For four men of the Diocese of Phoenix, June 11 will mark a day of both ending and new beginnings. That’s because their years of seminary study and formation are over. They’ll enter St. Thomas Aquinas Parish that day as transitional deacons and leave as ordained priests after Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted imposes hands on them.
On May 7, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 5:45 a.m. after spending 117 days in session. In total, almost 1,400 pieces of legislation were introduced with just over 400 of them becoming law.
Growing up in Phoenix as one of 10 children, Aurora Hernandez experienced firsthand the struggles of poverty. Her father worked for a meat company, and she and her siblings shoveled manure and cleaned out the animal pens. Her mother made dresses for the girls out of old flour sacks.