The 2021-2022 school year marks fifteen years in the Diocese of Phoenix! The Phoenix Mission eagerly embraced a more normalized year post-pandemic, including the ability to more regularly welcome people to Sunday Vespers at our convent. All agree it is a blessing to be back in the classrooms teaching in-person fulltime! Our Sisters currently teach in both St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School and St. Mary’s High School. Even our resident medical student, attending the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, enjoys at least having some of her classes on campus with her colleagues.
The Sisters were excited to resume our apostolic ventures outside of our classroom work. In the fall, we participated in a Blessed is She Conference, the Diocesan Vocations fair, and the Arizona Rosary for Life Celebration. Sr. Maria Rose spoke about deepening our Marian relationship and the Rosary at this year’s Blessed is She Conference, as well as giving a talk on Perfectae Caritatis at the St. Thomas the Apostle, Institute of Catholic Theology.
Sr. Maria Jerome spoke about devotion to the Holy Eucharist at St. Andrew’s parish in Chandler and, in February, we took a small group of St. Mary’s High School girls on a hike in South Mountain Park. The sisters attended the Phoenix Diocese Religious Life Convocation in March, and later in May, Sr. Michael Vincent, Sr. Mary Concepta and Sr. Karol Augustine shared about our Dominican Spirituality to a Kino Institute class.
A particular highlight of the year was joining our Sisters at the JSerra Convent Mission in Southern California for Easter Week break! Thank you for your support and your prayers!