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Franciscan Brother Mario Vasquez, who spent most of his 55 years with the order at the Franciscan Renewal Center — the Casa — in Scottsdale tending to the garden and the people, died.

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.

Memorial Day is soon upon us. During this time of honoring those who sacrificed their lives in the service of our country, it’s natural for our thoughts to turn to those loved ones we have lost.

John O. Whiteman, a Mesa philanthropist advocating early childhood learning and college success, will address the graduates.

Young Arizona actors will perform select production numbers for a new audience May 21 as they compete for the ASU Gammage High School Musical Awards.

For many middle-class men in suburbia, Saturday afternoon spells a round of golf or professional sports on television. Sean Kelly is not one of them.

The third-grade class at St. Louis the King School in Glendale chipped in to buy a vital gift for one of their newest neighbors.

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.

The Easter season ushers in renewed joy and grace made particularly evident through the sacrament of Confirmation.

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