News from the Arizona Peace Center

Arizona Marian Conference goes virtual

After a great deal of prayer and discussion, the Board decided to create a virtual event. The deciding factors were the unknown elements which effected planning the event and safety concerns. Thank you to anyone who responded to the survey. Your insights were very helpful.


Virtual Conference Theme: Mary, Our Hope.

The Board felt that that message was needed today. We have reached out to our speakers and are in the process of having their talks recorded. We are also exploring having a few zoom prayer events. More information to come!

Evening to Honor Our Lady

Friday, June 25 at 6 p.m. (Phoenix time)


Please join us as Fr. Jozo Grbes celebrates Mass online. Fr. Grbes is a popular speaker at our conferences. Watch for Zoom information! It will be emailed to you Monday, June 20.


Fr. Jozo “Joe” Grbes, OFM was born in Rama, Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 17, 1966. As a child, his family moved to Pozega, Slavonia. He joined the Franciscan Order in 1986 in Humac. Fr. Grbes studied philosophy and theology at colleges in Sarajevo, Canterbury and London, England where he graduated in 1992.

He arrived in the United States on October 2, 1992 and was ordained a priest on February 7, 1993 at SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish in New York. After his ordination, he continued his pastoral duties in the same parish while taking post-graduate courses at St. John’s University where he received a Master’s Degree in theology.

In 1996, Fr. Jozo was transferred to St. Jerome’s in Chicago as assistant pastor. He became St. Jerome’s pastor from 2001 to 2013. He continued his post-graduate work in pastoral theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In 2012, he was elected Franciscan Custos/Superior for the Croatian Franciscan Fathers in the USA and Canada. He resides at the Franciscan Fathers main friary in Chicago.


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