Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix

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Diocese of Phoenix

Dioecesis Phoenicensis

Diócesis de Phoenix
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.svg
CountryUnited States
TerritoryArizona counties of Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai, and Coconino (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Navajo Nation), and also includes the Gila River Indian Reservation in Pinal County
Ecclesiastical provinceSanta Fe
Coordinates33°27′0″N 112°4′0″W / 33.45000°N 112.06667°W / 33.45000; -112.06667
Area43,967 sq mi (113,870 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
833,000 (18.1%)
Parishes92 & 23 missions
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 2, 1969 (49 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of Saints Simon and Jude
Patron saintOur Lady of Guadalupe
Secular priests143
Current leadership
BishopThomas James Olmsted Bishop of Phoenix
Metropolitan ArchbishopJohn Charles Wester
Archbishop of Santa Fe
Auxiliary BishopsEduardo Alanis Nevares
Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona
Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona
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, Spanish: Diócesis de Phoenix) 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 Nation), and also includes the Gila River Indian Reservation in Pinal County.[1] The bishop is Thomas 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]


Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude

The list of bishops of the diocese and their tenure of service:[3][4]

Bishops of Phoenix[edit]

  1. Edward Anthony McCarthy (1969–1976), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of Miami
  2. James Steven Rausch (1977–1981)
  3. Thomas Joseph O'Brien (1982–2003)
  4. Thomas James Olmsted (2003–present)

Auxiliary Bishop[edit]

Affiliated Bishop[edit]

Historically important churches[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


  • Pre-Schools..........27

Enrollment ......926

Parishes and missions[edit]

Sacred Heart Church built in 1900, is located in 920 S. 17th St. Phoenix, Arizona. It was added to National Register of Historic Places March 20, 2012. Reference number 12000124
Saint Mary's Basilica was built in 1914 and is located at 231 N. 3rd. St. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1978, ref. #78000551.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, built in 1928, is Phoenix's oldest Hispanic church. It is located at 909 E. Washington St.. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on October 8, 1993, ref. number 93000742
  • Parishes Map in Google[5]
  • Parish Directory[6]
  • List of Parishes by Deanery[7]
  • Native American Missions[8]

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[8]
  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[9] 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[10]
  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[8]

  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[11]
  2. St Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral in Phoenix[12]
  3. St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church in Gilbert[13]
  4. Mar Auraha Chaldean and Assyrian Catholic Church in Scottsdale[14][15]
  5. St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Phoenix[16]
  6. St. John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church in Phoenix[17]
  7. Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Phoenix[18]
  8. Syro Malabar Catholic Mission in Phoenix

Catholic education[edit]


Elementary schools and pre-schools[edit]

School Name[21] Location Years Taught Website
Annunciation Cave Creek 1 - 4
Saint John XXIII Scottsdale K - 8
Blessed Sacrament Preschool Scottsdale Pre-K - K
Christ the King Mesa Pre-K - 8
Most Holy Trinity Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Our Lady of Guadalupe Queen Creek Pre-K - 1
Our Lady of Joy Preschool Carefree Pre-K - K
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Tempe K - 8
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Glendale K - 8
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Scottsdale Pre-K - 8
Our Lady of the Lake Preschool Lake Havasu City Pre-K - K
Queen of Peace Mesa Pre-K - 8
Sacred Heart Prescott Pre-K - 8
San Francisco de Asis Flagstaff Pre-K - 8
Saint Agnes Phoenix K - 8
Saint Catherine of Siena Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Saint Francis Xavier Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Saint Gregory Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Saint Jerome Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Saint John Bosco Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Saint John Vianney Avondale-Goodyear Pre-K - 8
Saint Joseph Cottonwood Pre-K - 8
Saint Louis the King Glendale Pre-K - 8
Saint Maria Goretti Preschool Scottsdale Pre-K - K
Saint Mary-Basha Chandler K - 8
Saint Matthew Phoenix K - 8
Saint Peter Mission Bapchule K - 8
Saint Theresa Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Saint Thomas Aquinas Avondale Pre-K - 8
Saint Thomas the Apostle Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Saint Timothy Mesa K - 8
Saint Vincent de Paul Phoenix Pre-K - 8
Saints Simon and Jude Phoenix Pre-K - 8
School Name[21] Location Website
Bourgade Catholic High School Phoenix
Brophy College Preparatory Phoenix
Notre Dame Preparatory High School Scottsdale
Saint Mary's High School Phoenix
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School Chandler
Ville de Marie Academy Scottsdale
Xavier College Preparatory Phoenix

Youth Protection[edit]

Office of Child and Youth Protection[22]


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.[23] 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.[24]

Bishop Thomas Olmsted often uses radio communication and has a website with information about his "bishop's hour."[25] on Immaculate Heart Radio.

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


The Catholic Sun is the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.[26] The paper is delivered to more than 115,000 homes in the counties of Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave, and Yavapai.[27]


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.[28]

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." [39]


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.[40] 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.[41]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diocese of Phoenix (2008). "History of the Diocese". Archived from the original on 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-09-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Diocese of Phoenix". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-04-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix - Google Maps". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  6. ^ "Parishes - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix".
  7. ^ "Deaneries - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  8. ^ a b c "Native American Ministry - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  9. ^ "Mater Misericordiae Mission | Celebrating the sacraments and rites according to the 1962 Missale Romanum". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  10. ^ "Home | Franciscan Friars". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  11. ^ "Home". Eparchy of Phoenix. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  12. ^ "St Stephen Byzantine Cathedral | The Cathedral of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix". Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  13. ^ [1] Archived August 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Mar Auraha Chaldean Church". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  15. ^ "!".!. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  16. ^ "Saint Joseph Maronite Catholic Church Arizona Celebrating Mass According to the Maronite Catholic Rite". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  17. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  18. ^ "Dormition of the Mother of God". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  19. ^ "Catholic Schools of Phoenix". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  20. ^ "Catholic Schools of Phoenix". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  21. ^ a b "Catholic Schools of Phoenix". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  22. ^ "Child and Youth Protection - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix".
  23. ^ Radio Family Rosary (2008). "Radio Family Rosary". Radio Family Rosary. Retrieved April 23, 2008.
  24. ^ Andrew Junker (2007). "The Catholic Sun Newspaper- Group provides rosary, catechism on AM radio". The Catholic Sun Newspaper. Retrieved April 23, 2008.
  25. ^ "Catholic Podcasts - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix".
  26. ^ The Catholic Sun Newspaper (2008). "Mission Statement". The Catholic Sun Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved April 23, 2008.
  27. ^ The Catholic Sun Newspaper (2008). "ADVERTISING". The Catholic Sun Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved April 23, 2008.
  28. ^ Diocese of Phoenix (2008). "Upcoming Events". Diocese of Phoenix. Retrieved April 24, 2008.
  29. ^ "André House of Arizona – A House of Hospitality".
  30. ^ "Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona - 2018 - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix".
  31. ^ [2]
  32. ^ "DOMAIN ERROR".
  33. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2018-09-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  34. ^ "Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes :: Diocese of Phoenix". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  35. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2011-08-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  36. ^ "Catholic Community Foundation, Phoenix, AZ".
  37. ^ " - members".
  38. ^ "Former Bishop Thomas O'Brien forgoes Catholic award".
  39. ^ "28-year-old priest killed in Phoenix church burglary". Phoenix Herald. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  40. ^ Colbert, Chuck (November 25, 2009). "Dioceses major contributors to repeal same-sex marriage". National Catholic Reporter. Kansas City, Mo. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
  41. ^ "Maine Campaign Finance contributions".

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