Plenary Indulgences for the Year of Faith

Plenary Indulgences for the Year of Faith

The Holy Father has allowed the granting of plenary indulgences for the faithful during the Year of Faith at places and dates determined by the local bishop.

The Year of Faith, which Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed would begin this past October, calls Catholics to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with Him.

The Year of Faith, which Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed would begin this past October, calls Catholics to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with Him.

An indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment for sin the guilt of which is already forgiven, which a properly disposed member of the Christian faithful obtains under certain conditions. (Canon 992) A Plenary indulgence totally frees the soul from temporal punishment due to sin. (Canon 993).

Between now and the end of the Year of Faith (Nov. 24, 2013), plenary indulgences can be obtained by members of the faithful in the Diocese of Phoenix by visiting one of the following historic Churches and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father (an Our Father and a Hail Mary).

Indulgences may also be obtained by attending Mass or the Liturgy of the Hours at any sacred place in the diocese and making a Profession of Faith on feast days of American saints listed below.

The person seeking the indulgence must have received sacramental confession and Holy Communion within a week of the visit. Further, in order for the indulgence to be plenary and not partial, the individual must be free from sin (even venial). Only one plenary indulgence may be gained on a day.

Indulgences may be gained by visits to these churches*:

Feast days for indulgences:

  • Jan. 4 (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
  • Jan. 5 (St. John Neumann)
  • Jan. 23 (St. Marianne Cope)
  • March 3 (St. Katherine Drexel)
  • May 10 (St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai)
  • July 1 (Blessed Junipero Serra)
  • July 14 (St. Kateri Tekawitha)
  • Oct. 3 (St. Mother Theodore Guerin)
  • Oct. 19 (North American Martyrs)
  • Oct. 22 (Blessed John Paul II)
  • Oct. 28 (Sts. Simon and Jude)
  • Nov. 6 (Blesseds Eduardo Farre and Lucas Tristany)
  • Nov. 13 (St. Francis Cabrini)
  • Nov. 18 (St. Rose Philippine Duschesne)

Granted on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2012.

— Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

*For maps to these locations:

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was installed as the fourth bishop of Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2003. Since 1974, Bishop Thomas James Olmsted has been a member of the Jesus Caritas fraternity of priests, and thus has been deeply influenced by the witness and wisdom of Charles de Foucauld and by the prayers and encouragement of many brother priests. For 16 years, Bishop Olmsted lived in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a master’s dgree in theology, a doctorate in Canon Law, and worked more than nine years in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. During the nine years of serving in the Holy See, he resided at the Pontifical North American College and assisted seminarians with spiritual direction. Having been reared on a family farm on the Kansas-Nebraska border, he attended a single-room grade school near Oketo, Kan., and a small rural high school in Summerfield, Kan. His first contact with Catholic schools came when he entered St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver, Colo., from which he graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.


  1. i would like a list of the churches to visit to obtain plenary indulgence. Is the association of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, MO on the list? Thanks and God Bless

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