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News Releases and Statements

611, 2017

Praying for the victims of the tragic shooting in Texas

Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in praying for the victims of the tragic shooting in Texas.

210, 2017

Statement from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares on Tragic Las Vegas Shootings

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix released the following statement about the Las Vegas shootings.

1409, 2017

Mourning Fr. Pete Rossa

Please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of Fr. Pete. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

1409, 2017

Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Launches First Ever $100 Million Campaign

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted announced today the launch of a historic $100 million campaign to meet the needs of the faithful of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante is a three-year campaign that will provide for the future of local Catholic churches, schools, charities and the faithful.

509, 2017

Diocese of Phoenix statement on President Trump’s decision to terminate DACA program

In light of President Trump’s decision to discontinue the DACA program, the Diocese of Phoenix renews its commitment to prayer, support and solidarity with the nearly 800,000 young people — 27,865 in the State of Arizona — affected by today’s announcement. As the Bishops of Arizona and New Mexico stated last week, we urge our federal elected officials to move forward with permanent solutions that grant relief to these young people, along with the chance to earn permanent residency and eventually to seek citizenship.

3108, 2017

Arizona and New Mexico Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Youth

The Catholic Bishops of Arizona and New Mexico reiterate our strong and unwavering support for DACA youth so they do not have to live in fear of deportation.

3008, 2017

Encuentro Survey

The V Encuentro – Fifth Encounter Diocesan Team is seeking feedback from individuals in the age group of 16-30 years from the counties of Maricopa, Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai. The results of this survey could be transformative to all ministries in the Diocese of Phoenix! Please help deliver this survey and gather much needed information to assist church leaders in serving the needs of our people.

2908, 2017

Donate now and help families recover from Hurricane Harvey

With your gift, Catholic Charities can provide food, clothing, shelter and a network of support services to those dealing with the aftermath of this disaster.

3005, 2017

Catholics to Welcome Three New Priests at Ordination Ceremony This Weekend

Bishop Olmsted to Ordain Newest Priests at 10 a.m., June 3, at All Saints Catholic Church in Mesa

2303, 2017

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Governor Ducey Signing Rights of Conscience Legislation

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference are grateful for the passage of an important rights of conscience bill (SB 1439) that was signed into law today by Governor Doug Ducey.

2501, 2017

Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference Statement on Immigration and Refugee Executive Orders

In light of recent and expected federal executive orders, the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) reaffirm our commitment to accompanying and supporting the vulnerable in our society, including immigrants and refugees.

1701, 2017

St. John Paul II High School Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for Friday, Jan. 27

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, invites the community to a special groundbreaking event at 10 a.m., Jan. 27, to celebrate the next step in establishing St. John Paul II Catholic High School, the first Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the far West Valley.

1412, 2016

Diocese of Phoenix to Host Courage International’s ‘Truth and Love’ Conference

The Diocese of Phoenix and Courage International will host the upcoming Truth and Love conference. The goal is to offer sound practical and pastoral guidance on the topics of homosexuality and sexual identity. The event, Jan. 9–11, 2017, at St. Paul Parish in Phoenix, is the third of its kind. Previous educational conferences organized by Courage and various co-sponsors have been held in Detroit and Rome.

510, 2016

Office of Vocations releases series of video profiles on the priesthood

The Office of Vocations of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is releasing a series of video profiles on the priesthood titled Sacerdote. The videos, which may be watched at youtube.com/mifecatolica, seek to encourage Hispanic families to open up to vocations to the priesthood. According to Fr. Paul Sullivan, Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Phoenix, “The importance of openness among Hispanic families to vocations to the priesthood and religious life is critical for vibrancy of the Church.”

510, 2016

Diócesis de Phoenix lanza serie de videos sobre el sacerdocio

La Oficina de Vocaciones de la Diócesis Católica y Romana de Phoenix ha lanzado hoy una serie de videos para internet titulados Sacerdote. Los videos buscan alentar a las familias hispanas a tener apertura hacia las vocaciones al sacerdocio y pueden ser vistos en youtube.com/mifecatolica. De acuerdo con el Padre Pablo Sullivan, Director de la Oficina de Vocaciones de la Diócesis de Phoenix, “La importancia de la apertura en las familias hispanas a las vocaciones al sacerdocio y la vida religiosa es crítica para la vitalidad de la Iglesia”.

308, 2016

ACC 2016 Primary Election Voter’s Guide Online Now!

In order to better educate voters the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) has just released its 2016 Voter’s Guide for the upcoming Primary Election.

308, 2016

Guía de la ACC para los Votantes rumbo a las elecciones primarias 2016, disponible ya en línea

Con el objetivo de educar mejor a los votantes, la Conferencia Católica de Arizona (ACC, por sus siglas en inglés) ha publicado su Guía para los Votantes 2016 correspondiente a las próximas elecciones primarias.

