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 of all ages across the Diocese of Phoenix are celebrating Halloween — the eve of the feast of All Saints Day — and Día de los Muertos. Find out where to wear your costume and see how Catholic schools are marking the occasion.

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The Loreto Sisters who serve in Phoenix, Prescott and Flagstaff eagerly reminisce about the mission they have been on during the 60 years since leaving the Emerald Isle. They have adjusted to so much, but whether it's in a school, the parish or works of mercy in a community, it's all an effort ensuring people know Christ’s love and their love for them.

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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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