Statement of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix

Phoenix's Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.

"Religious Life is at the very heart of the Church and her mission, giving public witness to the desire of Christ the Bridegroom to be one with His Bride the Church.

"He created us for intimacy with Him; our bodies, whether male or female, have a nuptial meaning. We long for a close communion with the Risen Christ that goes beyond the closest intimacy of any human persons but that is symbolized in marriage. Religious fulfill a role in the Church by their “being” and their “doing”, by the way that they make a “gift of self for love.”