Jesus ChristFounder of the Catholic Church
Jesus the Nazorean, Son of God. Son of Mary. He was born in Bethlehem during the time of Caesar Augustus. After being exiled to Egypt with Mary and Joseph, he lived in Nazareth for roughly 30 years. He went about doing good and healing all of those oppressed by the devil. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, was buried and rose on the third day. He ascended into heaven and now is present in our midst as he promised: “... I am with you always, until the end of age." (Mt 28:20)
Jesus is the founder of the Catholic Church. He endowed his community with a structure that will remain until the kingdom is fully achieved. Before all else there is the choice of the twelve with Peter as their head: “... I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Mt 16:18-19)
Successor of St. Peter the Apostle
Pope FrancisBishop of Rome
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, when he was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first pope to hail from the Americas, reportedly took his papal title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy. Pope Francis made his first international visit in July 2013, traveling to Brazil for World Youth Day. In December 2013, Pope Francis was also named Person of the Year by TIME magazine.
Successor of Apostles, in Phoenix, Arizona
Most Rev. Thomas J. OlmstedBishop of Phoenix
Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, July 2, 1973. He was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix December 20, 2003. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, after being ordained Coadjutor Bishop on April 20, 1999. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector / President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
Most Rev. Eduardo A. NevaresAuxiliary Bishop of Phoenix
The Most Reverend Eduardo Alanis Nevares was ordained as the first Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Phoenix on July 19, 2010, at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale. He began his priesthood as a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette on July 18, 1981, and was later incardinated into the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, in May 2007. He served as Vice Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, after serving as the Co-Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, from 2002 until 2008. Before serving in Tyler, he was the Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Lufkin, Texas. For 25 years, Bishop Nevares served as a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette before he sought incardination to the Diocese of Tyler.
Clergy - Priests
Father Sergio Muñoz FitaPastor
The second of three sons, Father Sergio M. Fita was born in Cuenca, Spain. He was ordained a priest on July 10, 2004 in his home town of Cuenca. That same year he joined the Secular Institute of Servi Trinitatis, which consists of priests and secular members, both men and women alike. He arrived in the United States in January of 2012 and since then has worked diligently to promote the goals of Servi Trinitatis, which include the cultivation of vocations to the consecrated life, missions, the education of children and young people, an apostolate with the secular community through the Catholic Action, and social media.
Father Job KundoniParochial Vicar
Father Job Kundoni joined us on July 1, 2018. He is originally from the Diocese of Verapoly, India. His service here is his first time outside of his native country. He was ordained in 2008. His favorite saints are Don Bosco and Dominique Savio. He enjoys listening to John Michael Talbot and pop songs from the 70’s and 80’s. Reading quotes and anecdotes has always been a past time for him. Two of his best loved questions are, "Who do you say I am?" and "Who am I?"
Father Joal BernalesParochial Vicar
Father Joal Bernales joined us on July 1, 2018. He is originally from the Philippines. Prior to serving at St. Anne, he was appointed as Parochial Vicar of St. Louis the King Catholic Church and School in Phoenix on January 4, 2016. He also served as Parochial Vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish in Phoenix, AZ.
Father Dennis RiccitelliVisiting Priest
Father Dennis Riccitelli was a former pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Mesa, AZ. He has been celebrating Mass and hearing confessions in the Phoenix area for a long time and we are grateful to have him here at St. Anne.
Clergy - Deacons
Currently serving as the Director of Parish Administration here at St. Anne since June 2013, Deacon Andrew was recently ordained as a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Phoenix and is now serving at Resurrection Catholic Church in Tempe. He and his beautiful wife Jessica have been married for twelve years. Those twelve years have brought them 4 wonderful blessings! Their names are Hadrien (6), Liam (4), Simon (3), and Elizabeth (2 months).
When Dcn. Andrew isn’t at church, he enjoys reading and learning about the liturgy and naval history, along with watching baseball! Some of his favorite saints are St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Joseph, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. John of the Cross.
