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‘Breakthrough Day’ as final founding member of Franciscan community in Laveen...

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.

Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

At her canonization in 2012, Pope Benedict XVI prayed, “St. Kateri, protectress of Canada and the first Native American saint, we entrust to you the renewal of the faith in the First Nations and in all of North America!”

Solanus Casey beatification affirms Phoenix friars’ presence, paves way for future...

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.

Final founding member of Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit takes...

It was a pivotal day for the "public association of the faithful."

Meet Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt, FHS: First to be ordained for religious...

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.

Bishop ordains three young men to the priesthood

MESA — The Holy Spirit poured out extra gifts for the Diocese of Phoenix on Pentecost weekend: three new priests.

Holy Spirit plays role in June 3 ordination

If anyone wants to witness an outpouring of the Holy Spirit outside of a confirmation Mass, mark your calendars for June 3 when three men will be ordained to the priesthood.

New deacon Br. Athanasius, FHS, hopes to preach Gospel through example

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.

Mary invites us to enter into suffering during Year of Mercy,...

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.

Arizona Rosary Celebration to honor Our Lady of Mercy

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.