807, 2016

Statement from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares on Police Officer Shootings in Dallas

We are stunned and heartbroken over the tragically violent events that occurred in Dallas Thursday night, and we implore the Arizona community to join us in praying for those law enforcement officers whose lives were lost, for the police officers and civilians who were injured, and for the two men killed earlier in the week in officer-related shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

3006, 2016

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement Opposing the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference oppose the campaign to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Arizona because it is harmful to both children and families in Arizona.

3006, 2016

Declaración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Arizona en Oposición a la Legalización de la Marihuana para Uso Recreativo

Los obispos de la Conferencia Católica de Arizona se oponen a la campaña para legalizar el uso recreativo de la marihuana en Arizona por considerarla dañina tanto para los niños como para las familias de Arizona.

2706, 2016

Bishops’ Pro-Life Spokeswoman Laments High Court Decision Rejecting Abortion Clinic Safety Law

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in the abortion facility medical standards case, Woman’s Whole Health v. Hellerstedt. Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for pro-life communications at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the loss.

2306, 2016

USCCB Migration Committee Chairman Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Immigration

The chairman of the Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed disappointment in relation to the June 23 per curiam ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas, in which some states are challenging immigration guidelines issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security, relating to the DAPA and expanded DACA programs.

1306, 2016

Statement from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares Regarding the Orlando Mass Shootings

We join the Holy Father in encouraging the faithful to pray for the victims, families and first responders for those involved in the tragic events of the Orlando mass shootings. We express our profound condolences for the victims of this senseless act of terror. May all those involved know the compassion and mercy of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

806, 2016

Bishop to ordain four to priesthood June 11, three to transitional diaconate May 29

For four men of the Diocese of Phoenix, June 11 will mark a day of both ending and new beginnings. That’s because their years of seminary study and formation are over. They’ll enter St. Thomas Aquinas Parish that day as transitional deacons and leave as ordained priests after Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted imposes hands on them.

806, 2016

Cuatro hombres serán ordenados al sacerdocio el 11 de junio, tres al diaconado transitorio el 29 de mayo

Para cuatro hombres de la Diócesis de Phoenix, el 11 de junio marcará un día de finales y nuevos comienzos. Esto es debido a que sus años de estudio y formación en el seminario han concluido. Entrarán en la Parroquia Santo Tomás de Aquino ese día como diáconos transitorios y saldrán como sacerdotes ordenados después de que el Obispo Thomas J. Olmsted imponga las manos sobre ellos.

3103, 2016

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Governor Ducey Signing Pro-Life Bills

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference are grateful for the passage of the pro-life bills (SB 1474 and SB 1485) that were signed into law today by Governor Doug Ducey.

2903, 2016

Community Invited to Attend Special Event Celebrating New Catholic High School in Far West Valley

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, invites the community to a special event at 10 a.m., April 5, to celebrate the next step in establishing St. John Paul II Catholic High School, the first Catholic high school to serve the growing number of Catholic students and families in the far West Valley.

2903, 2016

La comunidad está invitada a asistir a un evento especial celebrando una nueva escuela secundaria católica en el oeste lejano de Phoenix

El Reverendísimo Thomas J. Olmsted, Obispo de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Phoenix, invita a la comunidad a un evento especial a las 10 a.m. el 5 de abril para celebrar el próximo paso que establecerá la Escuela Secundaria Católica de San Juan Pablo II, la primera secundaria católica que servirá al número creciente de estudiantes y familias en el oeste lejano de Phoenix.

2203, 2016

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia to Establish Presence in the Diocese of Phoenix

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, announced today that the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia will establish a community here in the Diocese of Phoenix and will lead St. John Paul II Catholic High School, which will serve the community in the far West Valley beginning in Fall 2018.

2203, 2016

Hermanas Dominicas de Santa Cecilia establecerán presencia en la Diócesis de Phoenix

Su Excelencia Reverendísimo Thomas J. Olmsted, Obispo de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Phoenix, anunció hoy que las Hermanas Dominicas de Santa Cecilia establecerán una comunidad aquí en la Diócesis de Phoenix y dirigirán la Escuela Secundaria Católica de San Juan Pablo II, que sirvirá la comunidad del oeste del valle empezando en el otoño del 2018.

In the News

1409, 2017

Phoenix Business Journal: Catholic Diocese of Phoenix launches first-ever $100M campaign

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is launching its first-ever $100 million campaign to keep up with the community's rapid growth.

1409, 2017

Arizona Republic: Phoenix diocese launches $100 million fundraising campaign

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.

1502, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

In view of the fact that St. Patrick's Day this year falls on a Friday of Lent, I hereby grant a dispensation from the Church's law of abstinence for all in the Diocese of Phoenix. [...]

3101, 2017

Church breaks ground on new Catholic school in West Valley

From KTAR.com: Ground was broken on a new Catholic high school in the West Valley during a ceremony on Friday. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was joined by parents and future students of the St. John [...]