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Valley priest: Pope Francis bringing Catholics back to church

Bob McClay, reporting for 92.3 KTAR:

PHOENIX — It’s been one year since Pope Francis took his position as head of the Catholic Church and a Valley priest said that he has seen an uptick in Catholics returning to the church.

Father John Muir of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Church in Anthem was among the thousands of people who were in St. Peter’s Square when Pope Francis first appeared on the balcony. Muir said that Francis has made Catholics more excited about their faith.

"Pope Francis is such a powerful symbolic figure," he said. "He’s really encouraged Catholics to get back to basics and to not worry about what’s not really essential to who we are as Catholics. I think he’s also encouraged us to follow his example of being someone who takes their faith seriously and puts it into practice."

Muir said, since Francis became Pope, there’s more people in the pews at his church.

"We’ve seen probably a 30 to 40 percent increase in people coming to masses," he said. "Many of these are Catholics who were not that energetic or excited about their faith. They seem to be catching this ‘Pope Francis Fire.’"

Muir said some have been reassessing the priorities of the Catholic religion in their lives.

Muir said he’s also seeing members of his church starting to do more volunteer work in their community.

New Catholic Radio Show from the Diocese of Phoenix

The Catholic Conversation, a new Catholic radio program hosted by Steve and Becky Greene (the Cradle and the Convert), premiers Tuesday, Dec. 17th, on Immaculate Heart Radio 1310AM at 11 a.m.

Each week, Steve and Becky share a conversation with a great guest about topics relevant to Catholic families like evangelization and conversion in the “new frontier” of the internet, the true meaning of happiness, Theology of the Body, parenting, dating and vocations, chastity and modesty, and more. 

Brought to you by 1st Way Pregnancy Center, Bradley Hahn, Attorney at Law, and Villa Fatima Skilled Nursing Centers, tune in to The Catholic Conversation on Tuesdays at 11!

Listen to Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s annual Christmas message to the people of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. People in the Phoenix area will begin hearing this message periodically in the lead up to Christmas on KEZ 99.9 and Immaculate Heart Radio 1310 AM.

You can also listen to it here.

The Bishop’s Hour airs each Monday at 11 a.m. on 1310 AM in Phoenix, but you can also listen to the most recent episode here.

On this week’s show we talk astronomy with the vice director of the Vatican Observatory Research Group, Becky Bowers-Greene helps us understand authentic feminism, and we learn about the Church’s outreach efforts to those with disabilities.

In case you missed it, here’s last week’s episode of The Bishop’s Hour (Mondays at 11 a.m. on 1310 AM in Phoenix).

  • Fr. Mike Reinhardt, chaplain at St. Jude Hospice helps us better understand the Assumption of Mary.
  • Fr. Doug Lorig, pastor of St. Maria Goretti in Scottsdale, shares the story of his journey to the Catholic Church.
  • Arizona Diamondback Willie Bloomquist calls in to talk about being Catholic and a Major League ballplayer.

Past shows are archived here.

Good Friday Service: The solemn Good Friday service that marks Christ’s crucifixion begins at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KAZT-TV (AZ-TV7, Cable 13) from Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix. The cross will be venerated; prayers will be offered for the Church and for all people; and a Communion service will follow. This liturgy will be repeated at parishes throughout the diocese, and there will be no Masses offered in Catholic Churches on Good Friday.
Televising this Good Friday Service would not be possible without your generous donations. Please support us as we bring Christ to the homebound.
Donate online here and select TV Mass under “Field of Interest Option” in the section marked “Designation.”
Or call (602) 354-2479 or send checks to:Diocese of Phoenix – TV Mass400 E. Monroe St.Phoenix, AZ 85004

Good Friday Service: The solemn Good Friday service that marks Christ’s crucifixion begins at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KAZT-TV (AZ-TV7, Cable 13) from Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix. The cross will be venerated; prayers will be offered for the Church and for all people; and a Communion service will follow. This liturgy will be repeated at parishes throughout the diocese, and there will be no Masses offered in Catholic Churches on Good Friday.

