In March, he was inducted into the Mercedarian Third Order. (Order of The Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy). It's noteworthy that diocesan seminarians and priests may belong to secular branch of various orders. Fr. Perrone of Assumption Grotto is a diocesan priest who is also a secular Carmlite. Philip writes:
The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy is a Roman Catholic religious order established in 1218 by St. Peter Nolasco for the redemption of Christian captives from Muslim Spain. One of the distinguishing marks of the Order is that, since its foundation, its members are required to take a Fourth Vow to exchange themselves for another who is in danger of losing their Faith.
Johnson has also chronicled another journey on his blog - a spiritual journey with Christ through his suffering with cancer. In this journey, he teaches us how to make God's will our will. In reading his posts you will gain appreciation for the little things in life, but also for the gift of faith.
Those men reading this blog that are considering the priesthood, and seminarians, should follow his writings very closely. His great love for the priesthood, can also inspire priests. May they treasure the gift of their vocation. This is a man who is not hesitating in the least to follow the call, and God's will for him. Learn from him!
Please keep Philip in your prayers (pictured upper left had corner). And, visit his blog, In Caritate non Ficta, to follow him on his spiritual journey. You will learn much.