Arizona gets first Anglican Ordinariate priest—and 30 of his parishioners join the Catholic Church, too

Just in time for Christmas, members of Holy Nativity parish are joining the church. Details, from the press release: Former Anglican priest Lowell Andrews, of Payson, Arizona, will be ordained a Catholic priest on Sunday, Dec. 16, and 30 of his parishioners will be received into the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of [Read More...]

Arizona to get its first Catholic college

Details: The first Roman Catholic presence in Arizona dates to 1539, when Franciscan priest Marcos de Niza explored the Southwest in his quest for the mythical seven cities of gold. Despite this early visit and the 1692 founding of a Jesuit mission near Tucson, the church’s long history has failed to produce a Catholic university [Read More...]

Remembrance: makeshift memorials spring up in Tucson

What happened outside an Arizona supermarket has literally changed the landscape of Tucson, as friends and neighbors and strangers create places to remember, and to mourn. The New York Times explores some of them: There are stuffed animals of all possible species and notes written by children in crayon. There are inspiring biblical verses, photographs [Read More...]

Obama's speech: from president to preacher

Preachers and theologians are taking a closer look at President Obama’s stirring speech from Wednesday night, and finding some striking religious undercurrents.  Details, from the Religion News Service: Drawing on Scripture, theology, and the rising rhythms of black preaching, President Obama was more pastor than politician at Wednesday’s (Jan. 12) memorial service for the victims [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Christina Green's casket

Hand-made, especially for her, by Trappists in Iowa. Read the whole story, with details of how it came about, here.  And you can read about Christina’s funeral here. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her … [Read more...]