Born in Glen Cove, New York, Fr. Philip G. Steele, SJ, 68, has been rector of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., since November 2015.
He entered the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1980 by Bishop George Evans at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Denver.
Fr. Steele taught art and served in pastoral ministry at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, 1981-93. He served at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, first as art teacher, then in the pastoral program, finally as the president, from 2006 to 2015. He also led a pastoral program at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo.
He has served as the assistant to the provincial of the former Missouri Province and as a Jesuit community superior.
Fr. Steel earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Saint Louis University, 1971; a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Temple University, 1974; and a Master of Divinity in theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1981.
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