Monday Memo, Vol. 12, No. 8
Sept. 30, 2013

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas

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Photo by Victor Calderon Bishop Kicanas asks Philip and Lucia Montaño, who have been married 70 years, to explain what advice they would give other couples for a long marriage

Photo by Victor Calderon
Bishop Kicanas asks Philip and Lucia Montaño, who have been married 70 years, to explain what advice they would give other couples for a long marriage

They do!
This weekend, it was my joy to celebrate Mass and to receive the renewed wedding vows for 181 couples who came to St. Augustine Cathedral to re-commit themselves in marriage before God and their friends and families.


The event certainly is an affirmation of the Sacrament of Marriage and of these couples’ faith. Our longest-wed couple was Philip and Lucia Montaño, who have been married for 70 years.  This charming couple is wonderful.  Philip is 90 and Lucia is 85. They live in Oro Valley and attend St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, where they have worshipped for the last three years.  They were married in New Mexico in Oct. 1943. Amazing.  Ad Multos Annos, gloriosque annos (may they enjoy many more glorious years).


Both Philip and Lucia are very faithful to the Lord, and that faithfulness, they said, has led to their very long marriage.  As Philip said, The advice I would give to young couples is to honor the sacrament of marriage.”


This is the seventh Anniversary Mass we’ve held in our diocese, and each one has been well-attended. It is a beautiful, touching event to see these couples – some older, some just in the first year of their marriages – come together at the Cathedral.
I won’t list all the facts and figures from the event, but here’s a breakdown of the anniversaries:


Photo by Steff Koeneman Bishop takes the gifts brought up by Larry and Deanna Waller, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Photo by Steff Koeneman
Bishop takes the gifts brought up by Larry and Deanna Waller, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

First Anniversary: 12 couples
10th Anniversary: 18 couples
25th Anniversary: 39 couples
50th Anniversary: 44 couples
55th Anniversary: 4 couples
60th plus Anniversary: 45 couples


There also were several couples who fell between the anniversary categories, such as having been married 44 years or something like that.


Congratulations to all that attended, and to all those celebrating and living strong, happy married lives.  You are truly blessed!


My thanks to Grace Lohr of our Pastoral Services Department, who coordinated this Annual Mass, and to the many Pastoral Center staff members especially Steff Koeneman and our Communications staff for taking pictures to commemorate the event, as well as to those who assisted with the logistics and hospitality.


You can read some local news media coverage of the Mass at


Women discerning a possible life as Consecrated Religious along with several sisters currently serving the Diocese of Tucson gathered at the Pastoral Center on Saturday.

Women discerning a possible life as Consecrated Religious along with several sisters currently serving the Diocese of Tucson gathered at the Pastoral Center on Saturday.

Bilingual Vocation Retreat
This took place Saturday in the All Saints Room at the Bishop Manuel Moreno Pastoral Center.  Six young women attended, all eager to explore something that was stirring in their hearts regarding God’s plan for them.


Sister Lois Paha, O.P., , D.Min, co-chair of the Vocation Committee, led the retreat with her team including: Sister Esther Calderon, O.P., Sister Eileen Mahoney, C.S.A., and Sister Jeanne Bartholomeaux, S.C., our Vicar of Vowed Religious.


The day started with an invitation for the Holy Spirit to be present with the participants as they explored the different lifestyles lived by Consecrated Religious Women. These include Apostolic and Missionary sisters as well as Monastic and Contemplative nuns.  Prayer, the sisters’ story-telling about personal vocation, and represented congregations, along with questions were designed to lead those present to be more confident and at peace with their discernment process.


Let us continue to pray for the men and women who entertain the possibility of embracing Consecrated Religious Life as brothers or sisters to serve God’s people along with the men who respond to the call to priesthood.
Look for information in future Monday Memos about the next discernment retreat that will occur in March.


image010100 years in  Hayden
Hayden, Winkelman, Sonora, Kelvin, Christmas were all vibrant communities during the copper mining days in that area.  Discalced Carmelites, who served throughout the mining communities, served Hayden and Winkelman as well as the neighboring areas in 1911. At that time the towns were booming. Hayden had 2,500 people and Winkelman another 1000. Father Pascasio, O.C.D., first began helping in Hayden in 1913. He bought a horse and saddle for $60 so he could ride from Hayden to Mammoth and Oracle. He celebrated Mass at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden,  walked to Winkelman for a 10:30 a.m. Mass, and traveled by horse to the other areas. He said it was tiring, but that he got used to it. It was the heat that bothered him. He said some days he thought he was going to fry. He lost 12 pounds that year.


