Diocese of Arizona


November 9, 2017

[Episcopal Diocese of Arizona] The Rt. Rev. Kirk S. Smith, fifth bishop of the Diocese of Arizona, has announced his retirement.

In a letter sent to all clergy and congregations in the diocese, Bishop Smith said the announcement was with “mixed emotions.” He explained, “By the time I...

November 16, 2016

By: Christopher Sikkema


1) How long have you been affiliated with Jubilee Ministries, and in what capacity?

Bridging AZ Furniture Bank was fortunate to have The Rev. Mark Van Wassenhove, a Bridging Charter Board member, introduced us to Carmen Guererro.  We met with Carmen and received our...

January 20, 2016

The Naco Wellness Initiative, of Bisbee, Diocese of Arizona, has submitted the final report for their 2014 Jubilee Ministry Impact Grant. The grant exists to aid a Jubilee Ministry in making a positive and measurable impact in the lives of those in need.

The Initiative serves the border...

March 2, 2015

Congolese refugees Jeanine Balezi, an intensive-case manager for Refugee Focus, left, and Namughisha Nashimwe, pose for a photo in Nashimwe’s apartment in Tucson. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS

[Episcopal News Service – Tucson, Arizona] Peace and security that let them close their...

January 26, 2015

By: Byron Sloan

Having heard and learned a little about service programs, like the Episcopal Service Corps, in a non-diverse setting, my interest in applying peaked soon after the workshop had finished. But being surrounded by people of color who are or have served in the ESC or YASC, and hearing their stories...

January 26, 2015

By: Byron Sloan

Después de haber escuchado y aprendido un poco acerca de los programas de servicio, como el Cuerpo de Servicio Episcopal, en un entorno no-diverso, mi interés en aplicar aumentó cuando terminó el taller. Pero al estar rodeado de gente de color que está o ha servido en el ESC o en YASC, y...

January 9, 2015

For Tom Carlson, gardening is not something one generally does alone. Though a single person could go through the arduous task of planning, planting, tending, and harvesting fruits and vegetables, for him, the work is all about the community. His ministry, Naco Wellness Initiative, is dedicated...

September 12, 2014

By: Christopher Sikkema

Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church had a problem. Their property, located adjacent to an apartment complex, was consistently being vandalized—as it turns out, by children from the neighborhood. Rather than repairing the damage repeatedly and simply moving on, parishioners decided to...

July 4, 2013

Clergy (L to R): The Rev. Mark Moline, rector; the Rev. Richard Lassiter, assisting priest; and the Rev. Kimball Arnold, deacon. Photo: David Barnard/St. Luke’s.

[St. Luke’s Episcopal Church] The 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters were honored...

June 25, 2012

Members of Promise Arizona hold a prayer vigil prior to the United States Supreme Court decision regarding Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB1070, coming down at the Arizona Capitol June 25 in Phoenix. The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of Arizona’s crackdown on...


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