Rev. Philip Maas
Father Philip Maas is the only child of James and Sandra Maas. He grew up in Center Valley, PA where his parents still reside. His father, one of nine, is originally from Berwyn, PA and his mother, one of three, from Malvern, PA. Father grew up in Assumption B.V.M. parish, Colesville, and attended St. Michael the Archangel school. He graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 2009 and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2013 with his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Studio Arts. Following college, he moved to Allentown and, after working for Lutron Electronics in Coopersburg for two years, entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook where he graduated with an M.A. in Theology. He was ordained a priest on June 5, 2021 by Bishop Alfred Schlert.
In high school, Father was involved in Science Olympiad, Scholastic Scrimmage, campus ministry, and ski club. He was also a member of his parish’s Boy Scout troop and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2007. In college he was active in the Newman Club and served as Grand Knight of his college council of the Knights of Columbus and was a brother of Sigma Chi. Father enjoys playing golf in the summer and skiing in the winter. He likes to work with his hands and always finds something to fix or different projects to keep him busy, including working on his motorcycle.
Father began to discern a call to the priesthood after a profound moment in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on a retreat his senior year of high school. After many years of both discernment and indecision, he came to accept that the only way to know if one is called is to present oneself to the Church. He did so, was accepted to seminary, and is grateful to God for the gift of his priesthood!