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Tuesday, October 09, 2012


Arizona Knights sponsor statewide event expected to attract over 7,500 in Tucson and Phoenix

For over 36 years, the Diocese of Phoenix has been host to one of the largest annual public Rosary celebrations in the United States. Last year, the Arizona Rosary Celebration established the Rosary Sunday tradition within the Diocese of Tucson. This major celebration in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and is now held in conjunction with the Dioceses of Tucson and Phoenix and is assisted by many groups and organizations. The events are open to the public and admission is free.

The Arizona Rosary Celebration begins in Tucson on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. It will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, located at 192 S. Stone Avenue. The Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, will preside. The celebration continues in Phoenix on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, Halls F & G, 100 N. 3rd Street. The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, will preside. Also attending will be the Most Rev. Eduardo Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix.

The Arizona Rosary Celebration is honored to have as its main speaker Reverend Zachary of the Mother of God, SOLT. Father Zachary is the General Lay Servant of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). He serves as the Priest Director of Administration and Formation for the Lay Faithful, traveling the United States and abroad teaching Catholics to live their Baptismal promises and respond to the Universal Call to Holiness. His participation in the Arizona Rosary Celebration is greatly anticipated.

There are many events related to the Arizona Rosary Celebration taking place on Friday and Saturday in Tucson, and on Saturday and Sunday in Phoenix. More information can be found on the website: www.azrosary.com.

The Knights of Columbus is the largest family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 10 countries including the Unites States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, and Poland. Last year, the Knights of Columbus donated over $158 million to charities, and its members donated nearly 70 million man-hours in charitable projects.

Communications with the leadership of the celebration is done via E-mail: azrosary@yahoo.com. One can also follow the Arizona Rosary Celebration on Facebook: Arizonarosarycelebration. The media can contact John Garcia, Public Relations Director at telephone (602) 525-4424, or via e-mail: garciakofc@cox.net.

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John S. Garcia
Public Relations Director
Arizona State Council
(602) 525-4424


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