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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

What God Has Joined

Following is the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. October 7, 2018 …a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh...Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate. Mark 10:2ff These words [...]

By |2018-10-09T11:54:01+00:00October 9th, 2018|Homilies from Bishop Olmsted|Comments Off on What God Has Joined

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Regarding Recent Abuse Scandals

We write you this day to express our own deep level of sadness and anger about the recent revelations surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the newly released Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. These shameful and evil actions have harmed many innocent people, especially the young; and they are utterly inexcusable. This has also caused great pain, confusion and dismay among us all — laity, religious and clergy — who remain committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are sorry that you have had to endure this anguish.

By |2018-08-27T12:30:59+00:00August 17th, 2018|Exhortations, Letters and Columns from Bishop Olmsted|Comments Off on Pastoral Letter from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Regarding Recent Abuse Scandals

Humanae Vitae: Trust the Truth

Humanae Vitae: Trust the Truth Following is the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s talk to U.S. Diocesan Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Directors: July 30, 2018 Arthur Schopenhauer once wrote, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” True enough. We can [...]

By |2018-10-09T11:51:08+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Homilies from Bishop Olmsted|Comments Off on Humanae Vitae: Trust the Truth

“His Mercy endures forever.”

Following is the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s homily for Divine Mercy Sunday. April 8, 2018 Throughout the Bible and especially in the Psalms and the four accounts of the Gospel of God, the Lord accentuates the quality that best exemplifies His attitude towards us and all His creation: His mercy. For example, in [...]

By |2018-05-16T15:33:01+00:00April 9th, 2018|Homilies from Bishop Olmsted|Comments Off on “His Mercy endures forever.”

The Hands of a Priest

Before Jesus spoke a word in the synagogue of Nazareth, the people had their eyes fixed on Him, noticing what He did with His hands, with what reverence He handled the Sacred Scroll of the Prophet Isaiah, and only then taking note of His words. St. Luke tells us: "He…was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…" - Lk 4:16-18. After telling us this, the evangelist Luke again draws attention to Jesus’ hands, "Rolling up the scroll, He handed it back to the attendant and sat down…He said, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."

By |2018-04-09T08:24:29+00:00March 27th, 2018|Homilies from Bishop Olmsted|Comments Off on The Hands of a Priest

Reflections On Amoris Laetitia (The Joy Of Love)

On the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2016, Pope Francis issued his Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family — Amoris Laetitia in Latin, in English “The Joy of Love.” In this Apostolic Exhortation, there is much to move the heart and fire the imagination. Some parts are exceptionally beautiful and will leave you with a hunger for more as well as a desire to return to them often.

By |2018-02-01T19:18:46+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Exhortations, Letters and Columns from Bishop Olmsted|Comments Off on Reflections On Amoris Laetitia (The Joy Of Love)