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News Releases and Statements

2303, 2017

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.

2501, 2017

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.

1701, 2017

St. John Paul II High School Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for Friday, Jan. 27

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, invites the community to a special groundbreaking event at 10 a.m., Jan. 27, to celebrate the next step in establishing St. John Paul II Catholic High School, the first Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the far West Valley.

1412, 2016

Diocese of Phoenix to Host Courage International’s ‘Truth and Love’ Conference

The Diocese of Phoenix and Courage International will host the upcoming Truth and Love conference. The goal is to offer sound practical and pastoral guidance on the topics of homosexuality and sexual identity. The event, Jan. 9–11, 2017, at St. Paul Parish in Phoenix, is the third of its kind. Previous educational conferences organized by Courage and various co-sponsors have been held in Detroit and Rome.

510, 2016

Office of Vocations releases series of video profiles on the priesthood

The Office of Vocations of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is releasing a series of video profiles on the priesthood titled Sacerdote. The videos, which may be watched at youtube.com/mifecatolica, seek to encourage Hispanic families to open up to vocations to the priesthood. According to Fr. Paul Sullivan, Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Phoenix, “The importance of openness among Hispanic families to vocations to the priesthood and religious life is critical for vibrancy of the Church.”

510, 2016

Diócesis de Phoenix lanza serie de videos sobre el sacerdocio

La Oficina de Vocaciones de la Diócesis Católica y Romana de Phoenix ha lanzado hoy una serie de videos para internet titulados Sacerdote. Los videos buscan alentar a las familias hispanas a tener apertura hacia las vocaciones al sacerdocio y pueden ser vistos en youtube.com/mifecatolica. De acuerdo con el Padre Pablo Sullivan, Director de la Oficina de Vocaciones de la Diócesis de Phoenix, “La importancia de la apertura en las familias hispanas a las vocaciones al sacerdocio y la vida religiosa es crítica para la vitalidad de la Iglesia”.

308, 2016

ACC 2016 Primary Election Voter’s Guide Online Now!

In order to better educate voters the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) has just released its 2016 Voter’s Guide for the upcoming Primary Election.

308, 2016

Guía de la ACC para los Votantes rumbo a las elecciones primarias 2016, disponible ya en línea

Con el objetivo de educar mejor a los votantes, la Conferencia Católica de Arizona (ACC, por sus siglas en inglés) ha publicado su Guía para los Votantes 2016 correspondiente a las próximas elecciones primarias.

807, 2016

Statement from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares on Police Officer Shootings in Dallas

We are stunned and heartbroken over the tragically violent events that occurred in Dallas Thursday night, and we implore the Arizona community to join us in praying for those law enforcement officers whose lives were lost, for the police officers and civilians who were injured, and for the two men killed earlier in the week in officer-related shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

3006, 2016

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement Opposing the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference oppose the campaign to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Arizona because it is harmful to both children and families in Arizona.

3006, 2016

Declaración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Arizona en Oposición a la Legalización de la Marihuana para Uso Recreativo

Los obispos de la Conferencia Católica de Arizona se oponen a la campaña para legalizar el uso recreativo de la marihuana en Arizona por considerarla dañina tanto para los niños como para las familias de Arizona.

2706, 2016

Bishops’ Pro-Life Spokeswoman Laments High Court Decision Rejecting Abortion Clinic Safety Law

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in the abortion facility medical standards case, Woman’s Whole Health v. Hellerstedt. Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for pro-life communications at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the loss.

2306, 2016

USCCB Migration Committee Chairman Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Immigration

The chairman of the Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed disappointment in relation to the June 23 per curiam ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas, in which some states are challenging immigration guidelines issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security, relating to the DAPA and expanded DACA programs.

1306, 2016

Statement from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares Regarding the Orlando Mass Shootings

We join the Holy Father in encouraging the faithful to pray for the victims, families and first responders for those involved in the tragic events of the Orlando mass shootings. We express our profound condolences for the victims of this senseless act of terror. May all those involved know the compassion and mercy of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

806, 2016

Bishop to ordain four to priesthood June 11, three to transitional diaconate May 29

For four men of the Diocese of Phoenix, June 11 will mark a day of both ending and new beginnings. That’s because their years of seminary study and formation are over. They’ll enter St. Thomas Aquinas Parish that day as transitional deacons and leave as ordained priests after Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted imposes hands on them.

806, 2016

Cuatro hombres serán ordenados al sacerdocio el 11 de junio, tres al diaconado transitorio el 29 de mayo

Para cuatro hombres de la Diócesis de Phoenix, el 11 de junio marcará un día de finales y nuevos comienzos. Esto es debido a que sus años de estudio y formación en el seminario han concluido. Entrarán en la Parroquia Santo Tomás de Aquino ese día como diáconos transitorios y saldrán como sacerdotes ordenados después de que el Obispo Thomas J. Olmsted imponga las manos sobre ellos.

3103, 2016

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Governor Ducey Signing Pro-Life Bills

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference are grateful for the passage of the pro-life bills (SB 1474 and SB 1485) that were signed into law today by Governor Doug Ducey.

2903, 2016

Community Invited to Attend Special Event Celebrating New Catholic High School in Far West Valley

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, invites the community to a special event at 10 a.m., April 5, to celebrate the next step in establishing St. John Paul II Catholic High School, the first Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the far West Valley.

