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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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Catholics from throughout Arizona respectfully waited their turn to pray in front of a new statue of St. Kateri Tekakwitha immediately following a July 14 Mass at St. Mary's Basilica celebrating her feast day. Many touched her face, which a bout with smallpox disfigured for much of her life. It cleared up shortly after her death.

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This is one of those stories that was too good to pass up. At 99 years young today, Sr. Mary of the Incarnation Kiernan is the oldest sister belonging to the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.

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Newly ordained priests Grimditch, Kenney and Sperry "consecrated as eternal priests of the new covenant, to preach the Gospel and celebrate the liturgy"

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Phoenix’s two bishops blessed separate stained glass windows inside the Virginia G. Piper Chapel at the Diocesan Pastoral Center within a week of each other. The new windows depicting Blessed Fra Angelicao and Blessed Junipero Serra nearly complete the lower level chapel windows that are designated for stained glass.

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Is your car a little dusty? A benefit car wash will offset living costs for a local missionary ready to dedicate next school year to leading retreats for high schoolers. Want to save a life? Three parishes are hosting blood drives. Know a veteran? PBS connects you with a Catholic ministry.

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If you'd like to virtually travel abroad — and have seen enough of Brazil via World Cup coverage — consider catching up with some Brophy and Xavier students who are immersing themselves in other largely Central and South American countries this summer.

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The feast of Blessed Junipero Serra was cause for extra celebration in the Diocese of Phoenix this year. July 1 marked the dedication of a stained-glass window depicting the patron saint of vocations. A day later, the Office of Vocations and Serra Club members throughout the diocese — who pray daily for religious vocations and financially support them — rejoiced in tipping the total number of seminarians out of the 20s to 32.

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One of few people who can say they worked for every bishop in the Diocese of Phoenix’s 45-year history is retiring June 30. Sr. Maria Celia Molina, SNDdeN, has spent the last 16 of those years working with adult faith formation at the diocesan level.

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Catholics from around the Diocese of Phoenix packed into Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral June 28 to witness Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted ordain Kevin Grimditch, Keith Kenney and Scott Sperry to the order of priests.

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The latest stained glass window to be installed and blessed inside the chapel at the Diocesan Pastoral Center depicts another saint whose canonization St. John Paul II advanced. This time, the artwork portrays an artist.

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