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.

Officials at St. Francis Cemetery and Mortuary in Phoenix cleaned up and fixed the Paolo Perazzo Vault that contains the bodies of seven extended family members. Fr. Chuck Kieffer, at left, blessed the family vault Feb. 19 in a private ceremony with five descendants in attendance.

One of the three comedians sharing the mic at an upcoming benefit says he is committed to “comedy that won’t leave a filthy residue.”

Fr. Thomas Boyle, a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix, and retired pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Wickenburg, died March 12 of kidney failure. He was 84.

The first time St. Mary’s High School hosted its own Lenten Rice Bowl collection might feature one of the biggest “bowls” Catholic Relief Services has seen in its 40-year history.

Franciscan Father Alonso de Blas, who split much of his priesthood among St. Mary’s High School, St. Mary’s Basilica and the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, passed away March 6. He was 75.

There are some big events going on this weekend throughout the Diocese of Phoenix. Have you made plans for any of them?

Becoming Catholic doesn’t mean that life’s battles will cease. The newly baptized and confirmed will have some strong partners on their side though.

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.


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