Born and raised in Iowa, Deacon Keith has served at St. Anne for fourteen years since his ordination for the Diocese of Phoenix. He and his wife of thirty-seven years, Karen, have a daughter named Erin. While Dcn. Keith doesn’t have any serious hobbies or pastimes, he enjoys a variety of activities. His favorite saint is St. Charles Borromeo.
The St. Anne community has been blessed with Deacon Joe’s cheerful smile since he was assigned here in 2006. He and his wife of twenty-five wonderful years have four children (one of their children is deceased). His favorite saint is St. Joseph, and his favorite Bible story is the widow’s mite.
Ordained on January 16th, 1999, Deacon Bob Carey initially served at St. Anne from the date of his ordination through April 2005, until his reassignment in May of 2005 to St. Mary Magdalene. After serving there for 8 years, he was again reassigned to our beautiful St. Anne.
A New York native, he married in 1967, and later moved to Arizona in 1983. He and his wife Beatrice Carey have six children: Jill lives here in Phoenix, Marla resides in Spokane, Barbara lives in Tucson, Chris in San Diego, Craig in Laveen, and Amy lives in San Diego.
Currently, Dcn. Carey is a member of the Diocesan Deacon Council, Diocesan Coordinator of Diaconal Life and Ministry, member of the Diocesan Deacon Retreat Committee, Cursillo Associate Director (English speaking), Spiritual Director to the East Phoenix Legion of Mary Curia and represents the Diocese in Jail Ministry two to three days per month.
Born and raised in Superior, Arizona, Norma moved to the valley in 2007 with her family. She has been married for forty years to her husband Michael, and together they have three wonderful daughters named Alicia, Elaine, and Valerie. They have been blessed with nine grandchildren and one great grandson. Norma has worked at St. Anne as the Administrative Assistant to Youth Ministry since 2007. She enjoys her job because it has brought her closer to God, and continues to help her grow in her faith. When Norma isn’t working or spending time with her grandchildren, she loves crocheting and being outdoors.
Born in Phoenix and Raised in Queen Creek. Lourdes has been faithfully making her way to St. Anne since January 2015. In her spare time, she likes to enjoy the outdoors, Crafting, Baking and Spending time with family and friends. Lourdes has been happily married to her husband Ivan Salazar since 2017. They met after walking The Way of St. James in 2014. Her Favorite Saint is Our Lady of Guadalupe. Her favorite story from the Bible is in Genesis where Abraham’s faith is tested when God asks him to sacrifice his only son. This has taught her to trust in the Lord and follow him regardless.
Born in Chula Vista, California, Chacho has been in Arizona almost half his life. Always with a smile on his face and ready to help, he has been blessed with the privilege of joining St. Anne’s wonderful staff. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and his girlfriend. His hobbies are playing and watching any game of soccer he can (regardless the team), working to restore his 1969 Camaro, and participating in Catholic ministries for the youth.
He has been an active parishioner at St. Anne’s since he was 12. Chacho has been a volunteer who has participated in numerous things here at our parish. From lector, to usher, he is currently a leader of Cristeros (St. Anne’s Spanish youth group).
His favorite saints are blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko for his amazing courage, willing to speak the truth and create a movement of solidarity which would eventually defeat the communist regime in Poland. As well as Pope St. John Paul II, because of his love for Mexico, the youth, his people, and his devoted faith.
Upon meeting Merci, one will have the impression of knowing her their entire life. Her smile is inviting and her heart is filled with compassion for others. She was born in Mesa, Arizona, and has worked at St. Anne since 1995. Merci’s favorite hobby is taking pictures of her family and then scrapbooking those photos. St. Padre Pio, Blessed Mother Theresa, and Pope St. John Paul II are a few of her favorite saints. Something Merci loves to tell people is, “JOY (Jesus Over You)!”
