Former Jehovah’s Witness turned deacon bids farewell to local Catholics

Deacon Jim Mickens, who touched the hearts of many Catholic singles in the Diocese of Phoenix, said farewell Jan. 27. Ongoing health problems forced him and his wife, Janice, to move closer to his wife's family in Pennsylvania.

Most Holy Trinity dedicates memorial site

The word “surprise” characterizes key parts of a new memorial site at Most Holy Trinity Parish, most especially the 4-year-old it honors. SOLT Father Brady...

Dr. Vincent Sheridan, longtime OLMC principal, retires

A longtime elementary school principal credits a late Jesuit priest he once served with for teaching him some valuable lessons about leading a school by being an active, visible presence.

Priest launches prayer group in home setting

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.

San Felipe de Jesus: The first Mexican saint and the first Japanese martyr

In the more than 50 years he had been here, had he seen Catholicism grow in Japan? I was talking with Jesuit Father Jose Aguilar, who lived at the Jesuit Residence by the 26 Martyrs Museum in Nagasaki. He was from Guadalajara.

Catholics still largest Congress denomination; 10 percent Jesuit grads

The 113th Congress includes some slight shifts in religious makeup over the previous session, with a few more Catholics, the first Buddhist in the Senate and the first Hindu to serve in either chamber.

Phones out, but iPads in at Catholic schools nationwide

iPads are making their way onto the educational scene. Some Catholic high schools, like Brophy College Preparatory, have provided every student with some type of personal computing device for years. This year’s freshmen class was the first Brophy students to receive iPads. Junior high students from at least three other Catholic campuses in the Phoenix Diocese use them too, which means ‘iGrad’ generations are coming as early as May.

Bishop Nevares takes part in death penalty summit

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.

Baltimore archbishop promotes religious liberty among Catholic business leaders

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore brought his message of religious liberty to a group yearning to hear it: Catholic business leaders and their spouses.

Serra’s name, legacy endures 300 years later

Sunday marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who led the establishment of catholic missions in California....