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.

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....

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...

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.

Hundreds rally at federal courthouse to protest ‘Roe’

About 500 people gathered at the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse in downtown Phoenix Jan. 22 to commemorate the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a woman’s right to abortion.

Catholics mourn unborn in first nationwide remembrance effort

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.

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.

New mural depicts ‘safe place’ for young refugees in Arizona

Every child deserves a safe place, whether it's in a parent's arms or a home. Children and young adults who are refugees don't readily have such luxuries.

Foster care crucial for unaccompanied minors

GLENDALE — As a child, Johnson Toe spent 12 hours a day farming okra, rice, tomatoes and peppers on his grandmother’s farm in Liberia. The...

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.