Cristin Allen was born in Phoenix and has been a member of St. Anne since 1998. She became an Extra-Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion in 2013. She began volunteering in the Gift Shop in October of 2017. Cristin has been happily married to Phil Allen since 1989. Together, they have four children who all graduated Seton.
A New Jersey native, Mike is thankful to his parents for having moved the family to Arizona in 1980. He has been happily married to his wife, Dana, for over 15 years. They have four amazing boys: Zach, Ben, Nick, and Will. A drummer since he was five years old, Mike enjoys playing music and is active within the charismatic and contemporary music scene, playing for retreats and prison ministry. He also enjoys photography and videography. He has worked at St. Anne for over ten years and continues to seek new ways of using his gifts and talents to serve the church and the people of St. Anne through the New Evangelization efforts.
In Matthew 14:22-3 Mike is challenged to consider the trust and faith that he must have to follow Jesus when the Lord calls to “walk on the water” towards Him.
Monique began working at St. Anne in May of 2015. She serves St. Anne by updating the parish website, phone app, Flocknote, and social media. She provides desktop support, email support, technology training, database management, and more. Originally from Campbell, California, Monique moved to Arizona with her husband, Mark, in 2007. In her spare time, Monique likes reading, road trips, exploring new places, and watching sci-fi movies. One of her favorite saints is St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. Some of her favorite scriptures are 1 Corinthians 13, John 14-17, Philippians 4:6 and Galatians 2:20.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Donna considers Arizona her true home. She is a widow, but she and her husband had three sons (Patrick, Andrew, and Joseph). Playing the piano and reading books on the lives of the saints are a few of the things she most enjoys. Her favorite saint is Pope St. John Paul II because his life and writings are very inspirational. Donna was blessed with the opportunity of seeing him in person many times and was also able to attend his canonization in April 2014.
Happily married for twenty years, Micheal and her husband have raised two wonderful children; Nathan is eighteen and away at college, and Sylvia is sixteen and in high school. Micheal’s favorite hobbies are knitting and watching TV.
In 2012 Micheal began working for St. Anne and loves working with children. Her favorite Old Testament saint is St. Esther because she practices her faith with great dedication and overcomes her fears to do what is right. In the New Testament, her favorite saint is St. Mary Magdalene because she converts her life, follows Jesus, and is so thankful for his love and mercy. One of her favorite Bible stories is the parable of the ten virgins because it speaks of how we need to keep our oil full and therefore be ready at all times. It reminds her that the Lord has given us all we need to receive Him when He comes.
Lourdes moved to the desert during the winter of 1989 with her husband and two daughters. A catechist trained in all three levels for English and Spanish, Lourdes came to St. Anne in 1994. She loves working with children! Her favorite Gospel is by John the Evangelist, and her favorite saint is St. Peter Julian Eymar. Learning about his life taught her how to enjoy our greatest gift – Jesus in the Eucharist.
Rosaura “Coco” Tasso moved to Phoenix in 1993. She is married to his wonderful husband Lenin for 16 years and blessed with two children Diego and Vicki. Coco loves her job as in Faith Formation assistant because it has help her come closer to God and to the sacraments. She enjoys prayer, outdoors and family time.
Originally from Los Angeles, Doris is widowed and has a son. Spending time with her three grandchildren and brand new great-grandchild is her favorite thing to do! She has been at St. Anne since 1995 as a volunteer, and an employee since 2001. Some of her hobbies include baking and gardening. Her favorite saint is our Blessed Mother Mary and particularly loves her appearance in Fatima.
Born in Mexico D.F., Elvira is the oldest of 8 children. She came to live in California in 1975 and moved to Arizona in 2003. She has been married for 37 years, has 7 children, and 13 grandchildren (and more to come). Elvira has been parishioner at St Anne since 2003. She had her encounter with the person Jesus and her conversion in 1986. Her favorite saints are St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Monica, and St. Rita of Acacia. Elvira shared, "I love the Lord our God with all my life and have no other desire than to serve him, please him and try my very best to do his will." Favorite Bible verses: Philippians 4:13; Mark 12: 29 - 31.
