The staff at St. Benedict Parish is dedicated to serving the needs of our community. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your thoughts, ideas, questions or concerns.

St. Benedict

Parish Office: 480.961.1610
Parish Fax: 480.961.1794
After Hours Emergency: Ext. 7

St. John Bosco School

School Office: 480.219.4848


Fr. James Aboyi, V.C.joined the parish as Parochial Administrator in July of 2018.  Prior to his assignment, Fr. James served as Parochial Vicar at Holy Cross in Mesa and Chaplain of Benedictine University in Mesa.

Fr. James Aboyi, VC, is originally from Nigeria in West Africa. He joined the Via Christi Society as one of the first four members of the society, and completed his philosophy and theology seminary studies in Nigeria. He was ordained a priest for the Via Christi Society on July 3, 2004, and was assigned to the Diocese of Tucson for his first priestly ministry shortly after in August 2004. During his assignment in Tucson, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Bartholomew in San Manuel; Parish Administrator at Infant Jesus of Prague in Kearny; Associate Pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Tucson; and Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Superior.

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Mary Jane has served the Parish of St. Benedict for nearly 6 years.  Her current position as Business Manager keeps her busy with the budget, accounting, HR, and much more.

She and her family have been active members of the parish for over 16 years.



As Director of Faith Formation, Sr. Colleen oversees all aspects of formation from children’s programs, such as Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, to adult programs, like Women’s Spirituality. She enjoys the love and openness of the St. Benedict community. She has dedicated her life to sharing the Gospel through prayer and teaching. When she is not doing just that, you may find her reading a good book or cheering for her favorite football team, the Packers. 

Carol Lawless joins the St. Benedict team as Liturgy Coordinator to assist Fr. James, Fr. Wilfred, and all of those serving in ministry here at St. Benedict Parish.  Being trained in all three levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has served as Carol’s formal liturgy training and greatly deepened her understanding of the mass.  She finds it an honor to witness God’s people accepting the gifts He has blessed them with (epiclesis) and offer them back (offertory) in many different ways.

Born in Minnesota, Carol escaped the cold to attended Arizona State University obtaining a BS in Management and an MBA in Service Marketing.  Prior to St Benedict Carol has taught atrium at St Timothy Catholic School, raised money for Maggie’s Place, traveled on Medical Missions to Nepal, Cambodia and Jamaica, cared for aging parents, chased her athletic kids and started a quilting business.


When you call or visit the parish office you will most likely speak to Amy first. Because of this, Amy has been referred to as the “Director of First Impressions.” She is our Administrative Assistant possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University. Before being a stay-at-home mom with her three children, she worked in the business world in the areas of publicity, marketing and public relations. Her duties at the church include greeting visitors, answering calls, creating the bulletin each week, arranging Mass Intentions, keeping the Parish calendar up-to-date, and assisting the Business Manager and the Pastor as needed. She is a native-born Phoenician and has been married for over 25 years. Her favorite activities include playing with her dog (Biscuit), exercising, shopping, listening to music and helping others.


When he was just 8 years old, Richard sang in a boys choir at Saint Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale, Illinois. Liturgical music has been at the center of his life since that time. He’s directed music in the Phoenix metro valley for many years, most recently serving as the Director of Sacred Music at Saint Mary Magdalene Parish in Gilbert, Arizona. His background includes extensive eperience in conteporary Christian music, as well as intensive training in Gregorian Chant. He’s served in many capacities: from an associate music director at Saints Simon and Jude Catheral in Phoenix, to professional cantor for the Cathedral of Saint Francis in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Richard finds beauty in the richness of the tradition of Catholic music. His personal interests include cooking, finding fantastic new restaurants and seeing at least 2 movies a week. He’s also a “tiny house” enthusiast.


Heather is the Coordinator of Children’s Faith Formation and partners with parents to grow our children’s faith through Journey of Faith, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and Sacrament preparation. In addition, she coordinates Family Service Saturday held every spring and helps organize parish-wide gatherings like Trunk-or-Treat and the Picnic. Heather is a Northern Arizona University alum with degrees in Public Relations, Speech Communication/Education, and Dance. She is excited to be part of the parish’s Faith Formation Team where she can combine her passions for faith, education and social justice. Heather grew up moving around the country as the daughter of an Air Force Colonel, spending her favorite years on the West Coast. She and her husband, Patrick, settled in Ahwatukee in 2009 after many years in Monterey, California where they both worked in youth and parish ministry. She is a dedicated mom of three and is mostly seen in the car shuttling them to and from their various schools and activities. Heather is a free-lance writer and editor, and maintains a blog that shares stories of her imperfect faith journey. Besides being an avid supporter of the Denver Broncos and the performing arts, she is grateful for naps and pizza delivery.


David has served as our Youth Coordinator since November 2013 and is charged with leading our high school and middle school teens closer to Christ through religious education and fellowship. David has been a member of the parish for 20 years, even doing his own youth formation here! When asked why he chose to work at St. Benedict, he simply replied, “Because it is my home.” David graduated from Arizona State University in May 2013 with Bachelor Degrees in Sociology and Religious Studies. He is currently working on his Masters of Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry at Grand Canyon University and is scheduled to receive his degree in November 2016. When David is not working at the parish or typing graduate papers, he enjoys working out, going to the movies, and watching his two favorite football teams: the Green Bay Packers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He loves the community here and greatly enjoys helping the youth of the parish develop their faith in God.


Mary is our veteran on staff!  She has been serving the St. Benedict community for over 10 years – if there is anything you want to know about the parish, Mary is your go-to-girl.  When she is not acting as the institutional historian, she is doing her day job.  Mary assists the Formation Team with registrations, session preparation, volunteer recruitment and training, and so much more.  She also serves as the parish coordinator for Safe Environment Training.

In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her kids and fiancée, as well as traveling, cars and dogs.  She loves working at St. Benedict because she can practice her faith and help others at the same time.