UPDATE: News about Philip Johnson… GOOD news!

As long ago as 2011 I’ve been praying for Philip Johnson, with a brain tumor and who underwent pretty horrible treatment.  Philip was a seminarian of the Diocese of Raleigh.

He was a seminarian for Raleigh, but is no longer.


Congratulations FATHER Johnson!

Ad multos annos!


Biretta tip to MR for the photos   o{]:¬)

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  1. acardnal says:

    I assume he was ordained for diocese of Raleigh or did he move to d. of Arlington where Bishop Burbidge is now the ordinary?

  2. Sandy says:

    That is wonderful news, praise God! I used to follow his blog until it stopped, and I had wondered how he is doing now. Thank you, Father Z, for letting us know. Father Johnson, pray for us too!

  3. Vox Laudis says:

    Fr. Johnson was indeed ordained for the Diocese of Raleigh. He will celebrate his first public TLM on Sunday, 15 January at noon at Sacred Heart Church in Dunn, NC. (His First Mass is tomorrow, NO, at the church where he was ordained, St. Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest [the town not the university]).

  4. God is infinitely good, and this is just one small example.

  5. danielinnola says:

    Thank you Lord!! We serve the true and living God who answers prayer!!!

  6. teechrlady says:

    Praise be to God!! Such great news!

  7. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    He looks as if he need something on his head. Perhaps a biretta?

  8. Rachel says:

    Makes me happy and grateful to see this!

  9. Mr. Graves says:

    Deo gratias!

  10. vetusta ecclesia says:

    Your photo of this joyous event is marred by one thing: the ordaining bishop is in mitra simplex. There seems to be a growing trend of bishops to wear this unsuitably, no doubt part of the false simplicity/humility mania in the Church. Some of the greatest saints who were prelates (eg Borromeo) always wore the “full fig”, aware that it expressed the office and honoured it, not the man.

  11. capchoirgirl says:

    Thanks be to God!

  12. visigrad says:

    Father Johnson is a priest for the Diocese of Raleigh…..watch for more good news next week..

  13. KnightOfTruth says:

    The Ordination was awesome. First blessings cherished by my wife and I. Bishop Burbidge came down from Arlington to Ordain Father Johnson for the Diocese of Raleigh. “Do you promise respect and obedience to the Ordinary?” instead of (to me and my successors). During comments after the Ordination Bishop Burbidge shared that he did consider sticking with “me and my successors” and wondered if that would have made Father Johnson a Priest for the Diocese of Arlington.
    Father Johnson is a very holy man and has already done good work for the kingdom. His life is a miracle and even with our ongoing prayers we always wondered if he would make it to this day. Thanks be to God for the gifts of this vocation… and all vocations.

  14. Fr_Sotelo says:

    Beautiful. Laus Deo. It has been a long and arduous road for Fr. Johnson, but Our Lady obtained this special grace for him.

  15. Tears of Joy! Thank you Father for this post. I have been praying for him daily to Our Lady of Good Help the only approved apparition of Our Lady in the Diocese of Green Bay Wisconsin. Thank you Bishop David Ricken! https://www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com/prayer/ Will continue to ask Our Lady of Good Help for his continued health.

  16. hwriggles4 says:

    Bishop Burbidge is an excellent bishop. He inherited the Diocese of Raleigh around 2005, and only had about six seminarians. Within a few years, that number was up to twenty, and Bishop Burbidge also began sending seminarians to his alma mater, St. Charles Borromeo, where he had once been rector when he was the Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Bishop Burbidge was also not afraid to be a shepherd in Raleigh, and visited quite a few parishes, reviewed programs, and got his hands dirty. IMHO, more bishops need to be rolling up their sleeves and following the example of Bishop Burbidge.

    God Bless Fr. Phillip Johnson – one of many formed under Bishop Burbidge.

    Arlington, Virginia is definitely getting a jewel (and several good priests in Arlington know him, either as a seminary classmate or as a rector), and the new bishop in Raleigh will definitely have big shoes to fill.

  17. Semper Gumby says:

    Congratulations Fr. Johnson, Deo Gratias.

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