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About Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted is the bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix. He was installed as the fourth bishop of Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2003, and is the spiritual leader of the diocese's Catholics. Read More

Evangelizing through Catholic Schools, an Apostolic Letter from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Catholic schools, thanks be to God, are places of evangelization by assuring that all students have the basic Gospel message proclaimed to them, are confronted with a choice, and then given the freedom and help to make a response in faith. Faith comes from what is heard, thus students cannot respond to the Gospel until they have first heard it.

By | March 9th, 2017|Pastoral Letters from Bishop Olmsted|Comments Off on Evangelizing through Catholic Schools, an Apostolic Letter from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

A Living Sacrifice to God

Following is the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s homily for the Perpetual Profession of Holy Vows by Sr. John Mark Maria to the order of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration: December 12, 2016 “I wish only to comply with the desire of my soul to be united with Our Dear Savior Jesus [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on A Living Sacrifice to God

Terrible Beauty born in Suffering.

Following is the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s homily for the closing Mass of the Oct. 1 "To the End of Love" Marriage Conference: October 1, 2016 “After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; and he saw his children, his grandchildren, and even his great grandchildren.” Job 42:17 Two days ago, [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on Terrible Beauty born in Suffering.

Loving God first

Neither Thomas More nor John Fisher wanted to be martyrs. They wanted to be friends of God and to be faithful to those whom God gave them to love: as a husband and father, lawyer and chancellor of England, or as a bishop and servant of the flock entrusted to his care. Both of them sought to be, as Thomas More put it, “the king’s good servant but God’s first.”

By | June 30th, 2016|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on Loving God first

Seeking the living Jesus Christ — Easter 2016

When the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, He left behind burial cloths in the empty tomb. These are not proof that Jesus rose from the dead, but they reminded Peter of Jesus’ promise, repeated on three separate occasions, that the Son of Man would suffer greatly, be put to death and on the third day rise from the dead.

By | March 27th, 2016|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on Seeking the living Jesus Christ — Easter 2016

God reigns from the Cross — Good Friday 2016

To reveal the depths of His love for us, Jesus transformed the most horrifying instrument of torture into the perfect instrument of His mercy. He did this by using His freedom to love. At every moment of His suffering and death on the Cross, Jesus acted freely. He embraced His suffering, without compulsion by anyone or anything. He offered to His Father, from the Cross, the gift of redeeming the world.

By | March 25th, 2016|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on God reigns from the Cross — Good Friday 2016

Do this in memory of me — Holy Thursday 2016

Foot washing is not a tidy endeavor. People who walk barefoot or in sandals arrive with dust and dirt caked to their feet, smelling like sweaty feet smell. Foot washing was needed after a long journey but, in Peter’s mind and in the “wisdom of the day,” it was not to be done by the Master; it was the work of slaves or servants. Still, Jesus insisted (Jn 13:8), “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”

By | March 24th, 2016|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on Do this in memory of me — Holy Thursday 2016

Divine Mercy and the Priesthood: 2016 Chrism Mass

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, it is good for all of us -- clergy, religious and laity -- to praise God for His merciful love. In a particular way, it is good for us priests and bishops to give thanks to God for the mercy He has extended to each of us personally and for the great privilege of being missionaries of His mercy at this time in history.

By | March 21st, 2016|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on Divine Mercy and the Priesthood: 2016 Chrism Mass