Dancing for Our Lady of Guadalupe, our Patroness! Bailando para la Virgen de Guadalupe, nuestra Patrona!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Yesterday at the DPC, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we had the gift of enjoying the dance of a children’s matachines group from St. Matthew’s Parish and School in Phoenix. Fr. Nelson Libera is the Pastor of this vibrant Parish rich in Mexican culture.

Here are two videos of the children’s matachines dancing group to honor our Blessed Mother, the Virgin of Guadalupe! ¡Que viva!



This morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center of Phoenix, we had a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the Mental Health Ministry of the Diocese of Phoenix to provide services for people suffering from mental disorders and those grieving the loss of the separation from a loved one who has died by suicide. It was a morning filled with hope and gratitude!

Book co-written by Bishop John P. Dolan and Ed Shoener
A Well for people to sit and encounter the healing love of Christ.
We each venerated the relic of St. Dympna, the Patron Saint of the mentally ill.
St. Dympna, Pray for us!
Bishop Dolan cuts the ribbon to open the Office of Mental Health Ministry of the Diocese of Phoenix.
Bishop Dolan with Maricela Campa, the Director the Office of Mental Health Ministry, and members of the Board of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Thank you to all who were involved in planning for this great event which lifted our hearts knowing it will serve many in need!



On Sunday, October 30th, Fr. Teilo, the Pastor of St. Andrew’s Parish in Chandler helped us host a fun-filled Vocations Fair. Many children participated with their families to meet the various Religious Institutes that serve in the Diocese of Phoenix. Mass was celebrated by Bishop John P. Dolan. The liturgy included children serving as lectors, bringing up the gifts at the offeratory and singing in the choir. It was so joyful for all those who participated. Here are some photos for you to see the many blessings.

Vincent Tral dressed us as a Saint who was a Bishop, and is approached by Sister Clare of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
The Smith girls; the first in line was the lector for the Reading in English. Brava!

Both children who were lectors were fantastic! Thank you for serving in this special Mass to celebrate Vocations!

Bishop John P. Dolan gave a homily praising Religious Life.
Missionary of Charity, Sr. Joysianne
SOLT Sisters greet Sr. Mary Brigid of the Good Shepherd, PCPA
Sr. Maria Giovanni Paolo of the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity with a young girl.
Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa from Kerala serving at St. Mary’s Parish and School, Chandler.
A young family visiting the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.
Sr. Esther Pilar, SCTJM of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus now serves at St. Gregory’s Parish.
A little St. Therese of Lisieux
Sr. Maria Crucis Garcia, RSM gives a talk on the story of St. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal.
Sr. Nidhi Gonsalves, CSST gives her vocation story with sincerity to all the children.
Seminarian Nathan Blanchard gave his vocation story with confidence to all the children.
Sister Mary Brigid of the Good Shepherd, PCPA gives her vocation testimony with joy!
Father Teilo Lwande, AJ, Pastor of St. Andrew’s Parish in Chandler conversing with a family.

Thank you, Father Teilo, Religious Sisters, Fr. Kurt Perera and the Seminarians for coming to be present among all the families that participated in this beautiful Vocations Fair!

God bless you all!

Yours in Christ,

Sister Anthony Mary Diago, RSM, Director of the Office of Consecrated Life of the Diocese of Phoenix

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