Interfaith Memorial Service Commemorating January 8 Shootings


Candles placed in the Baptistry at St. Philip’s commemorating the six who were killed and the fourteen who were injured on January 8, 2011. Photo by Greta Huls.

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On January 8, 2015, the four-year anniversary of the shootings in Tucson in which six were killed and fourteen others injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church will host a special interfaith prayer service at 7 p.m. in the Murphey Gallery. The service will include prayers and readings from a variety of faiths and cultures, augmented with musical meditations. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and guest readers from the Tucson community will lead us to consider ways we are in community with one another, moving to hope and action. The service is being sponsored by St. Philip’s Committee for the Prevention of Gun Violence.

All in the Tucson community are invited to attend.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.


Pipes, Pedals, and Virtuosos

Woosug Kang at organOn Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church, St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents Woosug Kang, organ: Pipes, Pedals and Virtuosos: Famous and Less-Known Corners of the Organ World. The gifted and versatile director of music at St. Philip’s, who also guides the largest Royal School of Church Music training program for young choristers in the Southwestern U.S., gives an evening of organ selections. Well known for his unerring musical instinct, authenticity, finesse and technical prowess, Kang is a doctoral candidate in organ performance at Indiana University. Proceeds from this concert with benefit the 2016 United Kingdom Choral Residency in Worchester, England by St. Philip’s youth choir.

The suggested concert admission is $20 per person. The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events. For more information click here or call 520.222.7277

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

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The St. Nicholas Choir



Organist and choral conductor Woosug Kang originally comes from Auckland, New Zealand. He is the Director of Music at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson where he leads a large and vibrant music program with six adult-, children’s- and mixed voice choral ensembles. He is responsible for all musical activities including the First Sunday Music Series, where major choral works with orchestra are performed within the liturgy monthly. He also began the Canterbury Apprentice program for changed voices to educate young singers with high caliber choral repertoire. Mr. Kang guides the largest Royal School of Church Music training program for young choristers in the Southwestern US.

Mr. Kang is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied organ performance with Dr. Larry Smith and Todd Wilson. He received minors in Music History and in Church Music. Mr. Kang received numerous prizes and scholarships during his academic pursuits. While studying at Auckland University in New Zealand he held the position of Belinda Godfrey Organ Scholar at the Auckland Cathedral of Holy Trinity, where he was responsible for accompanying regular sung masses and choral evensongs. He also worked as organist for the famed Auckland-based choir Musica Sacra, accompanying the choir for concerts, concert tours, monthly Evensongs, live radio broadcasts, TV broadcasts and the production of their first two CDs. While he was completing his Master of Music degree at Yale University he founded the choir for the Episcopal Church at Yale. Mr. Kang is a founder of Friends of Music at Emanuel, Inc., a non-profit organization in Connecticut focused on enriching the community through musical concerts. Mr. Kang has also served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Arizona School of Music, where he instructed students in organ performance.

Mr. Kang is active as an organ recitalist in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and the UK with venues including Truro Cathedral, UK; the Trinity Church in Boston; St. Philip’s Cathedral, Atlanta, Georgia; Princeton University Chapel; and St. Thomas Fifth Ave, New York City, NY.

Advent Quiet Day

Advent is often described as a season of waiting. Advent waiting is not passive, because this is a time of year pregnant with anticipation!

St. Philip’s has many special services and other events during Advent! Click here for a schedule in pdf form. The Advent Quiet Day on December 6 are described below.


teresaOn Saturday, December 6, St. Philip’s will host an Advent Quiet Day entitled “Teresa of Avila: Mentor for the Ages.” The retreat begins at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and includes lunch. This spacious and renewing day will include talks, prayer, music and time for reflection and contemplation.

Teresa of Jesus, OCD, known by many as Teresa of Avila, was a prominent 16th century Spanish mystic, saint, Carmelite nun, theologian, and church reformer. Through the past 500 years, the faithful across countless Christian traditions have been inspired by Teresa’s life of prayer and reform. In 2015, a group of St. Philip’s will begin a Pilgrimage to Spain in Avila, exploring her spirituality in the place of her birth. This day will appeal to all who yearn for an intentional day of spirituality in the midst of the Advent Season. Pilgrims planning to travel to Spain in 2015 will also find this day inspiring. (To learn more about the  pilgrimage to Spain, click here.)

  • Morning Retreat Talk: Teresa’s Life: Guideposts for a Whole and Happy Life. This talk will offer a brief history of Teresa’s life and Ministry, explore the universal Christian appeal of her writings and practices, and consider the many titles by which Teresa has come to be known and revered.
  • Afternoon Retreat Talk: Teresa and Prayer: The Call to Carmel Is a Call to Prayer. This talk will explore the centrality of Teresa’s contemplative prayer practice.

This Advent day of prayer and reflection will be led by the Rev. Dr. Ivan Cormac Marsh, O. Carm, a Carmelite priest of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary since 1978 and now residing in Tucson. Over the years, Father Ivan has been involved in parish ministry, Carmelite retreat ministry and as spiritual director. Father Ivan lectures, gives retreats to laity and clergy around the United States, and has taught also in Canada in the area of spiritual direction.

$25.00 retreat fee includes materials and lunch. Contact the Rev. Greg Foraker or call 299-6421 to register. If you have not registered by Thursday, December 4, you may register the morning of the retreat.