Ambria Hammel

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Ambria Hammel, staff writer, began serving The Catholic Sun diocesan newspaper via writing and photography in 2006. For story ideas, email ahammel@catholicsun.org or call (602) 354-2134.

The countdown til World Youth Day 2016 is officially on. Pilgrims will populate Poland July 25-31.

It’s a faith-filled recipe for growth — spiritual, intellectual and personal — that both children and their parents want to try again and again, even beyond the standard five-day format.

Alison Dunn, an art teacher four times over at Xavier College Preparatory, will be the keynote speaker at the Congressional Art Competition in Washington, D.C. June 23.

In honor of Father's Day, here are some fatherly things/links to keep at your fingertips.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted admitted Nathaniel Glenn and Gabriel Terrill as candidates for priestly ordination during Mass at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, meaning they have four years of academic, spiritual and practical preparation ahead of them.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted ordained four men — Fr. Sheunesu Bowora, Fr. Dan Connealy, Fr. Ryan Lee and Fr. David Loeffler — to the priesthood June 11.

Franciscan Brother Mario Vasquez, who spent most of his 55 years with the order at the Franciscan Renewal Center — the Casa — in Scottsdale tending to the garden and the people, died.

Catholics know this year’s buzz word, but grasping the concept of mercy beyond the confessional can be tough.

A full water bottle can quench someone's thirst. An empty one can still sustain body and soul.

Jesuit Father Edward Reese is stepping down as president of Brophy College Preparatory shortly after the May 21 graduation.

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