Mother Phyllis McHugh


Mother Phyllis was born and raised in Philadelphia—a cradle Roman Catholic. She spent 10 years as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth and taught at both the elementary and secondary levels. Mother received her bachelor degree from Holy Family College and after leaving the convent, continued to work as a teacher. She met and married her husband, Chris. This year they celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. She is the mother of one son and a very proud grandmother of two boys. Over the years, Mother Phyllis was heavily involved in lay parish ministry, which led her to study for a Masters degree at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. There she majored in Systematic Theology and minored in Liturgy.


After years of soul-searching, Mother left the Roman Catholic church and became involved in the Independent Catholic movement. She was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2011. As with all ANCC priests, Mother has a day job working in IT tech support. In her spare time, Mother enjoys reading,  playing the oboe and listening to music.