St. Joseph was erected in Hayden and Our Lady of Guadalupe was built in Winkelman. Diocesan priests beginning with Father Bryan Sherry began serving the community in 1947. In 1974 a new Church was built in Hayden and the two old churches were no longer used. They brought the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Winkelman and a crucifix from the old St. Joseph and placed them in the new Church as a remembrance.


Father Matthew  Thayil, M.S.F.S.

Father Matthew
Thayil, M.S.F.S.

Saturday was a day of pride for Father Matthew Thayil, M.SF.S., administrator of St. Joseph, and for all of the community as the parish celebrated its 100th anniversary. The community gathered at a local golf course for an outdoor dinner with music and dancing. It was a delightful day for all. The Parish Council helped organize anniversary events that began under Father Dale Branson continued under Father Robert Rodriquez and that were completed by Father Matthew.


Today there is a photograph of Msgr. Raul Trevizo mounted on in the vestibule of St. Joseph Church.  He is now pastor at St. John the Evangelist and Vicar for Hispanic Affairs, but he was raised in Hayden. Congratulations to this parish community; two small towns, one big history lesson!


Tomorrow I will be traveling to Newark, N.J., to give a presentation at the 24th Annual Conference of the National Association of Hispanic Priests, or Asociacion Nacional de Sacerdotes Hispanso (ANSH).  My talk will reflect on the theme of the conference, Pastores Dabo Vobis, the post-synodal document of Pope John Paul II on the priesthood.


I will share with the Hispanic priests the importance of stepping away from the business of their lives to consider the great gift of being called to serve as priests. I also will discuss some of the challenges of priestly ministry today, including the gift of celibacy, the lack of personal support and affirmation, the difficulty of working in a critical, polarized society, and the struggle of making the Gospel message heard. I will encourage them to stay focused on their prayer life and their service to those most in need.


Latinos make up about 40 percent of U.S. Catholics, but less than 8 percent of the nation’s priests are Hispanic.  Of that 8 percent, 40 percent are foreign born priests.


image015More directly, of the 47,000 priests in the United States, 2,700 are Hispanic, and just six percent of all priests speak Spanish. Latinos are underrepresented among bishops, priests, permanent  deacons, lay  ecclesial ministers and seminarians in the United States.


Every year, I am confronted with the great need for Spanish speaking priests to serve here in our own diocese.  It is not just about the language; this diocese and many others in this country are in dire need of priests who also possess understanding for the many Spanish speaking cultures. There simply are not enough such priests to go around.


I hope to gain some additional insights about the needs and challenges for Hispanic priests during my time at the conference, maybe I will even recruit a few to minister here.


There is an interesting article on this topic that appeared in the March edition of U.S. Catholic online. You can find it at and another article about last year’s Hispanic Priests conference at
Equestrian Order of the of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
I will return to Tucson only briefly before heading out again on Friday, when I will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to give another presentation, this one to the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre during their Annual Meeting of Investiture, with the theme, “Faith is Ascending”.


My presentation will cover three areas: called to Holiness, called to defend the faith, and called to work for justice and peace. It will be an overview of the troubles in the Middle East and the plight of Christians and Syrian refugees.


The Equestrian Order is a venerable organization whose mission is to support and to uphold the rights of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, as described by the Vatican:
“The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is the only lay institution of the Vatican State charged with the task of providing for the needs of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and of all the activities and initiatives to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land.”


We have a vibrant group of Knights and Ladies here in our diocese; many of the members are well-known for their work for the diocese, as they serve on many of our committees or have strong involvement in their parishes. The members are dedicated and generous to the Church.  I am very grateful to Ernie and Kathy Nedder who are the lead couple for the Knights and Ladies. They are doing a fabulous job.



Bishop William Michael Mulvey, S.T.L., D.D.,

Priest retreats:
On Monday, Oct.7, I will celebrate Mass and participate in a portion of the first annual priest retreat this year that began on Oct. 6.  This retreat, which will conclude Oct. 11, is being led by the Most Reverend Michael Mulvey, Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas.  Bishop William Michael Mulvey, S.T.L., D.D., was ordained the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi on March 25, 2010. The second of six children, he completed all of his education at Catholic schools, including St. Theresa and St. Cecilia, and St. Thomas High School in Houston. He graduated from St. Edward’s Catholic High School in Austin in 1967 and St. Edward’s University in 1971 with a BBA.


He attended seminary at the North American College in Rome from 1971-1976 and earned his bachelor’s degree of Sacred Theology from St. Thomas University (Angelicum) in 1974 and  licentiate (master’s degree) in Sacred Theology from Gregorian University in 1976. Bishop Mulvey was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin by Pope Paul VI in 1975 in St. Peter’s Square. As a priest of the Diocese of Austin, Bishop Mulvey had several parish assignments and has also served as the Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and Director of Center for Spirituality for Diocesan Priests of the Focolare Movement in Hyde Park, N.Y.  He brings gifts of spirituality and pastoral leadership to his preaching and prayer.


