Welcome, Father Cruz!

Fr. Daniel Cruz will be serving as parochial vicar of St. Joan of Arc Parish effective July 1. (Billy Hardiman/CATHOLIC SUN)

Janessa Guiterrez, Faith in Action Editor

September 17, 2019

Here at Xavier, we are all one big family! We thrive to inspire, encourage and assist each other. At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, we were introduced to Father Daniel Cruz, our new and beloved Priest. Father Cruz was ordained on June 3rd of the year 2017. Coming from a small town, at a ...

Easter Pierogi: a labor of love

Pierogi boiling in a pot of water. Photo courtesy of Hannah Shulski '19.

Hannah Shulski, Faith in Action Editor

April 1, 2019

  Many cultures have their own unique way of celebrating Easter, including baking certain dishes for the special occasion. In Polish culture, families often make pierogi (singular, pieróg) to partake in the holiday. Pierogi is essentially a Polish ravioli that can be stuffed with cheese, potatoe...

Lenten promises: Xavier’s own Fiat 40

The Fiat 40 website guides its participants throughout their Lenten journey. Photo courtesy of Lauren Brown '19.

Lauren Brown, Class Writer

April 1, 2019

Every year, as winter slowly transitions into spring, the time comes for Lenten promises and spiritual reflection. Starting with Ash Wednesday on Mar. 6, the Lenten season will last until Easter Day. While some people are giving up Netflix or taking on extra community service, others within our comm...

World Youth Day: Reflections

Xavier students in Panama during World Youth Day 2019. Photo courtesy of Bruce Wyman, Xavier Honors Physics teacher.

Chloe Ann Porter, Club Writer

March 11, 2019

World Youth Day, a mass said by the Pope and event for youth all around the world, occurs every four years. Most schools usually fly out their youth about seven days prior to the Mass to participate in talks, go to music festivals, carnivals and catechesis all in the name of God. For this trip, Xavier a...

Cappuccinos for Change

The entrance at The Refuge. Photo courtesy of Hannah Shulski.

Hannah Shulski, Faith in Action Editor

March 11, 2019

Think of how much coffee you buy monthly from Starbucks, Hava Java or any other chain coffee shop. How much money do you think all of that would add up to? What if all of that money went towards an important cause that you truly care about? The Refuge is a coffee house that does just that. Located on 4727 N 7th Av...

Unique from Day One

Xavier freshman Maggie Dethlefsen in Washington D.C.'s Arlington Cemetery after the 2019 March for Life. Photo courtesy of Jen Pitera.

Maggie Dethlefsen, Club Writer

February 13, 2019

Thousands of people gather at Washington, D.C and other cities across the country to be a voice for those who can not speak for themselves. The March For Life is an annual event that happens all over the United States and Canada to peacefully try to end abortion.   Every Jan. since the 1973 Supreme Court case...

Take a Hike: Experiencing God’s Presence in Arizona’s Deserts

A bench at the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. Photo courtesy of Melissa Shulski.

Claire Sabol and Hannah Shulski

February 13, 2019

The sun is shining down on you. The breeze kicks in as you walk on the rocky trail. As you walk, you find you have gotten out of view of the loud noises of traffic, which are now replaced with the chirping birds and the wind rustling in the bushes. You finally make it to the top of the mountain and ...

Meditation is Spiritual Self Care

Insight Timer, a popular guided meditation app, is available for both Apple and Android. Photo courtesy of Hannah Shulski '19.

Hannah Shulski, Faith in Action Editor

January 24, 2019

Everyone knows that eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep are small steps to living a happier life, but taking time out of a stressful day to unwind is just as important. This is where meditation comes in. According to Xavier Fitness of Mind and Body teacher Vanessa Running, meditation is ...

Xavier Student Writes Poem Inspired by Trip to the Vatican

St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome before sunset. Photo courtesy of Sienna Martinez ‘21 .

Sienna Martinez, Class Writer

January 22, 2019

The Vatican, which is the center of the Roman Catholic church, is the smallest independent state and is also the living quarters for the Pope. Within the Vatican Museum, which contains the most important collection of sculptures and art, is  Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. It is one of the most visited s...

What to expect: World Youth Day 2019

A photo of the students and faculty as they prepare to embark to Panama. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Wyman.

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2019

World Youth Day, which is more of a week starting on 22 Jan. and ending on 27 Jan. 2019, occurs every three years and attracts young adults from all over the world. Xavier has been participating in World Youth Day since 2016, as it has become a staple for Xavier faculty and students. The special day i...

Local Xavier Seniors Take on the Board of Visitors Fashion Show

Xavier senior Talle Donley strikes a fun pose on the runway.

Lily Tierney, Class Writer

December 12, 2018

On Dec. 8, 2018, the annual Board of Visitors (BOV) fashion show took place at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. BOV is Arizona's oldest women's charitable organization that has been raising funds for over 100 years. The funds raised by BOV support nonprofits in the greater Phoenix communit...

Xavier Student Brings Christmas Cheer to Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Xavier junior Edyta Zimny playing the violin. Photo by Tobias Ogden of Image in Love Photography.

Claire Sabol, Club Writer

December 12, 2018

  The Christmas season is a time of joy, family, and celebration. During this season, many people begin to volunteer around their neighborhoods to spread the holiday cheer. Xavier junior Edyta Zimny surely had this in mind when she organized for her and some members of the Brophy/Xavier Orch...

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