St. Mary’s Basilica welcomes the public to attend their free speaker series this coming March. The Franciscan Friars will lead conversations with featured guest speakers to share their history, personal stories, the impact of three Valley institutions and their relationship with St. Mary’s Basilica. The Franciscan Friars will depart the Basilica this summer after 127 years of service to the community and this series is part of their Legacy Celebration.
On Sunday, March 26, Frank Barrios will discuss St. Vincent de Paul Society. (Please note: This will be recorded conversation with Mr. Barrios and a guest presenter.)
Barrios, author of “The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix” will share information about the history of St. Vincent de Paul Society. A native Arizonan and first-generation college graduate, Barrios earned an engineering degree from Arizona State University. He is currently retired and formerly worked with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Water Commission and the Arizona Department of Water Resources. He also is the former president of several organizations, including the Phoenix Diocesan Council Board of Directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the First Families of Arizona, and the Phoenix Museum of History.