February 23, 1907
July 11, 2004
The Monsignor Hugh J. Phillips Prize is given to the member of the freshman class who has attained the highest average. Founded by the late Monsignor Louis J. Mendelis, S.T.D., LL.D., C’24, in appreciation of the services of Monsignor Hugh J. Phillips, M.A., president emeritus.
The Tourism Council of Frederick County (TCFC) and the preexisting Catoctin Mountains Tourist Council (CMTC) have erected a memorial at the Mason & Dixon Discovery Center on US15 recognizing the leadership of the late Monsignor Hugh J. Phillips in establishing the original Maryland Welcome Center on US15 in 1982. Msgr. Phillips was a former president of Mount Saint Mary's and longtime chaplain of the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, which he restored as a major attraction for visitors from around the world. He was a great champion of early Frederick County tourism efforts.
Shown unveiling the marker in conjunction with the new Center's ribbon cutting are: Emmitsburg Commissioners President Chris Staiger, Irene Powell, Mt. St. Mary's president Dr. Thomas Powell, Grotto Administrative Assistant Carol Spoonhour, Grotto Chaplain Fr. Jack Lombardi, Del. Rick Weldon, Emmitsburg Mayor Jim Hoover, Del. Paul Stull, Mike Irons (CMTC & TCFC Boards), TCFC Director John Fieseler, Sen. David Brinkley, Andy Waskie (Gen. Meade), and MD Transportation Secretary Robert Flanagan.