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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Cristofer Pereyra has been working for the Hispanic community of Phoenix since 2000. More than a year and a half ago, he added championing the Catholic Hispanic community to his résumé as host and producer at En Familia Radio.

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The presence of Congregation of Holy Cross priests was a mainstay through it all. This month, André House welcomed Fr. Tom Doyle as its new executive director.

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The Bible had it right. "And a child shall lead them." Read how one Catholic family found a 9/11 remembrance a stark reminder of the presence of the Church in our culture today."

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With the fall semester well underway, athletes at local Catholic schools are taking to the court, field and sidelines — can't forget spiritline — many nights a week. Take a look at related headlines including when to catch one game on TV.

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A new 13-episode series featuring Catholics across the U.S. and Canada who have returned or converted to the Catholic Church has connections to the Diocese of Phoenix. EWTN Live previews it tonight. The weekly series begins Sept. 4.

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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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