St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish

Divine Master

Jesus Christ
Founder 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 Francis
Bishop 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. Olmsted
Bishop 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. Nevares
Auxiliary 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 Fita
Pastor

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 Joal Bernales
Parochial 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 Timothy Dogo
Parochial Vicar

Welcome to St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish, Father Timothy Dogo!

Father Timothy joined us on July 19, 2021.  He was born in 1968 and was ordained a priest in Nigeria for the Diocese of Kafanchan. He has served in several parishes both as a pastor and a parochial vicar. He was the rector of Christ the King Preparatory Seminary, and most recently the rector of the major seminary of the diocese, where he became rector in 2015.

Father Dennis Riccitelli
Visiting 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

Deacon Andrew Gilliland
Director of Administration

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.

Deacon Keith Boswell
Deacon

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.

Deacon Joe Spadafino
Deacon

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.

Deacon Bob Carey
Deacon

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.

Deacon Ivan Rojas
Deacon

Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He and his wife, Ines, married in 1995 and moved to the US shortly before their first anniversary. Since then their home has been blessed with three daughters: Maria, Catalina and Ana Lucia. Ivan and his family have been members of St. Anne since 2001.

Administration

Norma Guzman
Priests' Secretary

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.

Alma Ramirez
Front Office Receptionist

Welcome Alma Ramirez!

Nancy Piña
Front Office Receptionist

Welcome, Nancy Piña!

John Caballero
Friends of the Needy & Youth

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.

Communications

Mike Zazick
Director of Communication

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 20 years. They have four amazing boys: Zach, Ben, Nick, and Will. A drummer since he was five years old, Mike enjoys playing music within the charismatic and contemporary christian music scene, playing for retreats and prison ministry. He also enjoys photography and videography. He has worked at St. Anne for over fifteen years and continues to seek new ways of using his gifts and talents to serve the church and the family of St. Anne.

Monique Spryszak
Technology Development

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.

Faith Formation

Donna Kano
Director of Faith Formation

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.

Rosaura Tasso (Coco)
Faith Formation Administration Coordinator

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.

Jean Estes-Gonzales
Marriage / Matrimonios

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).

Micheal McConnell
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator

Happily married since 1993, Micheal and her husband have raised two wonderful children. 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, one of her favorite Bible stories is the parable of the ten virgins because it speaks of the relationship with God, given at Baptism, and strengthened through prayer and the Sacraments, which keeps our light burning brightly until He comes again.

Lourdes Santiago
Coordinadora de Catequesis del Buen Pastor

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.

Elvira Gutierrez
CGS Environment Care

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
CGS Office Assistant

Ernie McCormack joined our parish staff family in August of 2018. We are glad to have her with us.

Sister Juana Vera
Catequesis Familiar / RICA

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 Lopez Loera
Baptism / Bautizos

The third of six siblings. After living a youth retreat of EPJ (Encuentros de Promotion Juvenil) God placed in my heart the desire to lead others to God. I found great joy in the presence of God. So I wanted to share that joy. I joined the Congregation of Carmelite Missionaries of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in the Fall of 2015 after graduating Norman High School in Oklahoma. I was in the initial Formation in Puebla, Mexico and after a year I was sent to our Community in Saint Daniel the Prophet in Scottsdale, AZ to continue in the Noviciate formation for two years. After much prayer, in January of 2019 with great joy I was able to profess the Tempory Vows and was assigned to my First Mission: Saint Anne. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:13. "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Aurora Sarmiento
RCIA/Returning Catholics

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

Dianne Phelan
Music Ministry Coordinator

Welcome, Dianne Phelan!

“He who sings prays twice” is what Dianne’s Gramma would often say to her growing up in a small town in Upstate New York. After singing in school choirs, playing violin in orchestra, performing in school musicals onstage or in "the pit," she made her way to the Arizona desert to attend college and sing at ASU's Newman Center, where she met her husband, Steve. For a time, she sang at St. Timothy’s in Mesa before getting married in Pittsburgh and moving to Virginia, where their three children were born. Returning to Arizona in 2018, the Phelans joined St. Anne’s, and soon her husband and Fr. Sergio "conspired" to get her to return to singing at Holy Mass. She is certainly grateful they did! Dianne hopes to help the St. Anne community pray through sacred music and lift our voices to the heavens. St. Cecelia, pray for us.

Francisco Santos
Coordinador de Musica

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!

Maintenance

Joe Reed
Maintenance Supervisor

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.

Gene Marquez
Maitenance

Welcome back, Gene Marquez!

Adrian Warpness
Maintenance

Adrian joined the maintenance staff at St. Anne in October 2019. He graduated from Benedictine University in May 2020 and is considering further education opportunities.

Floriani - Sacred Music Choir

Graham Crawley
Chorister
Joe Daly
Chorister
Giorgio Navarini
Chorister
Thomas Quackenbush
Chorister

Pastoral Council

Pat Estes
Council Member
Phil Austin
Council Member
Ed Orillo
Council Member
Stephen Phelan
Council Member
Sylvia Stock
Council Member
Gayle Ware
Council Member

Finance Council

Joe Audia
Council Member
Kevin Boudreau
Council Member
Earl Brockert
Council Member
William Drogo
Council Member
Chad Huddle
Council Member
Eric Schaefer
Council Member
Adelaida Severson
Council Member

Stewardship & Development Committee

Pat Estes
Council Member
Jean Estes-Gonzales
Marriage / Matrimonios
Judy Gaitan
Committee Member
Mike Graffeo
Committee Member
Priscilla Graffeo
Committee Member
Dave Krause
Committee Member
Nereida Luna
Committee Member
Jim Montgomery
Committee Member
Aurora Sarmiento
RCIA/Returning Catholics