Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix

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Diocese of Phoenix
Dioecesis Phoenicensis
CoA Romn Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory Arizona counties of Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai, and Coconino (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Navajo Indian Reservation), and also includes the Gila River Indian Reservation in Pinal County
Ecclesiastical province Santa Fe
Deaneries 7
Coordinates 33°27′0″N 112°4′0″W / 33.45000°N 112.06667°W / 33.45000; -112.06667
Statistics
Area 43,967 sq mi (113,870 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
4,415,210
821,429 (16%)
Parishes 92 & 23 missions
Churches 114
Schools 35
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 2, 1969 (44 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude
Patron saint Our Lady of Guadalupe
Secular priests 143
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop

Thomas James Olmsted

Bishop of Phoenix
Metropolitan Archbishop Michael Jarboe Sheehan
Archbishop of Santa Fe
Auxiliary Bishops Eduardo Alanis Nevares
Emeritus Bishops Thomas Joseph O'Brien
Map
Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona
Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona
Website
diocesephoenix.org
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of the Diocese

Coordinates: 33°27′0″N 112°4′0″W / 33.45000°N 112.06667°W / 33.45000; -112.06667

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix (Latin: Dioecesis Phoenicensis) in Arizona is a particular church of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It was established on December 2, 1969 when it was split off from the Diocese of Tucson. Its ecclesiastic territory includes Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai, and Coconino counties (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Navajo Indian Reservation), and also includes the Gila River Indian Reservation in Pinal County.[1] The bishop is Thomas J. Olmsted.

Coat of arms[edit]

The official description found in an earlier version of the website of the diocese read as follows: "These arms are composed of a blue field on which is placed a silver (white) mountain to represent Camelback Mountain, a significant aspect of the backdrop of the See City. Arising from the mountain as a gold (yellow) bird that is coming forth from red flames to represent the mythological phoenix, that arose from the ashes, and for which the See City of Phoenix is named. Above the phoenix is a gold “cross formy fitchée (three arms of a cross and one resembling a spike), which is taken from the arms of the Diocese of Tucson to signify that it was from the territory of Tucson that the Diocese of Phoenix was carved in 1969." [2]

Historically important churches[edit]

Statistics[edit]

According to the Diocese 2012 Directory published October 2011

  • Estimated Catholic Individuals.....821,429
  • Estimated Catholic Households....294,419
  • Diocesan Priests (including retired, sick, or absent).....143
  • Extern Priests.....79
  • Religious Priests.....101
  • Permanent Deacons.....238
  • Religious Brothers.....12
  • Religious Sisters.....177
  • Seminarians.....20
  • Parishes.....92
  • Missions.....23
  • Catholic Cemeteries.....6
  • Catholic Mortuaries.....1
  • High Schools (Diocesan and Private)..6.....Enrollment....4,892
  • Elementary Schools............................29.....Enrollment....8,431
  • Pre-Schools........................................27.....Enrollment ......926

Diocesan statistics[edit]

Data for 1970 through 2002 is taken from Catholic Hierarchy webpage which shows data from Annuario Pontificio.[3] Data for 2003 and later is taken from the (Annual)Diocesan Directory Diocese of Phoenix.[4]


