From the desk of Father Steven...
Greeting to Saint Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
For those who have not met me yet, please allow me to introduce myself. I am Father Steven Walker, a priest newly ordained this past June. I would like to begin by saying how happy I am to be at this parish, and how much I look forward to working with you all.
In 1986, I was born to John Bruce Walker, a United States Submarine Commander, and Denise Walker as the fourth of six children. I spent most of my life moving with my family from one Naval Base to the next. My mother, a devout Catholic, made it her duty to raise her children in the faith she valued so much. Some of my earliest memories are of riding to Mass with my mother after dropping my older sisters off at school. I think it was during this time that I first began to consider priesthood, and I remember expressing these feelings to my parents. Even in these early years my parents were unconditionally supportive. They both told me to grow close to God, and go wherever He asked me to go. This lesson I have kept with me my entire life.
Growing up was an exciting time; the son of a Submarine Commander is a life that few are privileged to experience. Not only was I able to see military life from the inside, but I also saw with my own eyes real examples of sacrifice and honor. The example of my parents formed all their children, and formed me as I moved from grade-school to high-school. As I came upon college I found myself torn between following in my father's footsteps and joining the Navy, and following my childhood desire and entering seminary.
I finally decided that I would try for the "best of both worlds", and in 2005 I approached the diocese of Arlington, where I was living at the time, and inquired about being a Navy Chaplain from the diocese. I was met with enthusiasm and was accepted by the diocese, with the understanding that I would serve as a priest in the Diocese until 2019, at which point I would be released to the United States Navy as a Navy Chaplain. In the Fall of 2006, I began my studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, graduating in 2010, and I continued my studies at Theological College at The Catholic University of America, where I graduated from this past May.
I was ordained, as I said above, on the 7th of June, the eve of the Feast of Pentecost, at St. Thomas More Cathedral. It was at this ordination Mass that Bishop Paul Loverde assigned as the Parochial Vicar at this parish. I believe that God has been guiding my steps throughout my life, and I believe that He has led me here. I look forward to everything that He has in store for me.
God Bless you all,
Father Steven Walker