Please Pray for the Health of Phil Sievers St. Thomas Newsroom January 16, 2014 Please keep Phil Sievers, adjunct faculty member in Special and Gifted Education, in your prayers for a speedy recovery. Sievers went into the hospital unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 13. On Jan. 14 he underwent surgery for a mass on his brain. About 90 percent of the mass was removed during surgery. He has shown some responsiveness after surgery, but he is still sedated. Messages can be left for Sievers on his Caring Bridge website.