Spirit-filled retreat brings healing to couples

St. Gerard’s Outreach Ministry, a new initiative of the Office of Natural Family Planning at the Diocese of Phoenix, which serves couples in the season of infertility, welcomed 13 couples to their inaugural “Cherished” retreat at Mt. Claret Retreat Center in Phoenix on May 11.  It was a “total success,” said Ana Luisa Martinez de Carillo, facilitator of Spanish Programs for Natural Family Planning, “Couples were grateful that the Church is acknowledging them. The evaluation comments were very meaningful to us, often expressing the couple’s thankfulness at not feeling alone in their struggles”. 

Bishop ‘with great joy’ marks order’s, school’s anniversary’s at Most Holy Trinity Parish

PHOENIX -- In the mid-1970s, when Phoenix was a much smaller city, the area near 7th Street and Dunlap Avenue west of the current Route 51 freeway was a mix of single-family houses and small businesses. Area Catholics attended Most Holy Trinity Parish and sent their children to its elementary school. English was the majority language, but by the mid 80’s, the demographic was shifting, and Spanish became the dominant dialect.  

Two men take final step before priestly ordination

Bishop John Dolan ordained Jacob Chavez and Connor Companik to the transitional diaconate during a special Mass at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix on Sunday, May 26. The Mass was televised live across the Diocese of Phoenix on CW7. 

Legendary Seton softball coach announces retirement

One of the most successful softball coaches in Arizona high school history, Jerry Mullin, announced his coaching retirement today after 38 years of leading theSeton Catholic Preparatory softball program. Mullin arrived at Seton Catholic, located in Chandler, Ariz., in 1985 and took over the softball program for the 1986-87 school year, transforming it into a small-school powerhouse by the mid-1990s. He won 10 AIA State Championships over a 15-year span from 1996 to 2010, including two periods of four consecutive state titles (1996 to 1999 in Class 2A and 2002 to 2005 in Class 3A). Mullin was a perfect 10-0 in state championship games.

New Podcast to Debut: Prep Rally

Be sure to check out our brand-new podcast, “Prep Rally,” featuring amazing stories on individuals from the seven Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Phoenix. Produced by The Catholic Sun, the monthly podcast will celebrate the talents of students, teachers and administrators from across the diocese. Each episode will focus on a different topic but will highlight one of four pillars, including faith, service, academics and arts, and athletics. Hosted by Abigail Standish, the Coordinator of Catholic Social Teaching for the Diocese of Phoenix, “Prep Rally” can be found on the diocese’s Facebook or YouTube pages and in The Catholic Sun online.

‘Rooted in culture:’ Diocese, Bishop celebrate annual spring Cultural Diversity Mass, Feast of Pentecost

PHOENIX -- When St. Luke summarized the historic manifestation of God’s Holy Spirit upon the group of earliest church believers at Pentecost, his description of the onlookers was that of a widely diverse group. The Diocese of Phoenix, with its 1.2 million Roman Catholics, might not approach such a broad collection, but its members nonetheless represent an ample array of cultures and ethnicities. Each year, in spring and fall, the Diocese celebrates its love for the unique and distinctive traits of those people groups.

Your body is good

Even though the five-week course on the 5th vital sign is done, I know I will never be done with Natural Family Planning (NFP) and what I learned in this course. I know that the things that I learned in this class will never leave me, especially as I step into my vocation soon. The last class was a joyous round-table discussion, while sharing a meal together. It was a time where we could ask questions and reflect on what we’ve learned these past few weeks.

Catholic Charities and partners open affordable housing community

“What a great day this is,” said Paul Mulligan, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Community Services as he greeted everyone at the grand...

Statement on HCR 2060

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) released a statement on Friday in response to House Concurrent Resolution 2060 (HCR 2060). The Arizona Catholic Conference is the public policy agency for the Diocese of Gallup, the Diocese of Phoenix, and the Diocese of Tucson. Bishops from each of these dioceses comprise the Board of Directors of the ACC.

Sacred music sparks children’s spiritual journey

Nearly 20 chairs and music stands surround a wooden piano and a whiteboard with music intervals written on it. Hanley Hall at Holy Spirit in Tempe, Ariz., is the home base for the Choristers of St. Florian, a children’s Gregorian Chant choir directed by Giorgio Navarini. Navarini is also the founder and director of a well-known men’s vocal ensemble, Floriani. What led to the creation of the Chorister’s of St. Florian was the desire of several families to have their children learn Gregorian Chant and about the sacred music of the Catholic Church. Navarini said he complied since he had learned how to teach it in his years as a musician.