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Epiphany – January 15, 2024

Jacob Imam talks about the College of St. Joseph. Deborale Richardson-Phillips talks about her new position as President of Loyola High School.


Segment 1

Jacob Imam talks about the College of St. Joseph.


Founder, VP of Finance, College of St. Joseph the Worker.

Jacob Imam was born into a Muslim home, and converted to Catholicism under the guidance of his godfather, Walter Hooper (C. S. Lewis’s personal secretary). He graduated from the University of Oxford as a Marshall scholar with his masters and doctorate, writing his dissertation on theology and economics. As a popular speaker and writer on politics and economics, he has appeared on Pints with Aquinas, Fox News, and other media outlets. He and his wife, Alice, have three young children.

Learn more about the College of St. Joseph here: College of St. Joseph

Segment 2

Deborale Richardson-Phillips talks about her new position as President of Loyola High School.


When Dr. Deborale Richardson-Phillips arrives at Loyola High School on the northwest side of Detroit on July 1, 2024, she will make history by becoming the first female and first African American president in Loyola High School’s illustrious 30-years of preparing “Men for Others, Men for Detroit.” 

Richardson-Phillips brings to Loyola High School a wealth of value-based leadership experience in both the educational and corporate sectors. Most recently, she was Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the prestigious Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, where she created the school’s first-ever DEI strategic plan; collaborated with Office Advancement on stewardship efforts, including an increase in giving by alumni of color; and taught African American history, among many other contributions. Her 25 years of corporate and educational experience also includes leadership positions at FirstEnergy in Akron, Ohio and at Case Western University and Cuyahoga Community College, respectively.

Richardson-Phillips earned both a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Human Development and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware. She also received a B.A. in Political Science/Sociology from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina and is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Theology from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

A person of deep faith throughout her life, Richardson-Phillips converted to Catholicism as an adult and has embraced the Catholic faith ever since. While working with the young men at St. Ignatius in Cleveland, she saw first-hand the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit and is passionate about strengthening the faith formation of the young men at Loyola.

Deborale and her husband, Kirk, are excited about the move to the Motor City. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Nathan and Monét, who reside in Los Angeles, CA.

Visit Loyola High School here: Loyola

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