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Born in 1912 in Cysoing, in northern France, Marie Dominique Philippe came from a large family, eighth in a family of twelve children, whose prayerfulness played an important role for him, and his siblings.  Indeed, seven of whom entered religious life.  His passion as a youngster was mathematics.  Nevertheless, he entered the Dominican Order in 1930, in the footsteps of his older brother,  Father Thomas, and largely influenced by his Dominican uncle, Father Peter Thomas Dehau.  He made his religious profession in 1931, and was ordained to the ministerial priesthood on July 14, 1936.

Fr. Philippe was sent as a professor to the (Pontifical, Dominican) University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in 1945, where he taught full time until 1982.  Although preoccupied with what he believed God was asking of him through his religious community, his teaching/preaching "career" afforded him a variety of enriching encounters with the likes of persons such as theologians Marie-Dominique Chenu, O.P. and Henri De Lubac, S.J., artists George Rouault and Paul Claudel, thinkers Etienne Gilson and Jean Guitton, and scientists, politicians, religious leaders and psychoanalysts..