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Phoenix, Arizona

History of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona:

Phoenix was originally part of the Diocese of Tucson, with 17 congregations of women religious serving in various capacities. The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary arrived in 1943 at the invitation of the  Jesuits at Saint Francis Xavier Parish in order to help establish the parish school as well as Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girls high school.

With the tremendous growth of the city , the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was established Dec. 2, 1969 by St. Paul VI.  This population has continued this growth since then, almost doubling in size from 2000 to 2023)

Among the Catholic places of interest in Phoenix are:

Saint Joseph Maronite Catholic Church and Shrine of Saint Sharbel

Saint Mary’s Basilica

Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral

Traveling to Phoenix:

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is home to 24 airlines offering nonstop flights from Phoenix to more than 120 domestic destinations and 26 international destinations Passenger trains no longer serve Phoenix (although there are plans to get that service resumed) so arrival by train is at Tempe, Arizona….just 10 miles from Phoenix.

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