Students at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff are in shock after a shooting on the campus left one of their fellow students dead and another three hospitalized.

The first week of the Synod of Bishops on the family featured days of speeches and small group work followed by small group reports Oct. 9 that offered suggestions for improving the first chapter of the working document.

This year the bishop zeroed in on who it is Christ calls the faithful to be.

Dan Connealy, one of two seminarians from the Phoenix Diocese studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, was among 39 seminarians ordained to the diaconate Oct. 1 in Rome.

The eighth annual Friends of the Poor Walk brings together Catholics who support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and benefits the work its nearly 7,000 volunteers at 85 parish-based Vincentian conferences of charity carry out daily to support those in need.

Crosier Father Richard McGuire, who served at St. Andrew the Apostle parish in Chandler since 2005, died Sept. 30.

Fr. Kenneth Kleiber, who was known for his cowboy boots, his dedication to early weekday Masses in Glendale and his service to veterans living in Arizona, has died.

The Synod of Bishops on the family must find ways to give Catholic families a leading role in evangelizing and supporting other families, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told the synod.

Accompanying God's word with a real example or story from someone's life helps people know "the facts, that there are so many other people also having problems" and how Christ offers healing, Maria Gomes told Catholic News Service

A man, who gave more than 40 years of his life to the Church via the diaconate, was called home to heaven. Dcn. Larry Whelan, from San Francisco de Asís Parish in Flagstaff, passed away Sept. 20 following complications from a surgery. He was 81.


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