1   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   10 11 12 13 14 15 16 
Year Baptized Catholics Total Population Percent Catholic Total Priests Religious Priests Extern Priests Diocesan Priests Catholics per Priest Seminarians Permanent Deacons Male Religious Female Religious Parishes Missions Source
1970 200,000 1,486,400 13.5 199 81 NA 118 1,005 NA 130 265 58 NA AP 1971
1976 235,087 1,381,200 17.0 260 126 NA 134 904 NA 41 156 304 68 NA AP 1977
1980 269,710 1,524,900 17.7 227 113 NA 114 1,88 NA 62 142 317 76 NA AP 1981
1990 346,767 2,412,980 14.4 286 165 NA 121 1,212 NA 124 147 277 85 NA AP 1991
1999 423,525 3,113,775 13.6 244 140 NA 104 1,735 NA 172 11 234 86 NA AP 2000
2000 440,226 3,177,375 13.9 289 194 NA 95 1,523 NA 182 106 235 86 NA AP 2001
2001 462,780 3,335,125 13.9 295 197 NA 98 1,568 NA 206 108 225 86 NA AP 2002
2002 478,163 3,651,780 13.1 304 204 NA 100 1,572 NA 203 113 225 87 NA AP 2003
2003 530,541 3,650,009 14.5 309 100 72 137 1,716 24 222 113 225 89 28 DD 2004
2004 556,692 3,650,019 15.3 300 98 70 132 2,009 21 211 110 213 89 27 DD 2005
2005 551,721 293 107 65 121 27 230 125 211 90 24 DD 2006
2006
2007 551,721
2008 565,000
2009
2010 706,433
2011 821,429 4,415,210 16 323 101 79 143 20 238 113 177 92 23 DD 2012
2012 800,149 285 94 63 128 24 231 173 92 23 DD 2013


Leadership[edit]

Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude

Below is a list of individuals who have led the Diocese of Phoenix since its creation [5][6]

Ordinaries[edit]

Auxiliary Bishop[edit]

Bishop Emeritus[edit]

  • Bishop Thomas Joseph O'Brien, is a convicted felon who killed a man in a hit-and-run accident shortly after he signed a plea agreement to avoid criminal prosecution for reassigning priests accused of child abuse. He served his sentence of community service and probation and has since kept a low profile in retirement.[7]

The diocese has a residence for the bishop from 1977 which has served previous bishops and is still occupied by O'Brien.

Apostolic Administrator[edit]

Metropolitan Archdiocese[edit]

Bishops who once were priests of the Diocese of Phoenix[edit]

  • Bishop James Sean Wall, Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup in Arizona and New Mexico

Parishes and missions[edit]

  • Parishes Map in Google[8]
  • Parish Directory[9]
  • List of Parishes by Deanery[10]
  • Native American Missions[11]

Maricopa County[edit]

