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Robert DeFrancescoDirector of Communications
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Katie BurkeCommunications Specialist

News Releases and Statements

712, 2018

Statement on the Release of Names by the Jesuits West Province

Today the Jesuits West Province released the names of Jesuit priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. The list of names is part of a review of records dating back to 1950, which includes the names of Jesuits who were assigned in Arizona. Brophy College Preparatory made an announcement that none of the Jesuits whose names are listed have served at the school in at least the last two decades, and the school has no information regarding claims made against the priests on the list.

904, 2018

USCCB Welcomes Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on Holiness in the Contemporary World

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is welcoming the release of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad), subtitled “On the Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World.” In his statement, Cardinal DiNardo expresses his deep gratitude to the Holy Father for the exhortation and the call for each Christian to “acknowledge and be open to what God wants them to be.”

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.

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.

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.