Ernie McCormack joined our parish staff family in August of 2018. We are glad to have her with us.
Sister Juana Vera joined us on August 9th, 2017. Originally from Puebla, Mexico, she has spent the past 25 years in the Congregation of Carmelite Missionaries of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus. As a missionary she has served the Kingdom of God in different places, among which we can mention: Federal District (in charge of Urban Pastoral); State of Guerrero, (worked in the Parish Pastoral); and Puebla (for 7 years she was responsible for the Vocational Ministry and for 2 years accompanied the postulants in their formation). In the United States she has served for 2 years in Sacramental Preparation and Parents formation at Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish in Phoenix, AZ. She was also the Spiritual Director of the EPJ movement-Youth Ministry- and later was in the Diocese of Fresno, CA in the Holy Family Parish of Kingsburg for 7 years as a Director of Faith Formation and Director of Hispanic Ministries. She also initiated the Movement EPJ-youth ministry-in the Diocese of Fresno, CA. In 2017, the Lord entrusted her with a new mission to Arizona, this time in our beloved Saint Anne Parish.
Sister Viviana, welcome to our St. Anne family! Sister Viviana belongs to the Carmelite Missionaries of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and joined us in January of 2019.
Angela Lopez is an Arizona native that currently resides in Gilbert. She and her husband were married at St. Anne in 2012 and together have four children. Being a stay-at-home mom, she dedicates her time to raising her family and volunteering in her community. This has given her the opportunity to volunteer in the Baptims Ministry. For the past four years, Angela has been a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary at St. Anne. In her spare time she likes crafting, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Happily married for forty-four years to her husband, Al Gonzales, she and him raised a family of seven children and now relish spending time with their fourteen grandchildren. Some of that time involves cooking and reading (she makes delicious desserts, by the way). Jean has been at St. Anne since July of 2001. Her favorite story from scripture is the wedding feast at Cana and her favorite Bible quote is from 1 Corinthians: “Love is patient; love is kind…” (1 COR 13:4).
John is from Oxnard, California, and has been a faithful, wonderful volunteer and parishioner at St. Anne for a few years. He also happens to be a movie star and an adventurous person! He is one of the pilgrims appearing in Footprints: The Path of Your Life. He walked "The Way of St. James" in Northern Spain with Fr. Sergio Fita and several other men from our parish. We are thankful John is currently working with our Youth Ministry.
A happy marriage and three adult children are only a few of the blessings in Aurora Sarmiento’s life. Since 1997 she has dedicated her time to volunteer and work at St. Anne. Her pastimes include watching EWTN and listening to EWTN Radio ever since she discovered it in 1984, along with reading about the faith. A few of her favorite saints are St. Therese (her patron saint), St. Padre Pio, Pope St. John Paul II, and Archbishop Fulton Sheen. You can find Aurora at the parish at all times of the day always wearing a smile on her face!
Liturgy & Music
Recently a newlywed to his beautiful bride since this past January 2015, Paul began working at St. Anne on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2015. Originally from Georgia, he recently moved across country to Arizona from southwest Florida. When he is not playing music, he enjoys reading, recording, working on computers/websites, and exploring the great outdoors!
Francisco has been the Spanish Music Coordinator at St. Anne since 2007. He has been married for twenty-two years. He truly enjoys playing the piano as well as distance running. His three favorite saints are St. Elias, St. John, and of course, St. Francisco!
Happily married for over twenty-eight years now, Joe and his wife have raised two children. He has been at St. Anne since 1996. When he isn’t on campus, Joe enjoys working with his hands to build and create different things. His favorite saint is St. Joseph.
We welcomed back Tom Grodecki to our parish staff family in February of 2017. He worked for St. Anne several years ago and we are glad to have him with us.
We welcomed back Mike Powell to our parish staff family in January of 2019. He also worked for St. Anne several years ago and we are glad to have him with us.