The People of St. Philip Catholic Church

Our Mission: We, the people of St. Philip Catholic Church, as disciples of Jesus Christ, joyfully celebrate the Eucharist as a community and share and proclaim the Word of God to our neighbors.

Guided by the traditions of the past and with a clear focus on our future, St. Philip strives to retain the vision of those early families who struggled to bring the Catholic faith to Franklin by reaching out to the community. Today, St. Philip Catholic Church continues to do so as one of Franklin’s most dynamic Christian churches.

Our Priests

Father Bala Showraiah,

Office: 615-550-2832

Our pastor’s full name is Marneni Bala Showraiah. Father Bala is the third of seven children of Chinnaiah (which means “Peter”) & Teresa. He was born on June 10, 1962 at Dharmaram in India. As a priest he worked in the mission areas of India and lived in Dharmaram and Hyderabad. He loves charismatic preaching and reading of the Bible. In 1976 entered the Franciscan seminary; made his simple vows in 1982 and his final vows in 1987. 

Fr. Nick Allen,
Associate Pastor

Office: 615-550-2830

I grew up in Nashville and graduated from Overton High School.  After high school I attended Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans and then stayed in New Orleans to prepare for the priesthood at Notre Dame Seminary.  In 2008 Bishop David Choby ordained me and since then I have served in many ministries around the Diocese.  I love working with the youth and enjoy teaching.  In my free time I enjoy reading and cooking.

I am very happy to be here and look forward to serving the St. Philip Community.  Know you are all in my prayers and I ask for yours as well.

God Bless.

Deacons & Staff


Rev. Mr. Rafael Bougrat

Rev. Mr. Paul Brancheau


Mariana Aparcana
Cash Receipts & Records Analyst

John Angotti
Director of Music & Liturgy


Loran Dosen

Val Fernandes
Accounts Payable/Payroll & Project Analyst

Lesley Hamilton
Administrative Assistant, Learning Center

Lesley Hamilton
Administrative Assistant, Learning Center

Maria Herrera
Administrative Assistant, Religious Education

Tricia Keef
Bookstore Assistant Manager

Kim Leisinger
Director of Administration

Michaela Miller
Assistant Director of Formation of the Young Church

Marianne Reeves
Bulletin Editor

Susan Skinner
Adult Faith Formation & RCIA

Helen Simpson
Formation Assistant

Julianne Staley
Director of Formation of the Young Church
(Grades 7-12+)


Gabriela Tinoco
Financial Services Coordinator

Greg Walton
Electronic Evangelization

Karen Williams
Learning Center Director

Ana Zarraga
Pastoral Associate

Parish Council

Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson

Paolo Motta,

Administration & Finance

Mike Ren,

Building & Grounds

Carol Brown,


Paolo Motta,

Community Collaboration

Sarah Murphy,
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Discipleship Council

Pat Thompson,


John Paul Palelil,

Education & Formation

Jean Marie Weir,

Hispanic Ministry

Miguel Valadez & Maria Perez,

Knights of Columbus

Tim Healy,

Men’s Club

Matt Brzica,

Neighborhood Groups

Laura Brancheau,
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Parish & Family Life

Mark Kochamba,

Social Action

Chris Nelson,

Women of St. Philip

Barb Weller,

Worship & Spirituality

Patrick Bentley,

Finance Board

Finance Board Chairperson

Thomas Moore,

Board Members

Joe St. Lawrence
Mike Ren
Ed Scott
Steve Tisdell
Declan Weir

Administration & Finance Page

Discipleship Council

Discipleship Council Chairperson

Pat Thompson,

Council Members

Lori Bedock
Dave Bilger
Deacon Paul Brancheau
Buddy Campos
Israel Cordero
Carol Guthrie
Paul Hannigan
Father Fred Klettner
Edme Mendez
Dorothy Nichols
Ainish Palelil
John Paul Palelil
Maria Perez
Pat Thompson
Ellen Marie Tutaj
George Tutaj

Discipleship Council Page


Proverbs 29:18 says that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.
~Elbert Hubbard

During the Parish Pastoral Council Retreat in January of 2017, the desire was expressed to do a thorough review of our work as a parish, and earnestly seek where God is calling us to be in the next 5-10 years. Because of this, the Rev. Ashley Abarca-Mitchell was invited to share about her work using the Appreciative Inquiry model with healthy parishes as a new approach to Visioning and Strategic planning.

She proposed that that during our time together we would focus on a healthy parish model set forth in Acts 2:42-47 modeling fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism. Our process work would focus on:

a. Clarity of mission and vision- the why
b. Authentic community
c. Communication

This would require 3 months of high intensity work on behalf of a leadership team and the entire parish and 12-60 months of implementation.

Prayer is first and foremost. We must begin with prayer- for the leadership team and the entire parish. During the first 30 days, we met with Priests, staff, leadership teams and core groups to ask questions, build relationships and gain insight into the questions we needed ask during our visioning sessions.

Below is a full report of the process

Sanctus Report