Televising this Good Friday Service would not be possible without your generous donations. Please support us as we bring Christ to the homebound.

Donate online here and select TV Mass under “Field of Interest Option” in the section marked “Designation.”


Or call (602) 354-2479 or send checks to:

Diocese of Phoenix – TV Mass
400 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Today at 4:35 p.m. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will be calling into The Mike Broomhead Show on News Talk 550 KFYI. Bishop Olmsted will be discussing the effect that President Obama’s so-called compromise will have on religious organizations and what it means for religious liberty. Tune in at 4:35 p.m. today on 550 KFYI.

Today at 4:35 p.m. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will be calling into The Mike Broomhead Show on News Talk 550 KFYI. Bishop Olmsted will be discussing the effect that President Obama’s so-called compromise will have on religious organizations and what it means for religious liberty.

Tune in at 4:35 p.m. today on 550 KFYI.

Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, was interviewed this afternoon by Frank Camacho of Channel 3. Look for his interview during Good Evening Arizona, beginning at 4:30 p.m. He spoke about the threats to religious liberty posed by the new HHS mandate.
Also, as previously noted, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will call into The Hugh Hewitt Show on 960 AM The Patriot. The bishop’s segment is scheduled to air today at 4:20 p.m.

Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, was interviewed this afternoon by Frank Camacho of Channel 3. Look for his interview during Good Evening Arizona, beginning at 4:30 p.m. He spoke about the threats to religious liberty posed by the new HHS mandate.

Also, as previously noted, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will call into The Hugh Hewitt Show on 960 AM The Patriot. The bishop’s segment is scheduled to air today at 4:20 p.m.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will be a guest on two radio programs Tuesday, Feb. 7.
First, he will call into Catholic Connection, hosted by Teresa Tomeo. The program airs in Phoenix at 9 a.m. on 1310 AM Immaculate Heart Radio. He is scheduled to appear at 9:15 a.m.
Later in the day, Bishop Olmsted will call into The Hugh Hewitt Show on 960 AM The Patriot. The bishop’s segment is scheduled to air at 4:20 p.m.
Bishop Olmsted will be discussing the federal government’s mandate that religious organizations provide “health care services” that are in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church — a clear assault on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and religious liberty.
Unless this ruling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overturned, almost all religious organizations will be forced either to violate its consciences and belief systems, or to drop health coverage for employees.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will be a guest on two radio programs Tuesday, Feb. 7.

First, he will call into Catholic Connection, hosted by Teresa Tomeo. The program airs in Phoenix at 9 a.m. on 1310 AM Immaculate Heart Radio. He is scheduled to appear at 9:15 a.m.

Later in the day, Bishop Olmsted will call into The Hugh Hewitt Show on 960 AM The Patriot. The bishop’s segment is scheduled to air at 4:20 p.m.

Bishop Olmsted will be discussing the federal government’s mandate that religious organizations provide “health care services” that are in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church — a clear assault on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and religious liberty.

Unless this ruling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overturned, almost all religious organizations will be forced either to violate its consciences and belief systems, or to drop health coverage for employees.

UPDATE: Listen to the interview from this afternoon here.
Today Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will be calling into The Mike Broomhead Show on News Talk 550 KFYI. Bishop Olmsted will be discussing the federal government’s mandate that religious organizations provide “health care services” that are in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church — a clear assault on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and religious liberty.
Unless this ruling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overturned, almost all religious organizations will be forced either to violate its consciences and belief systems, or to drop health coverage for employees.
Tune in at 5:05 p.m. today on 550 KFYI.

UPDATE: Listen to the interview from this afternoon here.

Today Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will be calling into The Mike Broomhead Show on News Talk 550 KFYI. Bishop Olmsted will be discussing the federal government’s mandate that religious organizations provide “health care services” that are in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church — a clear assault on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and religious liberty.

Unless this ruling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overturned, almost all religious organizations will be forced either to violate its consciences and belief systems, or to drop health coverage for employees.

Tune in at 5:05 p.m. today on 550 KFYI.