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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CHANDLER — Sixty years ago, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill opened a small Catholic school serving mostly migrant and farming families. Today, families from all over the East Valley choose Seton Catholic Preparatory for its strong Catholic values and rigorous academics.

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If you’re discerning ways to get involved in helping your neighbors in big and small ways — whether it’s Oct. 25 or a different day — here are some opportunities to consider.

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As Veterans’ Day approaches, Church leaders are planning ways to honor veterans and actively serving military, but they’re also developing ways to ensure veterans experience the spiritual healing that eludes many.

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A newly established Arizona Catholic Schools Fund for Disabled Students allows schools to better serve students with a range of learning disabilities, physical or mobility challenges, blindness and low vision or who are hearing impaired.

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Fernando Camou, a seminarian for the Diocese of Phoenix, counted himself among 43 seminarians from Rome’s Pontifical North American College who were ordained to the transitional diaconate inside St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 2.

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There are some things I learned about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton over the years. Somehow, her official patronage, granted in 1977, escaped me. It's a fairly honorable title given her maternal role.

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Grant Goodman, a Brophy College Preparatory graduate and one-time parishioner at Corpus Christi in Ahwatukee, is following the lead of St. Francis of Assisi. He joined the Cap Corps and is serving at a U.S. school that focuses on environmental justice and sustainability.

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The André House of Hospitality west of downtown Phoenix is about to turn 30. Its outreach began with evening meals for homeless guests and expanded in response to need for clothes, transitional housing, showers and other services.

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The unified voices and various instruments of a church’s choir gather us in and send us forth. Their melodies lift Catholic hearts on a journey through the Bible and place them at the heavenly banquet.

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A new 13-episode series featuring Catholics across the United States and Canada who have returned or converted to the Catholic Church has connections to the Diocese of Phoenix.

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