Ambria Hammel

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

The first Friday of the 2015 Lenten season had local Catholics reflecting on death and its prevention for the countless immigrants longing for U.S. soil.

It might sound like a hard thing to do: pray for prisoners. It isn’t. Inmates who live in jail for any amount of time are people just like you and me.


Music is a vital part of the heavily Christian, tiny island of Tonga. Children throughout the Diocese of Phoenix make up half the choir and lead the prayers of the faithful during the monthly Tongan Mass in Tempe.

Need some ideas for praying or acting through Lent? Here is what has passed through our inboxes and news feeds lately.

The second semester of events for the catechetical year is in full swing. Take a look at some of your Catholic event options.

A parade of people stepped up to the plate long before Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares ever took the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Jan. 22.

More than 1,000 students, teachers and parents filled a muddy lawn at the State Capitol Jan. 28. Their purpose and energy were far more solid.

Meditating on Jesus throughout the day is a privilege extended to Catholic school students and the key to holiness.

When Fr. Rob Clements, pastor and director of the All Saints Catholic Newman Center, handed over the architectural plans to Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, it signaled completion of a 15-year-old dream to build more efficient space for worship and fellowship.

Hundreds of young Catholics throughout the Diocese of Phoenix showed their love for life in its earliest stage Jan. 23.


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