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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

Set the earth on fire

When we come to pray, when we come to Mass, the Lord gives us far more than we can ask or imagine. He gives us His very Self. He meets us personally, in an encounter that is far from frivolous and much wiser than despair. Jesus comes as a fire that we cannot manipulate; as a flame that frees from distorted notions that surround us, about masculinity or femininity, lies about marriage, chaste living and the dignity of every person.

Bishop Olmsted’s Address to the 2019 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

  Bishop Olmsted’s Address to the 2019 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Following are Bishop Olmsted’s prepared remarks from the 2019 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. April 23, 2019   “Christ is risen! He is truly risen!” This traditional greeting of Eastern Christians seems especially fitting on this third day of Easter 2019. For the [...]