Name of Church Queen of Peace

Address 141 N. MacDonald St., Mesa, AZ 85201

Phone number (480) 969-9166


Mass Schedule Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 7 a.m., 9 a.m. (Spanish), 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish), 4 p.m., 6 p.m. (Spanish). Daily, 8:30 a.m. Latin Mass first Fridays at 7 p.m.

Confessions Tuesdays, 7 – 8 p.m. Saturdays, 9 – 10 a.m.

Names of priests Father Thomas Bennett, pastor. Father Dan Vanyo, parochial vicar. Father Bennet is a fantastic spiritual leader, although very busy, as he was appointed dean for the east valley a few years ago. Father Vanyo, 46, is very good, too. He is a late vocation, ordained in 2012, and was appointed by Diocese of Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted to also serve as chaplain of Arizona’s first Catholic college, Benedictine University at Mesa. (Listen to their sermons online on the parish website.)

Special activities and groups Pro-life rosary Mondays, 7 a.m. at local abortion clinic; St. Vincent de Paul Society; Eucharistic Adoration, Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Legion of Mary; Life Teen & young adult ministries.

Music English & Spanish choirs

Fellow parishioners It is a predominantly Hispanic parish, and among the poorest of the diocese. The parish leadership’s focus has been to move its parishioners to a living practice of their faith, rather than having it be merely a cultural tradition.

School Yes, a major feature of the parish. They recently completed a new school building.

Additional observations Queen of Peace is a parish of the Diocese of Phoenix, located in historic downtown Mesa.