Religious Staff

We are blessed to have 8 members of the religious community present on our grounds.

Fr. Steven McDonald

Prior & Headmaster

He was ordained in 2001 and was assigned to Post Falls, Idaho for one year, and then was appointed District Secretary. After serving at the Regina Coeli House for four years, he was made prior at Armada, Michigan, a position he held for six years, followed by his appointment as the Second Assistant to the District Superior in 2012. In 2016 he was again assigned temporarily to Immaculate Conception Priory in Post Falls, ID, before resuming his role as Second Assistant, and finally arriving in Phoenix in December, 2017.

He is also the chaplain for the men's Holy Name Society, the Ladies' Auxilliary, and the Children of Mary.

You may have seen Fr. McDonald in the series of videos "Our Catholic Faith Today" produced by the SSPX.

Fr. Jaime Pazat

Church Assistant / Retreat Assistant

Fr. Pazat is a native of Spain, and entered the seminary of Ecône in the mid 1970's. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1981, and was immediately stationed in El Paso, TX. 5 years later, he moved to Phoenix, where he was integral in Our Lady of Sorrows' initial growth and development.  in 1995, he was transferred to St. Mary's, KS for 10 years, and then served as prior and headmaster of St. Anne's in Detroit.

He returned to Phoenix for his second tour in the Fall of 2017, where he serves as Fr. McDonald's primary assistant, hearing Confessions in Spanish for the local community, and guides the local organization for older faithful - Nunc Dimittis.

Fr. Kevin Robinson

Retreat Master / Church Assistant - Mission: Las Vegas, NV

Ordained at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, MN in 1991, Fr. Robinson, a native of Australia, has vast missionary and international experience.  Recently celebrating 25 years of the priesthood, Fr. Robinson has served in 4 countries, with missionary work in more than 20 nations, including China.

His main role at Our Lady of Sorrows is managing, organizing, and preaching the 10+ Ignatian, Marian, Virtues, and Marriage retreats, while serving as church assistant. He also is the local chaplain for the Third order of the SSPX.

Fr. Otto Keiser

School Principal - Mission: Prescott, AZ

A native of the southeast, Fr. Keiser was ordained in Winona, MN in 2013. Immediately after his ordination, he was stationed in St. Cloud, MN, overseeing the schools in that area. In Fall, 2016, he was transferred to Phoenix in order to help manage Our Lady of Sorrows' Academy. Together with the headmaster, he leads the spiritual formation and religious curriculum of the academy.

He is also the chaplain for the altar server's guild - the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen - and for the Young Adult's Group.

Fr. Peter Kallal

Assistant - Mission: Albuquerque

Fr. Kallal, from St. Louis, MO, was ordained in the summer of 2017 in only the second class of the new St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Virginia. He is experiencing the priestly life in his first post at Our Lady of Sorrows. He serves as a church assistant, teaches classes at the Academy, and assists the prior and retreat master in various duties.

He also has taken on the role of chaplain for the local children's Eucharistic Crusade organization.

Fr. David Phillipson


Fr. Phillipson's story is certainly unique among most priests in the SSPX. Raised Catholic in the Diocesan church, he attend Fordham University, and developed a connection to the American Southwest after several visits here during his time at university. After 11 years, he entered Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Maryland, and was eventually stationed as a priest in the Archidiocese of Santa Fe.

An intellectual, he began to dive deeper into the history of the traditional teachings of the Church, and entered the SSPX Priests' Training Program. After more than a year of supplemental study, learning the traditions, and the Latin Mass, he made his vows into the SSPX in 2017.

Brother Alphonsus

Sacristan and Landscaping

Brother Dismas

Maintenance and Scheduling