Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix
Arizona Rosary Celebration, Phoenix Presider

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix

"In Phoenix, Rosary Sunday is one the largest gatherings of the Body of Christ in our Diocese. This beautiful event brings our community together to seek the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, and to offer our prayers in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I invite you to join me this year at the Arizona Rosary Sunday Celebration to honor our Blessed Mother."

+Bishop Olmsted


Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted was ordained a priest of 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 Pontifi cal College Josephinum, a Catholic seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Since 1974, he has been a member of the Jesus Caritas fraternity of priests, and thus has been deeply influenced by the witness and wisdom of Blessed Charles de Foucauld and by the prayers and encouragement of many brother priests.

For 16 years, Bishop Olmsted lived in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a Master of Arts in Theology, a Doctorate in Canon Law, and worked more than nine years in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. During the nine years of serving in the Holy See, he resided at the Pontifi cal North American College and assisted seminarians with spiritual direction. He speaks and writes Italian and Spanish.

Having been reared on a family farm on the Kansas – Nebraska border, he attended a single-room grade school near Oketo, Kansas, and a small rural high school in Summerfi eld, Kansas. His fi rst contact with Catholic schools came when he entered St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver, Colorado, from which he graduated in 1969, with a B.A. in Philosophy. His interest in nature and rural life continues, while his many years in Rome has fostered a devoted loyalty to the universal Church.

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