  1. Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Aguila
  2. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Church, Anthem
  3. St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Avondale
  4. St. Philip Benizi Mission, Black Canyon City
  5. St. Henry Church, Buckeye
  6. Our Lady of Joy Church, Carefree
  7. St. William Church, Cashion
  8. St. Gabriel the Archangel, Cave Creek
  9. St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Chandler
  10. St. Mary Church, Chandler
  11. St. Columba Kim Korean Church, Chandler
  12. Santa Teresita Church, El Mirage
  13. Ascension Church, Fountain Hills
  14. St. Michael Mission, Gila Bend
  15. St. Anne Church, Gilbert
  16. St. Mary Magdalene Church, Gilbert
  17. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Glendale
  18. St. Helen Church, Glendale
  19. St. James Church, Glendale
  20. St. Louis the King Church, Glendale
  21. St. Raphael Church, Glendale
  22. St. Thomas More Church, Glendale
  23. St. John Vianney Church, Goodyear
  24. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Guadalupe
  25. St. John the Baptist Church, Komatke Gila River Indian Community Mission[11]
  26. All Saints Church, Mesa
  27. Christ the King Church, Mesa
  28. Holy Cross Church, Mesa
  29. Queen of Peace Church, Mesa
  30. St. Bridget Church, Mesa
  31. St. Timothy Church, Mesa
  32. All Saints Catholic Newman Center, Tempe ASU
  33. Good Shepherd Mission, New River
  34. St. Charles Borromeo Church, Peoria
  35. Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude, Phoenix
  36. Corpus Christi Church, Phoenix
  37. Holy Family Church, Phoenix
  38. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Phoenix
  39. Most Holy Trinity Church, Phoenix
  40. Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Church, Phoenix
  41. Our Lady of the Valley Church, Phoenix
  42. Sacred Heart Church, Phoenix
  43. St. Agnes Church, Phoenix
  44. St. Anthony Church, Phoenix
  45. St. Augustine Church, Phoenix
  46. St. Benedict Church, Phoenix
  47. St. Catherine of Siena Church, Phoenix
  48. St. Edward the Confessor Church, Phoenix
  49. St. Francis Xavier Church, Phoenix
  50. St. Gregory Church, Phoenix
  51. St. Jerome Church, Phoenix
  52. St. Joan of Arc Church, Phoenix
  53. St. Joseph Church, Phoenix
  54. St. Luke Church, Phoenix
  55. St. Mark Church, Phoenix
  56. St. Martin de Porres Church, Phoenix
  57. St. Mary's Basilica, Phoenix
  58. Mater Misericordiae Mission[12] Tridentine Latin Masses, Phoenix
  59. St. Matthew Church, Phoenix
  60. St. Paul Church, Phoenix
  61. St. Theresa Church, Phoenix
  62. St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Phoenix
  63. St. Vincent de Paul Church, Phoenix
  64. Vietnamese Martyrs Church, Phoenix
  65. Our Lady of Fatima Mission, Phoenix
  66. St. Dominic Mission, Rio Verde
  67. St. Francis of Assisi Mission, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  68. St. Paschal Baylon Chapel, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  69. San Lucy Mission, San Lucy Village of the Tohono O'odham Nation, Gila Bend
  70. Blessed Sacrament Church, Scottsdale
  71. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Scottsdale
  72. Our Lady of the Angels Conventual Franciscan Church and Renewal Center, Scottsdale, a ministry of the OFM Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara[13]
  73. St. Bernadette Church, Scottsdale
  74. St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, Scottsdale
  75. St. Daniel the Prophet Church, Scottsdale
  76. St. Maria Goretti Church, Scottsdale
  77. St. Patrick Church, Scottsdale
  78. St. Clement of Rome Church, Sun City
  79. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Sun City
  80. St. Joachim and St. Anne Church, Sun City
  81. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sun City West
  82. Prince of Peace Church, Sun City West (part of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish)
  83. St. Steven Church, Sun Lakes
  84. St. Clare of Assisi Church, Surprise
  85. All Saints Catholic Newman Center, Tempe ASU
  86. Holy Spirit Church, Tempe
  87. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Tempe
  88. Resurrection Church, Tempe
  89. St. Margaret Church, Tempe
  90. Blessed Sacrament Church, Tolleson
  91. St. Anthony of Padua Church, Wickenburg

Pinal County[edit]

Gila River Indian Community Missions[11]

  1. St. Peter Mission, Bapchule
  2. Holy Family Mission, Blackwater
  3. St. Anthony Mission, Sacaton
  4. Our Lady of Victory Mission, Sacaton Flats
  5. St. Anne Mission, Santan
  6. St. Catherine Mission, Santa Cruz

Ak-Chin Indian Community

  1. St. Francis Mission

Yavapai County[edit]

  1. St. Francis of Assisi Mission, Bagdad
  2. St. Frances Cabrini Church, Camp Verde
  3. St. Catherine Laboure Mission, Chino Valley
  4. St. Cecelia Mission, Clarkdale
  5. Good Shepherd of the Desert Mission, Congress
  6. Immaculate Conception Church, Cottonwood
  7. St. Joseph Mission, Mayer
  8. Sacred Heart Church, Prescott
  9. St. Germaine Church, Prescott Valley
  10. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Queen Creek
  11. St. John Vianney Church, Sedona
  12. St. Mary Mediatrix Mission, Yarnell

Coconino County[edit]

  1. San Francisco de Asis, Flagstaff
  2. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel, Flagstaff
  3. St. Pius X Center, Flagstaff
  4. Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, Flagstaff
  5. Holy Trinity Newman Center, Flagstaff NAU
  6. El Cristo Rey Mission, Grand Canyon Village
  7. Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona
  8. St. Francis Church, Seligman
  9. St. Joseph Church, Williams

