The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has embarked on a $100 million fundraising campaign over the next three years to support religious-education initiatives, build schools, assist people in need and strengthen parishioners’ ties to the church.

The Most Rev. Thomas Olmsted is announcing the diocese’s largest-ever campaign at Masses and receptions in Flagstaff and Phoenix this week, though the fundraising initiative actually was launched at midyear and will continue through June 2020.

The campaign’s official unveiling this week comes on the 30th anniversary of the visit by Pope John Paul II to the Valley.

“We will go forth to strengthen our families, our churches and schools, and we will build up our charities in support of the poor and most vulnerable,” said Olmsted, bishop of Phoenix, in a prepared statement. He invited all baptized Catholics to participate.

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