We both met Fr. Philippe when he was giving a retreat in Laredo, Texas several years ago. Although, he didnt’ speak English, he gave the retreat with such deep thought and passion. The material he presented was something we had never heard, it had such depth and conviction because he was proclaiming Truth.
We also had the opportunity to meet with him in private with an interpretor. He was totally focused on us both, as a couple and as a couple in full-time ministry. We felt a deep sense of gratitude from him, he welcomed us with fraternal charity and was truly present to us both.
During his time in Laredo, Texas, he received us both as oblates of St. John. We will never forget his joy and enthusiasm in receiving us into the Community of St. John, as we too, were overwhelmed with great joy.
Fr. Philippe’s work (books, presentations) that have been translated into english have impacted our lives in many ways. His Philosophic teachings, his insights of the mysteries of our faith have directed us both to seek Truth and to grow in our faith and love for God and others.
Mary Jane and Tom