Welcome to St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church.
Sun City is know as "A City of Volunteers" and the spirit of ministry and volunteerism is alive and well in our parish community. Whether you are visiting us for the first time or you are a long-time parishoner we welcome you to join us in worshiping God, growing in faith, and serving our community.
Gather us together...as we serve one another.
From Father Kilian McCaffrey.
God's special and unique plan for all of us is a testimony to how much He loves us and how he wants His plan to work through us to make us apostles of His love to the world.
Here is a short history of God's plan for me, a humble priest.
I was born in Dublin city in Ireland on July 7, 1966, the third of six children born to Christopher and Jean McCaffrey. I was baptized three days later in the Church of St. Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin.
I am blessed to be from an amazing family. Faith and Church were the foundation of our life. I have an uncle, Fr. James McCaffrey who is a Holy Spirit priest, retired and residing in Dublin, after serving as a missionary priest in Africa in the 1950s and 1960s. My aunt, Sr. Helen McCaffrey is a Missionary Sister of the Holy Rosary, still based in Recife in Northeast Brazil. Faith has always been very strong in my family.
My oldest sister Mary lives in Dublin. My older brother Jim lives in London; my younger brother Chris lives in New York; Helen lives in London; and my youngest brother lives in Melbourne, Australia.
My formative years were spent in Dublin. By profession I am and Electronics Engineer, graduating from Dublin City University, before coming to the United States in 1994. I have worked in Dublin and London, Detroit and Phoenix has an engineer, mainly in the computer and automotive fields. Our Lord was always the center of my life, no matter where I lived and worked.
Moving from Detroit, MI to Arizona in May 1998, my vocation seriously started around this time.
After moving to the Valley, I immediately began attending Blessed Sacrament Parish in north Scottsdale. The seeds of God’s vocation for me to the priesthood where nurtured at this great parish especially with the supportive Fr. Patrick Robinson, the weekly Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, the Knights of Columbus and through the Cursillo Movement.
While living in the valley in the late 90’s my vocation was very much awakened and the realization that the priesthood was God's special call for me soon became apparent.
With the supportive Fr. Robinson and the help and support of Fr. Don Kline, then the Vocation Director of the Diocese of Phoenix, I applied to the diocese in early 2000, the Jubilee year. I was accepted to Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, eventually ordained a Transitional Deacon at Mount Angel Abbey, St. Benedict, OR, on October 7th, 2006 by Archbishop John Vlazny of the Archdiocese of Portland.
I was ordained to the priesthood on June 2nd, 2007 by Bishop Thomas J Olmsted at the Cathedral of Saint Simon and Jude in Phoenix.
For the last 10 years I have served as a priest at Queen of Peace Parish in Mesa; St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Phoenix; Our Lady of Perpetual help Parish in Scottsdale; and St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Williams Arizona along with St. Anne Mission in Ash Fork Arizona and St. Francis Parish in Seligman, AZ.
I am very excited and looking forward to serving as pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Sun City. I do have a great devotion to St. Elizabeth Seton, as well as to St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Josephine Bahkita.
Currently I am reading Tried By Fire, The History of the First Thousand Years of the Church, by William Bennett; The Final Confrontation by Mark Mallett; and Illuminate, the first Poetry Anthology of my niece, Kerrie O'Brien.
My favorite foods are all Mexican and Italian foods, Sushi and spicy Indian curries, as well as any kind of fish and, of course Irish cuisine.
For my sins, I am a part-time Cleveland Indians, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Detroit Red Wings fan, as well as the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals. I also love soccer, especially Chelsea (St. Thomas More lived there) and Glasgow Celtic (founded by the Marist Brother Walfrid) and the new Phoenix Rising.
I enjoy hiking, music, electronics, woodworking and when I have time, painting and iconography.
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05/29/17 5:34 am
Rome - "Let us reflect together on the ‘mission heart of the Christian faith’ in the light of the Apostolic Missionary Exhortation of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium. Let us have the courage of conversion, discernment, and authentic reform of each of us and of the institutions we serve, that is to say the Pontifical Mission Societies". This is how His Exc. Mgr. Protase Rugambwa, Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and President of the Pontifical Mission Societies , opened the works of the General Assembly of the PMS this morning, which will take place in Rome until Saturday, June 3 .
In greeting and thanking all those who "work on behalf and in favor of the Pontifical Mission Societies", Archbishop Rugambwa emphasized: "In full communion with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, let us not stop animating each other so that without fear and with great joy, may the announcement of the risen Christ make the Church a community of reconciled, open to welcome everyone, always ready to bring and communicate to everyone the efficacy of salvation. No one is excluded, all at the heart of evangelization, so that Churches rediscover at the center of their Christian faith the only mission assigned to them by the Lord Jesus Christ. "Read More
05/28/17 9:12 am
(Vatican Radio) On the second day running, Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians following an attack on a bus carrying Coptic pilgrims to a remote desert monastery.
Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni:Read More
05/28/17 8:49 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the victims of the Manchester concert attack and decried how “so many young lives were cruelly broken”.
Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis also said he is “close to the relatives and all those who are weeping for the dead.”Read More
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Joseph McGaffin, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish. He passed away Sunday February 12, 2017 at the age of 52.
Fr. Joe McGaffin was born December 8, 1964 in Utica, New York, and Ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Phoenix on June 1, 1996.
He served as Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Parish in Chandler, St. Paul Parish in Phoenix, St. Daniel the Prophet Parish in Scottsdale, St. Jerome Parish in Phoenix and St. Clement of Rome Parish in Sun City. He was named Pastor of Resurrection Parish in 2006 and St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in 2010 where he was Pastor until he was called home to the Lord.
He was hospitalized in October with respiratory problems. Fr. Joe had hoped to return to St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in the coming weeks to serve once again as their pastor. Saturday evening he attended the vigil Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton and received Holy Communion. He was called home by the Lord early Sunday morning. May he now receive the reward of a good and faithful servant.