From Palms and Hosannas to death and Resurrection

What happened last September was one more step, one more gift from the Lord, in Dad’s long journey of faithful friendship with Christ. And it wasn’t only my father who received a great gift. As Christ came to accompany Dad to his eternal home in heaven, the Lord remained one with the rest of us. We were not alone. We were more united in Christ than ever before.

By | April 10th, 2017|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on From Palms and Hosannas to death and Resurrection

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Governor Ducey Signing Rights of Conscience Legislation

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference are grateful for the passage of an important rights of conscience bill (SB 1439) that was signed into law today by Governor Doug Ducey.

By | March 23rd, 2017|News Releases and Statements|Comments Off on Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Governor Ducey Signing Rights of Conscience Legislation

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

St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

In view of the fact that St. Patrick's Day this year falls on a Friday of Lent, I hereby grant a dispensation from the Church's law of abstinence for all in the Diocese of Phoenix. I also request that all who avail themselves of this dispensation perform some other work of penance, for example: a [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|In the News|Comments Off on St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

“Be not afraid!”

Following is the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s remarks for the groundbreaking of St. John Paul II Catholic High School: Jan. 27, 2017 When John Paul II became the first non-Italian to serve as pope in hundreds of years, he came to the papal ministry with a firm conviction that young people have [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Bishop Olmsted's Messages and Homilies|Comments Off on “Be not afraid!”

Church breaks ground on new Catholic school in West Valley

From KTAR.com: Ground was broken on a new Catholic high school in the West Valley during a ceremony on Friday. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was joined by parents and future students of the St. John Paul II Catholic High School in the groundbreaking ceremony that took place near the intersection of Thomas and Litchfield roads [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|In the News|Comments Off on Church breaks ground on new Catholic school in West Valley

$23M Catholic high school breaks ground in West Valley

Scottsdale-based Double AA Builders Ltd. is breaking ground today on a Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the West Valley. Gilbert-based HDA Architects designed the new school, which will be open for the 2018 academic year at 13720 W. Thomas Road, which is next to the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale. The closest Catholic high school to the 25-acre site is Bourgade Catholic High School at 4602 N. 31st Ave. in Phoenix, which is 20 miles away.

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Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference Statement on Immigration and Refugee Executive Orders

In light of recent and expected federal executive orders, the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) reaffirm our commitment to accompanying and supporting the vulnerable in our society, including immigrants and refugees.

By | January 25th, 2017|News Releases and Statements|Comments Off on Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference Statement on Immigration and Refugee Executive Orders

V Encuentro on Arizona PBS ‘Horizonte’

Airdate: January 19, 2017 V Encuentro is a four year process geared to finding new ways to engage Hispanic Catholics. The process starts at the grass roots level and calls for development of resources and initiatives to better serve the Hispanic population. Dr. Maria Romo Chavira, chancellor for the Diocese of Phoenix gives us more details [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|In the News|Comments Off on V Encuentro on Arizona PBS ‘Horizonte’

Catholic High School Ground Breaking Scheduled For Friday

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix plans to break ground on a new high school Friday in Avondale. St. John Paul II High School will be the first Catholic high school in the far West Valley, when it opens in 2018. Read more.

By | January 23rd, 2017|In the News|Comments Off on Catholic High School Ground Breaking Scheduled For Friday