Mohave County[edit]

  1. St. Margaret Mary Church, Bullhead City
  2. Our Lady of the Desert Mission, Dolan Springs
  3. Our Lady of the Lake Church, Lake Havasu City
  4. La Santisima Trinidad Mission, Littlefield and Scenic
  5. St. Mary Church, Kingman

Eastern Catholic Churches and Communities active in the area of the Diocese of Phoenix[edit]

  1. Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix[14]
  2. St Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral in Phoenix[15]
  3. St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church in Gilbert[16]
  4. Mar Auraha Chaldean and Assyrian Catholic Church in Scottsdale[17][18]
  5. St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Phoenix[19]
  6. St. John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church in Phoenix[20]
  7. Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Phoenix[21]
  8. Syro Malabar Catholic Mission in Phoenix

Catholic education[edit]

Schools[edit]

Elementary schools and pre-schools[edit]

School Name[24] Location Years Taught Website
Annunciation Cave Creek 1 - 4 http://acsphx.info/
Blessed Pope John XXIII Scottsdale K - 8 http://www.popejohnxxiii.org/
Blessed Sacrament Preschool Scottsdale Pre-K - K http://www.blessedsacramentscotts.org/
Christ the King Mesa Pre-K - 8 http://www.ctk-catholicschool.org/
Most Holy Trinity Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.mht.org/
Our Lady of Guadalupe Queen Creek Pre-K - 1 http://www.ourladyofguadalupeacademy.com/
Our Lady of Joy Preschool Carefree Pre-K - K http://www.oloj.org/
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Tempe K - 8 http://www.olmcschool.info/
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Glendale K - 8 http://www.olph.com/
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Scottsdale Pre-K - 8 http://www.olphaz.com/school/
Our Lady of the Lake Preschool Lake Havasu City Pre-K - K http://ourladylhc.net/preschool.htm
Queen of Peace Mesa Pre-K - 8 http://school.qop.org/
Sacred Heart Prescott Pre-K - 8 http://www.sacredhearteducation.com/
San Francisco de Asis Flagstaff Pre-K - 8 http://www.diocesephoenix.org/parish/sfda/schoolhome.htm
Saint Agnes Phoenix K - 8 http://www.stagnesphx.org/school
Saint Catherine of Siena Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.thesclions.org/
Saint Francis Xavier Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.sfxphx.org/st_Francis/index.html
Saint Gregory Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.st-gregory.com/
Saint Jerome Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://stjeromeaz.com/index.asp
Saint John Bosco Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.sjbosco.org/
Saint John Vianney Avondale-Goodyear Pre-K - 8 http://school.sjvaz.net/
Saint Joseph Cottonwood Pre-K - 8 http://www.sjcms.net/
Saint Louis the King Glendale Pre-K - 8 http://www.slkschool.com/
Saint Maria Goretti Preschool Scottsdale Pre-K - K http://smgaz.org/
Saint Mary-Basha Chandler K - 8 http://www.stmarybashacatholic.org/
Saint Matthew Phoenix K - 8 http://www.stmatthewaz.org/
Saint Peter Mission Bapchule K - 8
Saint Theresa Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.stcs.us/
Saint Thomas Aquinas Avondale Pre-K - 8 http://www.stcs.us/
Saint Thomas the Apostle Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.staphx.org/school/
Saint Timothy Mesa K - 8 http://school.stacc.net/
Saint Vincent de Paul Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.svdpschool.org/
Saints Simon and Jude Phoenix Pre-K - 8 http://www.simonjudeschool.org
School Name[24] Location Website
Bourgade Catholic High School Phoenix http://www.bourgadecatholic.org/
Brophy College Preparatory Phoenix http://www.brophyprep.org/
Notre Dame Preparatory High School Scottsdale http://www.notredamepreparatory.org/
Saint Mary's High School Phoenix http://www.smknights.org/
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School Chandler http://www.setoncatholic.org/
Ville de Marie Academy Scottsdale http://www.villedemarieacademy.org/ (Independent of Diocese education department)
Xavier College Preparatory Phoenix http://www.xcp.org/indexslide/index.html

