Ambria Hammel

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Ambria Hammel is the staff writer for The Catholic Sun. She began reporting for the award-winning newspaper in 2006.

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Fr. Timothy Hirten was a political science major and basketball star of the '70s at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He went on to play for several teams in several countries then pursued the priesthood and double duty as a military chaplain.

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Vinhson Nguyen, a seminarian for the Diocese of Phoenix, recently moved to Rome to finish preparing for the priesthood. Take a look at some orientation photos. Plus, connect to bios of all of our seminarians including many of the 12 new ones.

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Thousands of students are settling in to new rules and classroom procedures this month. Yet for the 14,000 or so in 35 Catholic elementary and high schools across the Diocese of Phoenix, there’s something familiar that unites them.

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It seems that making a non-animated movie without an abundance of adult language and relationships or excessive violence is a tall order for Hollywood, but it’s one that “When the Game Stands Tall” (Sony Pictures) successfully tackles.

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Valley Youth Theatre’s production of “West Side Story,” which runs through Aug. 24 at Herberger Theater, is also a Catholic school theater story of sorts.

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It’s hard to become a change agent within a 109-year-old organization, but Larry Becker just might have the insight and guidance of the Holy Spirit to do it.

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While we know the Catholic church has a global reach, it's not always as easy to feel when we're in the same parish and pew every week. Check out some one-time Phoenix-area Catholics who are doing great things for the Church.

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If you travel the state somewhat, or at least sporadically on weekend getaways, you might want to hear what four Catholic men want to bring to Payson, Ariz.

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Phoenix police are processing evidence at St. Catherine of Siena School following the Aug. 1 theft of copper connected to five air conditioning units. Damage is estimated at up to $6,000 per unit.

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A school’s auditorium or performing arts theatre is far removed from the lights of Broadway, but that doesn’t mean its theatrical production can’t rival it in quality. At least that's judging by this year's student theatre awards.

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