New coordinator for Safe Environment Training in Phoenix

The new coordinator for the Phoenix Diocese’s Safe Environment Training Office, Maria Escárcega, is a native of Arizona, is fluent in Spanish and has a background in the field of mental and behavioral health.

Profiles in Mission: Norma Carrillo

Seven years after what was supposed to be a short-term internship through AmericCorps, Norma Carrillo is still at St. Vincent de Paul and helps countless volunteers, especially young children, embrace the idea of service.

Meet Dcn. Jeffrey Strom

Newly ordained Dcn. Jeffrey Strom did not think of becoming a deacon until in recent years, when in the course of a month three different people suggested the role to him. This caught his attention and he started taking steps toward this ordained ministry and the Lord kept opening doors.

Meet Dcn. Stephen Schmidt

From preaching on the front porch to at the pulpit, Dcn. Stephen Schmidt can see God’s hand in it all.

Meet Dcn. Catarino Portillo

It happened 10 years ago at St. Matthew Parish in Phoenix. Dcn. Catarino Portillo and his wife Julia regularly attended the parish where they served in various ministries and participated in a group Bible study.

Meet Dcn. Jim Myers

For Dcn. Jim Myers, the path to the diaconate was filled with little signs nudging him along the way to ordination.

Profiles in Mission: María and Mauricio Avalos

We moved to Arizona in 2003 so as soon as we got here, we started searching for a parish. When we went to St. Margaret’s it just felt like a church in Mexico. It felt like home.

Meet Fr. Vinhson Nguyen: Prayer, spiritual brotherhood paves path to priesthood

What one East Valley boy once filled in the blank with for what he wanted to be when he grew up is now a reality. That’s not to say his path to priesthood was direct.

Meet Fr. John Nahrgang: Catholic convert credits Mary for vocation

For Fr. John Nahrgang, the call to the priesthood came not from a Catholic upbringing, but from the consistent whisper of Mary to his heart.

Former doctor transitions from healing bodies to healing souls as Crosier priest

For the Crosiers’ newest priest, Fr. Alex Juguilon, OSC, holy orders wasn’t on his radar. The 48-year-old former doctor hadn’t even been to a church in three years when he first felt a tugging on his heart.