Philip C. L. Gray:
President of Catholics United for the Faith

Speaking on: The Call to Apostolic Action
Philip C. L. Gray
Philip C. L. Gray, President, Catholics United for the Faith

Philip has been married to Emily for 30 years.  The couple has six children and one grandchild.  Philip obtained his undergraduate degree in Theology and Mental Health/Human Services from the University of Steubenville (1987), and his licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada (1994).  He obtained his mandate to teach the sacred sciences from the Bishop of Steubenville in 1998.

Philip has a varied work experience that includes social work and counseling in state, county and private institutions.  After obtaining his licentiate in Canon Law, he served as Associate Director of the Diocese of Little Rock Tribunal.  While there, he held the ecclesiastical offices of Defender of the Bond and Promoter of Justice.

In January 1998, Philip became the Director of Information Services for Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) and led the department in conducting almost 20,000 specific points of research on Catholic doctrine and discipline.  During his tenure, Information Services answered an average of 800 questions per month.  In 2000, he was elected a Vice President of CUF.

Philip had maintained a private practice in Canon Law since October 1996 and opened his full-time practice in January 2002.  He served as a consulter to The Saint Joseph Foundation (SJF) since 1996, as a member of its Board of Directors since 2009.  In January 2014, he was elected President of SJF to replace its retiring founder, Mr. Charles Wilson.  In February 2017, CUF affiliated to SJF, and Philip became President of CUF.  In 1998, Philip became an adjunct professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and continues to teach there part-time.  Classes Philip has taught include Christian Moral Principles, Christian Marriage, Canon Law, and Catholic Social Doctrine.

In 2014, Philip and Emily acquired a small herd of yaks, and in their spare time they run the North Texas Yak Ranch in Hopedale, Ohio, where they make their home.

For more information please see our 2018 Conference page.

For CUF’s 50th Anniversary we want to refocus on our mission:
“to unite the faithful”

Above all, charity “binds everything together in perfect harmony.”265 But the unity of the pilgrim Church is also assured by visible bonds of communion:

    • profession of one faith received from the Apostles;
    • common celebration of divine worship, especially of the sacraments;
    • apostolic succession through the sacrament of Holy Orders, maintaining the fraternal concord of God’s family.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 815)

“from all walks of life”

From the beginning, this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God’s gifts and the diversity of those who receive them. Within the unity of the People of God, a multiplicity of peoples and cultures is gathered together. Among the Church’s members, there are different gifts, offices, conditions, and ways of life. “Holding a rightful place in the communion of the Church there are also particular Churches that retain their own traditions.” The great richness of such diversity is not opposed to the Church’s unity. Yet sin and the burden of its consequences constantly threaten the gift of unity. And so the Apostle has to exhort Christians to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 814)

“in order to support, defend and advance the efforts of the teaching Church”.

This begins first by our own personal sanctification. It involves our recognition that we possess the Holy Spirit by virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation. We are baptized in the Power of God. If we have faith in that Power, we will cast mountains into the sea [Mt. 21:21].
(Lay Witness 36:1)

We invite you to join us for Catholics United for the Faith 50th Anniversary Conference on October 5th – 7th. It is sure to be a weekend of authentic spiritual renewal that you won’t want to miss.

For More Information, Please Visit Our 2018 Conference Page.

Stay tuned to this blog to learn about our Conference Speakers.