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Robert DeFrancesco
Robert DeFrancescoDirector of Communications
Katie Burke
Katie BurkeCommunications Specialist

News Releases and Statements

1308, 2018

New Catholic High School in Far West Valley 
Hosts Grand Opening Event

Hundreds of Students, Families and Members of the Community to Attend Celebration Commemorating St. John Paul II Catholic High School Inaugural Academic Year.

108, 2018

Pope Francis Names Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted As Apostolic Administrator of the Byzantine Eparchy of Phoenix

Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, as the Apostolic Administrator Sede Plena of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic eparchy of Phoenix. Bishop Olmsted will also retain his current Office as Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix.

1806, 2018

Diocese of Phoenix Announces TLI’s Inaugural Graduating Class

PHOENIX (June 18, 2018) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is pleased to announce the Tepeyac Leadership Initiative (TLI) 2018 Graduate Class. Thirty-four Catholic professionals are graduating June 20 as part of TLI’s first [...]

1106, 2018

Community Invited to Celebrate Three New Priests for Catholic Diocese of Phoenix

Deacons Frankie Cicero, 33, John Nahrgang, 38, and Vinhson Nguyen, 29, will be surrounded by hundreds of family, friends and supporters as they receive Holy Orders. They are among nearly 430 others who will become Catholic priests this year throughout the United States.

406, 2018

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Religious Liberty Decision by the Supreme Court

June 4, 2018 (En Español) The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference stand in solidarity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on religious liberty. Our country [...]

406, 2018

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Separating Families at the Border

We ask that the faithful join us in remembering and praying for all families, but especially the mothers, fathers, and children who are at risk of being separated.

1404, 2018

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Abortion Reporting Law Being Signed Into Law

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference are grateful for the passage of SB 1394, sponsored by Senator Nancy Barto and signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey.

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.”

1402, 2018

Prayers and Healing for Victims at Florida High School

Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in praying for the victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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.

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.