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Seminarians edge priests in overtime at JPII Classic

Sun, Aug 11, 2023

A record crowd of over 1,500 fans witnessed the first-ever overtime on Friday night in the JPII Classic basketball game between the priests and seminarians from the Diocese of Phoenix. Held at Brophy College Preparatory in downtown Phoenix, the “Phoenix Sons” edged the “Church Fathers,” 38-34 in overtime, as the seminarians won their fourth consecutive game in the series.

Despite holding a 14-10 halftime lead, the Church Fathers witnessed the Sons sink back-to-back three pointers and a layup in the final minutes to tie the score, 28-28, at the end of regulation. The seminarians would never trail in overtime, and now hold a 5-3 all-time record in the series. First held in August of 2015, the family-friendly event supports vocations in the diocese.


Diocese expands seminary with new formation house

By Tony Gutiérrez, The Catholic Sun

With a new house of formation opening in August, the Diocese of Phoenix is expanding its seminary, allowing men preparing for the priesthood in the diocese to stay within its boundaries for another year. Bishop John P. Dolan hopes the diocese will be able to offer a complete seminary formation program locally in the near future.

“We’re one of the largest dioceses in the United States, so it’s about time that we establish our own seminary,” said Bishop John P. Dolan. “They will have better pastoral experiences in parishes that they will come to serve in when they become priests or pastors.”


Seminarians head back to formation

Before seminarians from the Diocese of Phoenix head back to formation this month, several men took part in some final summer activities, including move-in days and camping, as they prepared for the new school year ahead.

For 20 seminarians attending St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, the academic year began with a camping trip for the new men, providing an opportunity to get to know their older brothers. The group ventured to San Isabel, a national forest just outside of Buena Vista, Colo.  Some of the Phoenix men even hiked Mount Yale, one of Colorado’s 58 mountain peaks above 14,000 feet, or as the locals call them – 14ers. It was also an amazing opportunity to celebrate Mass in nature.


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