Youth Protection[edit]

Office of Child and Youth Protection[25]

Media[edit]

The diocese uses several types of media to fulfill its evangelization efforts:

Radio ministry[edit]

Radio Family Rosary is a radio ministry of the Diocese of Phoenix founded in 1983. The station begins with a recitation of the rosary every day.[26] After the rosary the station focus on a particular saint, or a point of catechism is held. The station was founded by Dorothy Westfall, after a suggestion from a Phoenix parishioner suffering from arthritis.[27]

Bishop Thomas Olmsted often uses radio communication and has a website with information about his "bishop's hour."[28] on Immaculate Heart Radio.

The diocese began financially supporting En Familia radio KIDR in 2012 to reach out to those who speak Spanish.

Newspaper[edit]

The Catholic Sun is the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.[29] The paper is delivered to more than 115,000 homes in the counties of Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave, and Yavapai.[30]

Television[edit]

Mass is broadcast live from Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude each Sunday morning by KAZT, along with a show immediately following entitled "Catholics Matter". The Mass was once on KUTP.[31]

Social media[edit]

The diocese has an active presence on YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and others and continues to expand its presence online.

Religious orders active in the diocese[edit]

Women religious[edit]

Private Association of the Faithful[edit]

  • BFCC
  • IHM
  • SFCC
  • LSC
  • ESEH

Secular institutes[edit]

  • SIM

Male religious[edit]

Religious brothers[edit]

Other Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Phoenix[edit]

This list is fairly complete, but there might be others to add.

Notable incidents[edit]

On June 11, 2014, two priests were attacked by a lone burglar at Mater Misericordiae Mission in Phoenix. Parochial vicar Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, 28, who had been ordained just two years earlier, died of gunshot wounds after being admitted to the hospital. Rev. Joseph Terra, FSSP was wounded. The Diocese of Phoenix in a statement said it was "stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic assault." [42]

Politics[edit]

In July 2009 the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Phoenix contributed $50,000 of its money to overturn a law in the state of Maine allowing same-sex civil marriage.[43] In early 2009, Maine, through its legislature and with the approval of its Catholic governor extended the civil rights of same sex couples to marry in Maine. According to Maine's "Commission on Governmental Ethics & Election Practices", the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Maine spent over $553,000 to rescind those rights. The Diocese of Phoenix's $50,000 was part of that $553,000.[44]


References[edit]

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  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy url=http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dphoe.html Retrieved 19 March 2013
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  11. ^ a b c "Native American Ministry - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix". Diocesephoenix.org. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  12. ^ "Mater Misericordiae Mission | Celebrating the sacraments and rites according to the 1962 Missale Romanum". Phoenixlatinmass.org. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  13. ^ http://www.sbfranciscans.org
  14. ^ "Home". Eparchy of Phoenix. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  15. ^ "St Stephen Byzantine Cathedral | The Cathedral of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix". Ststephenbyzantine.org. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
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  18. ^ "MarAuraha.com!". MarAuraha.com!. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  19. ^ "Saint Joseph Maronite Catholic Church Arizona Celebrating Mass According to the Maronite Catholic Rite". Stjosephaz.org. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  20. ^ "Home". Stjohnofthedesert.com. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  21. ^ "Dormition of the Mother of God". Ukrainianchurch.org. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
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  30. ^ The Catholic Sun Newspaper (2008). "ADVERTISING". The Catholic Sun Newspaper. Retrieved April 23, 2008. 
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  43. ^ Colbert, Chuck (November 25, 2009). "Dioceses major contributors to repeal same-sex marriage". National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.). Retrieved November 29, 2009. 
  44. ^ Maine Campaign Finance contributions

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