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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

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

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