Back to school basics

As the temperatures in the Valley soar, the monsoon storms roll in, and the pools become too warm to be considered refreshing, our thoughts begin to turn to school.

Longtime youth minister offers suggestions to get teens excited about Mass

My cradle Catholic parents instilled in me the importance of going to Mass religiously (no pun intended) but were never able to articulate why we went, answering only "because we are Catholic and that is what good Catholics do."

Diocese of Phoenix submits Synod report, ponders feedback

“The synod consultation reports reveal a dire need for evangelization at a time when the spirit of the world and modern culture have seemingly drowned out the voice of God.”

Arizona bishops laud signing of state school choice bill

The Catholic bishops of Arizona issued a joint statement lauding the passage and signing of a bill intended to expand school choice throughout the state.

Families of the diocese made stronger during Bishop Olmsted’s tenure

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s two signature teachings on marriage and the family, “Into the Breach” and “Complete My Joy,” helped lay the foundation for Sean and Aryn Sylvester to strengthen their domestic Church when the world was put on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together in mission: boldly grow engagement

Several years ago, I went with two colleagues, Lisa Wentz, director of appeals, and Linda Barkyoumb, director of engagement, to do an offsite retreat. We were looking to develop clarity of what Mission Advancement really meant. We came up with three principles:

The lasting legacy of Bishop Olmsted: Leadership in political, cultural and educational arenas lauded...

When Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted drives away from the Diocesan Pastoral Center after more than 18 years at the helm of the Phoenix Diocese, he’ll leave in his wake a panoply of achievements in the world of politics, education, and culture.

‘Remarkable’ saint reflects Diocese’s new Mission to Blacks, African Americans

The Diocese of Phoenix is taking a major step forward in its efforts to draw Black Catholics and African Americans to the faith with a mission that both welcomes new worshippers and engages inactive ones.

Bishop Olmsted launches local Eucharistic Revival with Masses, processions across the diocese

Bishop Olmsted delivered an important message during his homily at San Francisco de Asis Parish (SFdA) in Flagstaff, “[Jesus] chooses us.”