Jan. 15, 2000: Festival of Faith. Attending this event were about 35,000 individuals from around the state who gathered in prayer during the Festival of Faith 2000. This was the largest ecumenical event in Arizona’s history.
Feb. 13-29, 2000: The Diocese of Phoenix once again offered open houses to invite Catholics who have left the church to return.
June 17, 2003: Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien retires.
June 2003: Archbishop Michael Sheehan was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Phoenix.
September 2003: The new Diocesan Pastoral Center was formally dedicated.
December 20, 2003: Installation of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted as Bishop of Phoenix.
Latin-Tridentine Mass is permitted
All Souls Cemetery began in 2004 servicing the Verde Valley area.
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in the Diocese of Phoenix establish home in the Diocese of Phoenix.
In late 2005, Bishops of Arizona promulgate “You Welcomed Me” Pastoral Letter on immigration.
Bishop Olmsted established Mater Misericordiae Mission for the celebration of the Tridentine Mass.
Pope John Paul II dies on April 2, 2005. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chosen as Pope, choosing the name Benedict XVI.
June 2005: Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy passes away at the age of 87.
October 2006: Publication of “Catholic in the Public Square”, a question and answer booklet that speaks to the responsibilities of Catholics in civic life.
Ancient Order restored for sacraments of Christian Initiation. In a pastoral letter sent to all Catholics in the diocese in May 2005, Bishop Olmsted announced a new policy adjusting the age, from the age of 16 to the age of reason, for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Bishop Olmsted welcomes the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist to the diocese.
Summer: The Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Cemeteries opened in the summer of 2007 the first-ever, cemetery-based funeral home in the Diocese of Phoenix at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa.
Pope Benedict XVI gave permission for a wider celebration of the Latin Mass, called properly the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Bishop Olmsted helped to implement this in the Diocese of Phoenix.
June: Bishop Olmsted ordains six men to the priesthood-the largest class in 14 years.
December: 50th Anniversary of Most Holy Trinity Church, Mesa
In early 2008 Bishop Olmsted appointed to serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico.
March 7, 2008: Roughly 4, 00 teens from the diocese’s six Catholic high schools and several parish youth groups came together for the Southwest Youthfest March 7 at Jobing.com Arena.
Feb. 5, 2009: Father James Sean Wall, vicar for priests for the Diocese of Phoenix, was named Bishop of Gallup.
Feb. 17, 2009: Pope Benedict XVI conferred the title Chaplain to His Holiness on three priests of the Phoenix Diocese: Fathers Antonio Andres Sotelo, George Edward Highberger and Thomas Francis Hever. All three were honored for their exemplary ministries in the Diocese of Phoenix.
Aub. 8, 2009: 1st International Marian Congress Guadalupe Festival: Nearly 22,000 people packed the Jobing.com Arena for an Aug. 8 festival honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe and featuring a relic of St. Juan Diego’s famed tilma. The event was hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
Aug. 8, 2009: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Church: St. Rose parishioners move in to new spirituality center. The parish in Anthem is the fist in the world to be named after Rose Philippine Duchesne, the French nun who served as a missionary in the Unites States and who reportedly never stopped praying.
Dec. 2, 2009: 40th Anniversary of the Diocese of Phoenix
Korean Catholics form quasi-parish in Mesa: St. Columba Kim Catholic Korean Mission.
Dec. 8, 2009: Dedication of Immaculate Conception Parish in Cottonwood.
July 19, 2010: The Most Reverend Eduardo Alanis Nevares was ordained as the first Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Phoenix on July 19, 2010, at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale.
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