SCOTTSDALE — Fr. Don Calloway, MIC had a message for the more than 1,100 people who packed into the DoubleTree Resort Aug. 21-23 for a three-day Marian Conference. “We need Our Lady in a big way, probably more than we’ve ever needed her before.” He referred to “so-called gay marriage” and the series of recent videos casting light on the trafficking of unborn body parts by employees of Planned Parenthood, calling the organization “a bastion of evil, it is a place of darkness and death.” He also praised the effort that saw over 300 protests earlier that morning against Planned Parenthood.

Thousands attended rallies throughout the country in response to a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs from aborted children.

MESA — After having been accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) last spring, Benedictine University at Mesa is launching its athletic program this fall. While students were able to participate in club sports in previous years, being accepted into an athletic association allows the university to formally compete against other institutions.

Backpack, supplies and clothing drives often equip students in need for the new school year. A massive amount of corporate and civic groups pooled their resources to give 16 students what might be called a pair of back-to-school homes. Their makeovers were unveiled Aug. 6-7 as eight residents in each two-story home near Seventh Street and Camelback Road moved back in following a summer with their families.

For the past 50 years St. Louis the King Catholic School has prided itself on forming the mind, body and soul of children. Michael Hoffarth, class of 1973, would add one more word — friendships. “To this day, we still have class reunions,” he said. “When you find similar ideals and beliefs you build friendships for a lifetime.” Hoffarth was joined by a handful of other ’73 graduates during the school’s Golden Jubilee celebration Aug.15 at the parish and school.

With 80 percent of Catholic youth leaving their faith by age 23, the need for Catholic education during the college years has never been more pressing.

When students enter college, they enjoy the opportunity to seek new experiences, develop new friends, and establish their own values.

Arizona State University, with an enrollment that tops 60,000 students, is fertile ground for the New Evangelization and continuing spiritual formation.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted shared his mission with a gathering of 143 faithful from the North Deanery at the annual Blessings and Beers event held in Flagstaff Aug. 8.

A one-stop shop for quality higher education in social work is on the way. An agreement between a small, four-year Catholic college and the area’s largest public community college among a 10-campus system will come to life when its first cohort of students begin class in a few weeks. The College of St. Scholastica forged a partnership with Mesa Community College to strengthen its Arizona presence and offer continuity for social work students interested in pursuing a four-year degree.


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