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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The Turkey Bowl made up a small sliver of TransPac’s Thanksgiving celebration with the first-time effort also multiplying the outreach St. Vincent de Paul can provide to struggling families and individuals this holiday season.

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Catholics tithe and give of themselves year-round at the parish and community levels with sometimes renewed fervor during Thanksgiving and Advent.

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Not every meal at St. Vincent de Paul’s five dining rooms comes from a nonperishable box or a can. More and more of them are fresh from the organization’s own garden.

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Law enforcement officers and firefighters, active and retired, from throughout the Diocese of Phoenix gathered Nov. 6 for the Blue Mass in honor of first responders at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral.

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Eight men prostrated themselves inside Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral Nov. 8 in a gesture of humility and self-donation to the Church. Each had answered God's call to serve as permanent deacons.

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Every child deserves a safe place, whether it's in a parent's arms or a home. Children and young adults who are refugees don't readily have such luxuries.

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Catholic event organizers are taking advantage of perfect weather across the Diocese of Phoenix and first Friday to host a series of options this weekend that celebrate the sacraments — include a deacon ordination — honor members in the community and help the least among us.

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KNIX 102.5FM in partnership with Fulton Homes recently honored a St. John Bosco teacher and an Our Lady of Mount Carmel teacher through its Teacher of the Week program. They each received $300 cash, a custom clock for the classroom and air time during the award presentation.

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Catholics of all ages across the Diocese of Phoenix are celebrating Halloween — the eve of the feast of All Saints Day — and Día de los Muertos. Find out where to wear your costume and see how Catholic schools are marking the occasion.

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The Loreto Sisters who serve in Phoenix, Prescott and Flagstaff eagerly reminisce about the mission they have been on during the 60 years since leaving the Emerald Isle. They have adjusted to so much, but whether it's in a school, the parish or works of mercy in a community, it's all an effort ensuring people know Christ’s love and their love for them.

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