CATHOLICS MATTER: Bob DeRosa — Retired firefighter performs rescues of a different sort

Bob DeRosa spent more than two decades as a New York City firefighter, rushing into people’s homes at their darkest hour. Since moving to Arizona and joining Holy Spirit parish 22 years ago, he’s found another way to rescue people.

CATHOLICS MATTER: Carolyn Diercksmeier — Woman’s uncommon life story focused on mercy, service to...

She attended daily Mass all through grade school and high school and entered the religious life at 18. For years, she enjoyed teaching math to junior high students. As time went on, however, she found herself enveloped in deep depression, a sorrow she couldn’t shake.

CATHOLICS MATTER: Bridgette Cosentino — Corporate exec turned stay-at-home mom manages parish

Growing up with a single mom on welfare in Brooklyn, Bridgette Cosentino’s childhood wasn’t easy. Though she was baptized Catholic and attended Catholic school, faith was not central to her life.

CATHOLICS MATTER: Craig Colson — Musician uses gift to draw people closer to God

Craig Colson has spent most of the last 20 years inside Catholic churches. It wasn’t always like that though. Growing up he dreaded going to church. Mostly, he said, it was the music he abhorred.

CATHOLICS MATTER: Tom Perna — Devotion to Our Lady sparks ‘Mondays with Mary’

Tom Perna loves school, but he wasn’t always like that. His blog posts, “Mondays with Mary,” teach Catholics about the Blessed Virgin Mary. A former...

CATHOLICS MATTER: Rosemary Dougherty — Boundless energy to serve others, feed the hungry

Rosemary Dougherty credits her 12 years of Catholic education and the strong faith and family bonds nurtured in her first-generation Italian American home for helping her weather the storms of life.

CATHOLICS MATTER: Bernie Capulong — Avondale man loses almost everything but discovers deeper faith...

Six years ago, Bernie Capulong thought he had it all. Then came the crash of 2008. It was after he lost almost everything that God showed him life isn’t about money.

CATHOLICS MATTER | Javier Bravo: Teacher mixes faith, learning

Javier Bravo grew up in Yuma in a devout Catholic family, the youngest of seven children born to parents who immigrated from Mexico. He spent...

Wake up the World: Q & A with Sr. Mary Beata Im

Sr. Mary Beata Im is a sister of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, based in Monroe, New York. She has been here since 2010, and is currently the director of religious education at Christ the King Parish in Mesa.

Wake up the World: Q&A with Fr. Bradley Peterson, O.Carm

Fr. Bradley Peterson is a priest of the Carmelite Order, founded 800 years ago on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. He came to Arizona as a teenager and has been pastor of St. Agnes Parish since 2009. The central Phoenix church is home to some 1,600 families.