Rev. Philip Scheff
Where did you grow-up?
St. Petersburg, Florida.
How did you discern that God was calling you to become a priest?
My life experiences, as well as listening to other people.
What did you do before you entered the seminary?
I worked for 7 and a half years in Planning and Community Development for Collier County Government in Naples, Florida.
When were you ordained?
October 25, 2001.
What advice do you have for someone wondering if God might be calling him to the priesthood?
I would encourage the man to pray, seek feedback from family, friends, and clergy who know the man; be honest as to being willing to live a celibate life; and be willing, and able, to serve God and his people.
Where were you assigned before coming to St. Charles Borromeo?
St. Andrew Catholic Church in Cape Coral, Florida.
Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy working out at the gym, reading, and listening to classical and easy-listening music.
What do you do in your free time?
See the answer above.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
My father, Joseph, was a professional photographer and died in 1986. My mother, Jean, is 99 and lives in a nursing home in St. Petersburg. My brother, Andrew, works at Publix and lives in St. Petersburg. My sister, Barbara, is married and lives in North Carolina.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in life?
To have peace in God, not absence of pain, hardship, and conflict. To me, true peace is doing God's will as best I can.
What is the most joyful part of your ministry?
Helping other people to develop a compassionate, forgiving, loving relationship with Jesus Christ.
What would you say to a parishioner who is considering getting involved in a ministry at St. Charles?
I would encourage the parishioner to seek out a person, or people, who are doing the ministry (or have done the ministry in the past) to find out the nature of the ministry as well as its challenges and rewards.
What are you looking forward to?
Continuing to serve God and His people at St. Charles Borromeo on into the future.
What’s your favorite memory of St. Charles?
Being welcomed back to the community after spending several months in the hospital with an illness.