Deacon and serving at the altar of God. My wife and I are Secular Franciscans. Who love to serve others, an earmark of the Franciscan’s. For the past twenty one year’s Shona along with a little help from me, ran a non-profit called Project Outreach, Inc. A Franciscan Nun started the project and after twenty years turned it over to my wife. The project remains active today with a wonderful board of directors to carry on the ministry to the poor in west Tennessee.
Our son, Chris and wife Shannon moved to Spring Hill a little over two years ago. They fell in love with the area and Church of the Nativity. With their encouragement (and giving us a beautiful granddaughter) we made the move to Spring Hill. After thirty three years in Memphis we had some reservations about the move but placed the decision in the hands of God, and He has a way of putting you where He wants you. We saw the hand of God in every step of the moving process, even the day of the move March 17th , just a few days before the Covid 19 lockdown. We have been blessed in our years together and even with these unusual times we are going through, Shona and I are excited to be part of the Church of the Nativity. I look forward to serving here and getting to know all the wonderful parishioners.