Philip Decker

Second Theology

Theological College
University of South Florida


When people find out that I grew up in Florida, they immediately ask the most frequent question I have received about my discernment so far, “Why are you studying for the Diocese of Richmond?”  And my answer each time has been the same: Being raised in a military family, I am no stranger to moving homes.  The definition of home that I knew was wherever my family was.  There was never a specific place to call home.  But when I moved to Virginia, I immediately knew that God called me here and wanted me to remain here for a while.  It was almost immediately that this state and my diocese became a place to call home.  And it was by that very same definition that I knew from such a young age: home is where my family is. And my family is the Diocese of Richmond.

I attended University of South Florida in Tampa and received my Bachelor’s degree in English in August of 2012.  I worked for a year and a half at St. Joan of Arc as Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator here in our very own diocese.  As I served the youth and young adults in my home parish, I grew to know Jesus Christ more deeply, who provided me with the quiet and the prayer to discern God’s call.  When I placed my trust in Jesus Christ, applied to seminary, and received acceptance, I was asked to continue my formation at Theological College in DC, where I now reside.

On any given day, you can find me listening to a wide array of music, writing in my journal, or reading a good book in a comfy chair.  I also love “dreary” weather as much as I love sunny weather.

  • Favorite book:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales
  • Favorite saint:  St. Philip Neri
  • Home parish: St. Joan of Arc, Yorktown