Debbie and I went to see the folks at Family of Christ Lutheran in Phoenix, Arizona to visit with them on Sunday January 11 for Sunday worship. We also met with the congregation and Call Committee and Pastor Dave.
A team of three families is being sent out from our church in Raleigh, NC to plant a church in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the sixth most populous city nationally, and is also the most populous state capital in the United States.
— In this video, we take you on site to the constructing of the new Church building of Our Lady of Sorrows in Phoenix, Arizona.
Our Lady of Sorrows was established in 1980 when a small group of traditionalists purchased the current church site from a Protestant denomination. Over the years, Sunday attendance has steadily grown to an average of 550 faithful.
The property is 10.8 acres. It is primarily comprised of the current Protestant-designed church, a growing K-12 Catholic school for 75 students, and a 34-room retreat house.
Retreatants come from across North America to attend one or more of fourteen retreats each year. Phoenix also annually hosts one of the two priests’ retreats. More than 35 priests and usually a bishop are in attendance.
The site also has a priory, other living quarters, a large athletic field, and an orange grove. Four priests reside at Our Lady of Sorrows. They serve the parish as well as nearby missions.
The Society of St. Pius X is an international priestly society of common life without vows, whose purpose is to train, support, and encourage holy priests so that they may effectively spread the Catholic faith throughout the world.
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