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Dcn. Eduardo Molina (1933-2018): West Valley deacon, patriarch across four generations

West Valley Catholics largely knew Dcn. Eduardo Molina as a devoted husband and father first then as a deacon. He peacefully passed into eternal rest June 12 at the age of 85.

First rector of Casa church dies at 78

Fr. Laurence Dolan, OFM, who served as the first rector of the Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Angels at the Franciscan Renewal Center, or the “Casa” in Scottsdale, passed away May 15.

Dcn. Antonio Chavez (1930-2018): Faith-filled legend in Tolleson community

The community of Blessed Sacrament and the city of Tolleson it serves is now without a living piece of history.

Sr. Margaret Usuka, SNDdeN, (1926-2018) remembered for artistic passion, ability to...

She briefly led a Catholic school in Glendale and supported a library on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation. She also served as a teacher and a servant of the poor in Cincinnati, Chicago, Kenya and Alaska.

Sr. Mary Ernest Rothe, BVM (1927-2018): Lifelong educator spent 71 years...

This California girl may have ranked among the nation’s longest-serving sisters. She spent time at three diocesan schools and a fourth in Tucson.

Fr. Valentine Boyle, OCarm (1920-2018)

His priestly ministry stretched from Illinois to Kansas to a parish, mission, the Native American Reservation and tribunal in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Fr. Silvan Boyle, OCarm (1923-2018)

Fr. Silvan would start telling a story and laugh so hard he wouldn’t finish it.

Don Briel (1947-2018) known as ‘intellectual founder’ of UMary partnership with...

He founded the largest Catholic Studies program at University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. It has since spread to places like University of Mary-Tempe.

Dcn. Scheller (1936-2018): Faithful West Valley deacon with eye for Catholic...

The deacon, father, grandfather and devout Packers fan had many titles, but “most important and most cherished title,” however, was that of “Roman Catholic,” his son, Matthew, said.

Dcn Roy Anderson (1919-2018): devoted dad, faith sharing trailblazer, Vincentian

Dcn. Anderson introduced Small Christian Communities to his Illinois parish and later brought it to St. Daniel. He raised seven children.