C. Frank Phillips, C.R., completed studies in Music Education from St.
Louis University. He studied music theory and composition with Dr.
Robert Neidlinger, music history with Rev. Francis Guenter, S.J. and
organ with Dr. Marie Kraemer. As a seminarian, Phillips had the
privilege to work with Monsignor Martin B. Hellriegel, P.A., who was a
noted liturgical giant of his time.
He received a
Master’s of Divinity from St. Louis University and was ordained January
1977 as member of the Congregation of the Resurrection. He taught Music
history, theory, choir and religious education at Weber High School for
11 years until stationed at St. John Cantius parish in 1988. In 1998,
Phillips founded the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius as a Roman
Catholic religious community of men dedicated to a restoration of the
sacred in the context of parish ministry. Its mission is to help
Catholics rediscover a profound sense of the sacred through solemn
liturgies, devotions, sacred art, sacred music, as well as instruction
in Church heritage, catechetics, and Catholic culture. This mission is
reflected in the community's motto: Instaurare Sacra
(Restoration of the Sacred).