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LAVEEN — Br. Peter Teresa McConnell, FHS, the last of seven founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit, became a deacon this month in a ceremony that also marked the latest milestone for the steadily growing religious community filling the long unmet spiritual needs of Native Americans in the Diocese of Phoenix.
The Phoenix is an allegorical bird that regenerates itself. Though it dies, it rises again from its own bones. The city of Phoenix was so named because there was once an ancient civilization that prospered in the desert but it was abandoned. Nonetheless, that desert civilization was reborn and we now call it home.
It was a pivotal day for the "public association of the faithful."
With his ordination to the priesthood June 3, Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt, FHS, marked a major milestone for himself and his community: he was the first of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit to be ordained a priest.
LAVEEN — Br. Athanasius Fornwalt, FHS, spent his Thanksgiving break during his last semester at Catholic University of America being ordained a deacon at St. John the Baptist Parish in Laveen.
At a time prayer is desperately needed to address the world’s ills, organizers of the 41st annual Arizona Rosary Celebration hailed the event as the latest evidence that the Rosary continues to experience a resurgence among Catholics.
Even though the Year of Mercy will end next month, organizers of the 41st annual Arizona Rosary Celebration wanted to remind the faithful that there is still time to commemorate the jubilee year.
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