Dear Friends in Christ,
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in the Temple and the World Day of Consecrated Life. Last night, at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale we celebrated this Feast with the Candlemas, a Vigil Mass with the Rite of Lights, a procession with blessed candles that are lit. As we processed into a completely dark Church, our hearts were aflame with the love of God and the wonder of the Incarnation of our Lord, King and Savior. Filled with love and joy, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Bishop Eduardo Nevares and various Religious Sisters and Brothers of the Diocese of Phoenix were gathered to pray together and celebrate the gift of a vocation as a Consecrated Religious Sister, Brother or Priest. By the Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, Religious Priests, Brothers and Sisters give their entire lives to God as an offering to praise Him, to serve Him and manifest His light. That is what was visibly seen and contemplated at the Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Presentation last evening with Bishops Olmsted and Nevares. Bishop Nevares gave an inspiring homily about how the Religious surrenders his/her entire life to God in Religious Life by the Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.
The Religious Communities of Phoenix that attended this Vigil Mass for the Feast are:
The Groundbreaking of New School, St. John Paul II High School, in the West Valley
Last week, on January 27th, there occurred an historic event for the Diocese of Phoenix: the Groundbreaking of St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Avondale, AZ. Surprisingly, it is the only Catholic school being built in the United States this year. Here is the link to the beautiful photographs taken by Billy Hardiman of this great event:
Sr. Mary Jordan Hoover, OP, the new principal of St. John Paul II High School.
As we conclude Christmastime with this Feast of the Presentation, here are some pictures from our joy-filled Advent Dinner for Religious on December 17, 2016 at the DPC:
With much love and prayers,
Sister Anthony Mary Diago, RSM
Director of the Office of Consecrated Life