Fr. Michael T. Phillips
Father Phillips was born in 1943 in Burlington,
the first capital of the Iowa territory. He has been in the soul-saving
business for 31 years & has spent most of that time working with high
school kids as well as some parish experience. Before he came to St.
Wenceslaus, Father Phillips was pastor at St. Patrick's Church, Burlington
(1985-94) and Holy Family Church, Davenport (1994-2000). He has a Master's
Degree in Theology from the Aquinas Institute (St. Louis, 1974) & a Master's
in Education from Loras College (Dubuque, 1982). He comes from a small family,
one brother & one sister. Father Phillips love swimming, bowling, long
walks in the park, and riding bicycles. His academic interests, besides Theology
& Philosophy, include American History and politics. He enjoys smoking
his pipe, good music, holidays (esp. Christmas), train rides, ice cream,
playing the 5 cent Monopoly machine at the casino, and computers. He
hates drawn out meetings, TV talk shows, doing his taxes, and wasting valuable
time. Father Phillips loves being a priest and the many surprises that
God sends him connected with his vocation. Babies to baptize, young people
to counsel, loving couples to marry, senior-citizens to gather wisdom from,
and friends who just want to get to know God better. He likes to tell stories,
to sing beautiful melodies, and to laugh a lot. And especially loves those
graced moments when God tells him that "everything is going to be OK."
Patricia J. King - Pastoral Minister &
Pat King is the youngest of seven children.
Her hometown is Davenport. She graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral Grade
School and Assumption Catholic High School. Pat began ministries at the Cathedral
in numerous volunteer positions and taught religion in the grade school.
She began full-time (paid) ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnel
Iowa in 1983. After five years she took a position at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Moline and the Peoria diocese. After a brief sabbatical (doing
sales work for picture directory company, working for a hotel, and - in
general - experiencing the life of the unemployed and poor), Pat was contacted
in 1993 by Father Harry Linnenbrink and offered her position at St. Wenceslaus.
Pat has no children and has never been married. She commutes six days each
week from Davenport.