2903, 2016

La comunidad está invitada a asistir a un evento especial celebrando una nueva escuela secundaria católica en el oeste lejano de Phoenix

El Reverendísimo Thomas J. Olmsted, Obispo de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Phoenix, invita a la comunidad a un evento especial a las 10 a.m. el 5 de abril para celebrar el próximo paso que establecerá la Escuela Secundaria Católica de San Juan Pablo II, la primera secundaria católica que servirá al número creciente de estudiantes y familias en el oeste lejano de Phoenix.

2203, 2016

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia to Establish Presence in the Diocese of Phoenix

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, announced today that the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia will establish a community here in the Diocese of Phoenix and will lead St. John Paul II Catholic High School, which will serve the community in the far West Valley beginning in Fall 2018.

2203, 2016

Hermanas Dominicas de Santa Cecilia establecerán presencia en la Diócesis de Phoenix

Su Excelencia Reverendísimo Thomas J. Olmsted, Obispo de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Phoenix, anunció hoy que las Hermanas Dominicas de Santa Cecilia establecerán una comunidad aquí en la Diócesis de Phoenix y dirigirán la Escuela Secundaria Católica de San Juan Pablo II, que sirvirá la comunidad del oeste del valle empezando en el otoño del 2018.

2502, 2016

Bishop Olmsted Establishes New Leadership Position at Two Catholic High Schools

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, announced today the establishment of a new executive leadership structure at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix and Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale. The two Catholic high schools are implementing a President/Principal model, providing for an external-facing institution builder (President) and an internal-facing champion of academics (Principal).

2502, 2016

El Obispo Olmsted Establece Nuevos Puestos de Liderazgo en Dos Preparatorias Católicas

El Reverendísimo Thomas J. Olmsted, Obispo de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Phoenix, anunció hoy la creación de una nueva estructura de liderazgo ejecutivo en Xavier College Preparatory en Phoenix y Notre Dame Preparatory en Scottsdale. Las dos escuelas preparatorias católicas están implementando un modelo de Presidente/Director, que prevé la creación de un orientador externo a la institución (Presidente) y un líder atendiendo asuntos académicos desde el interior de la institución (Director).

2701, 2016

Students to Rally at Wesley Bolin Plaza Feb. 3 for Catholic Schools Week Celebration

Thousands will rally at Wesley Bolin Plaza on Wednesday, Feb. 3, to demonstrate their support and appreciation for school choice legislation. The noontime event will feature the Catholic bishops of Arizona, public officials, and performances by Catholic schools from all over Arizona.

2701, 2016

Encuentro de Estudiantes por la Celebración de la Semana de las Escuelas Católicas el 3 de febrero en la Plaza de Wesley Bolin

Miles de estudiantes de escuelas católicas, educadores y sus familias se encontrarán en la Plaza de Wesley Bolin el miércoles 3 de febrero para manifestar su apoyo y apreciación por la legislación sobre opción de escuela. El evento se realizará al medio día y contará con la participación de los Obispos de Arizona, oficiales públicos y actuaciones de las escuelas católicas de todo Arizona.

501, 2016

Diocese of Phoenix Releases Short Film on ‘Society’s Crisis in Masculinity’

The Office of Marriage and Respect Life of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix released for the first time ever in the diocese’s history a documentary-style short film that seeks to create awareness of a crisis in masculinity found in today’s society.

501, 2016

Diócesis de Phoenix Lanza Documental Corto Sobre ‘Crisis de Masculinidad en la Sociedad’

La Oficina de Matrimonio y Respeto a la Vida de la Diócesis Católica y Romana de Phoenix lanzo por primera vez en la historia de la diócesis un documental corto que busca crear conciencia sobre la crisis en masculinidad que existe hoy en la sociedad.

1012, 2015

Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Celebrates Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

All are welcome to join in prayer as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix opens two sets of Doors of Mercy on Sunday, Dec. 13, to inaugurate the Year of Mercy. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will open the Doors of Mercy at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral at 3 p.m., and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares will open the Doors at the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona at 2 p.m.

1012, 2015

Diócesis Católica de Phoenix celebra el Jubileo Extraordinario de la Misericordia

Todos son bienvenidos a unirse en oración cuando la Diócesis Católica Romana de Phoenix abra dos juegos de Puertas de la Misericordia el domingo,13 de diciembre, para inaugurar el Año de la Misericordia. El Obispo Thomas J. Olmsted abrirá las Puertas de la Misericordia en SS. Simon y Jude Cathedral a las 3 p.m., y el Obispo Auxiliar Eduardo A. Nevares abrirá las Puertas de la capilla de la Santa Cruz en Sedona a las 2 p.m.

1911, 2015

Declaración sobre los refugiados sirios de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Arizona

Ante las trágicas perdidas de vida inocente en manos de terroristas en Paris, los Obispos de la Conferencia Católica de Arizona entienden la creciente vacilación por parte de nuestro gobierno y los ciudadanos americanos al recibir refugiados sirios en los EE.UU.

In the News

1502, 2017

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. [...]

3101, 2017

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 [...]

3101, 2017

$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.

2501, 2017

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 [...]