Staff Member: Fr. Phillip T. Cooke, S.J.
Fr. Phillip T. Cooke, S.J.
Phillip T. Cooke, S.J., is a priest of the United States Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. He has served as pastor at Gesu since 2019; he came to Gesu as the associate pastor in 2015. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and studied philosophy at Creighton University. He wrote his Licentiate in Sacred Theology focusing on liberation theology and social entrepreneurship while at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, followed by a fellowship as the first Jesuit-in-Residence at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.
As pastor, he spends a great deal of time working in both the parish as well as in Gesu School. He has worked at the University of Detroit Mercy where he founded the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and at Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota where he taught high school and was a pastor. More than anything, Fr. Phil loves preaching and presiding at the liturgy of the Eucharist.
He loves the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, country and gospel music, playing softball and tennis, and he has a passion for walking with youth, especially those most at risk. He is forever grateful to the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, whom he credits with giving him many spiritual gifts through their resilience, reverence and faith in the Creator.