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 idea of a Catholic high school to serve the West Valley finally has tangible signs of reality.


Find simple ideas of ways the Church — parishes, schools, affiliated ministries — can be more inclusive of those with physical/mental limitations.

The tournament provides a platform for top nationally ranked high school basketball teams to play one another.

Music education remains a budgeted item at local Catholic schools thanks to a longstanding donor who believes in its power and to administrators who feel the same way.

A group of Ahwatukee moms brought some early Easter joy to children whose mothers or other caretakers struggle to provide.

They’ve depleted the budget and that “to do” list of projects that can’t be ignored keeps growing.

Bachelor and doctorate-level nursing programs are launching soon in the Diocese of Phoenix at Saint Xavier University and College of St. Scholastica, respectively.

“In jiu-jitsu, if you give of yourself to make others stronger, you become strong," Melissa Veselovsky said. Being strong in spirit inspires you to give back, she said.

One man’s Year of Mercy commitment to feed the hungry has quickly become a parish effort with volunteers booked several months in advance.

Fr. Thomas Weible was among the pool of priests who local Catholics got to know only in retirement, but his lifetime of priestly ministry impacted countless in at least five countries including several U.S. states.


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