Br. Philip Degagne entered the Marist Novitiate in 1948. He professed his first vows on July 26, 1949. After completing a BA in Spanish at Marist College, he began his teaching career at St Helena High School in Bronx, NY in 1953. He also served as a teacher at St. Joseph High School in Laredo, TX (1959-1973) and at St. Augustine High School, Laredo, TX (1973-1985). Since 1985, he has served as part of the staff of San Martin De Porres Parish in Laredo, TX.
He earned an MAin Spanish from InterAmerican University in 1962 and professed his Final Vows on August 22, 1954 as well as the Vow of Stability in August 1966.
Over 300 people in Laredo, TX on July 22nd, 2018 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary Jubilee for Br. Phillip Degagne. The mayor of Laredo gave Br. Philip a key to the city for his many years of dedicated service to the people of Laredo.