Five years after leaving his native country of Congo, Celestin and his family of eight arrived in Arizona July 24 as refugees. Two months later the former secondary school teacher was still without a job.
The sounds of native drumming and the sight of groups of matachin dancers performing in their Aztec inspired and regional costumes greeted the thousands of faithful as they arrived at the Phoenix Convention Center for the 38th Annual Arizona Rosary Celebration Oct. 13.
Find photos that fellow seminarians and others took during an Oct. 3 diaconate ordination. Some 41 men, including Phoenix's Kevin Grimditch, were ordained deacons and will continue another year of formation for the priesthood. Grimditch joins transitional Deacons Keith Kenny and Scott Sperry as Phoenix's candidates for priestly ordination in June.
TEMPE — Catholics and others committed to the pro-life cause gathered at more than 100 gravesites and memorial sites for the first National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children Sept. 14.
Students at Bourgade Catholic High School finally have access to one of the oldest buildings on campus — the Hillmann Center— and they have a new hall to go with it. The project also revamped the chapel in a neighboring structure.
Members of a group known as Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona helped organize a legislative summit Sept. 13 at the Arizona State Senate. Eight speakers — including Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares — addressed a crowded hearing room regarding both the costs and the justice of the death penalty.
Fr. David Sanfilippo, vicar for priests, sings during a special Mass to formally welcome newly arrived priests and religious Sept. 11. (Ambria Hammel/CATHOLIC...
Pope Francis met with Vatican officials Sept. 10 to hear their questions and suggestions about his ongoing reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.
Standing up with faith communities in support of migrants who cross the border illegally has long been an interreligious effort in southern Arizona. During a five-day Social Action Summer Institute at the University of Arizona in June, Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Archbishop Jose Ulises Macias Salcedo of Hermosillo, Mexico, and current and former leaders of Protestant, Jewish and Episcopal congregations laid out what motivates their efforts and how their communities take on different aspects of aiding and advocating for immigrants.
CAMP VERDE — A new partnership with a local pastor brought a distinctively Catholic voice to a nearly 40-year-old Christian home for adults with developmental disabilities.