We look forward to Bishop Mulvey’s presence with our priests on the first week of retreat.


There is a second priests retreat Oct. 13 through Oct. 18. I will be unable to be present for that retreat because of the Presbyteral Council Meeting and because of an upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  I will be with the priests in spirit, and will have a letter read by Father Jim Hobert at the second retreat.


Father Felix Just, S.J., PhD

Father Felix Just, S.J., PhD

Father Felix Just, S.J., PhD will lead the second retreat.  He is the Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality located in Orange, Calif.  He has also served as the Director of Biblical Education at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality.  Soon after Felix was born in Berlin, Germany, the Just family moved to Tucson, where he graduated from Tucson High School and studied Mathematics at the University of Arizona (B.S. 1978; M.S. 1980). He entered the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1980 and was ordained a priest in 1991. His areas of interest include the Gospel and Letters of John, the Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature, the Roman Catholic Liturgy, and the Lectionary for Mass.  Father Just is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Catholic Theological Society of America. His ministry includes public lectures, workshops, and retreats for parishes and dioceses on a wide variety of biblical, liturgical, spiritual, and theological topics. He is the author of seven audio-CD programs from Now You Know Media, and he maintains a large internationally-acclaimed website with a wide variety of biblical and liturgical materials (


Father Just brings many gifts of preaching and prayer with the scripture to any group he serves.  We welcome Father Just back to his hometown as the leader of our second retreat group.
image021A healing garden . . .
On Sunday evening, Oct. 6, I will preside over the blessing of the Christina-Taylor Green Healing Garden and the Teresa Bier Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St. Odilia Parish, 7570 N. Paseo del Norte.


As you may recall, Christina Taylor-Green was the youngest victim of the dreadful Jan. 8, 2011 shooting that killed six people and that critically wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and wounded 13 others.  Teresa Bier was a long time parish employee and pillar of dedication at St. Odilia’s, who passed away in April of this year.


After the blessing at 5 p.m., there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for the 48th Anniversary of the parish, followed by a parish dinner in the hall.


As I was working on this Memo, I came across some wording from St. Odilia’s bulletin that seems to encapsulate how this parish works:


We welcome each other with open arms.
We accept and celebrate our diversity.
We listen to each other with open minds.
We share with each other our common faith.
We love each other with open hearts.
We recognize and respond to the Lord’s call
to discipleship and mission.
We provide a safe environment for all of our Faith Community.
It seems appropriate that the Healing Garden and Chapel found their home at St. Odilia’s.


New Assignment
After much prayer and reflection, Father William Remmel, S.D.S., has decided to retire as pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Tucson where he has served for 12 years. Father Remmel plans to remain in Tucson and, when possible, to provide help to parishes needing a priest for sacraments.


Father Thomas Tureman, S.D.S., has been appointed temporary administrator. Very Rev. Joseph Rodrigues, S.D.S., Provincial of the Salvatorians, and I will choose a Salvatorian pastor for the parish, who will begin on July 1, 2014.


I am grateful for the presence of the Salvatorians, who also staff our Jordan Ministry Program.


Lancer football
The Salpointe Lancers continue to be a marvel to everyone with their five and zero record. In each game so far this year they have run up over 40 points. Go Lancers!


Faith Alive Sat. Oct. 26 Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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Often times we live our lives as zombies, going through the day to day, unfazed the loving presence of God in every moment.  At YOUTHfest2013, the young church will have an opportunity to AWAKEN their faith through music, fun, food, and Mass; to DISCOVER new insights about our faith through workshops, and be INSPIRED to live their faith in all aspects of their lives through the strong witness of our keynote presenter.


We are happy to welcome Jackie Francois-Angel to the Diocese to share her reflections on Faith Alive.


YOUTHfest is a daylong event for teens in junior high and high school.  Experiences such as these play such an important part in the life of our youth and provide new excitement and encouragement for them to take back to their parishes and schools.  All teens must register with their parish or school – registration forms can be found here:


Jackie Francois-Angel is a full-time traveling speaker, singer/songwriter, and worship leader from Orange County, CA. In 2006, she became an artist with OCP/ with whom she has released two albums. She has been involved in youth ministry since she graduated high school, and she now travels the globe speaking to young people about God’s love and leading worship for various events and ministries. She is friends with people who are passionate about God, food, and coffee, and perhaps saints. Check out iTunes or to get Jackie’s albums “Your Kingdom is Glorious” and “Divine Comedy.”


New this year is an opportunity for parents, catechists, youth ministers, and others interested in sharing our faith with the young church.  Frank Mercadante, of Cultivation Ministries, will be our workshop presenter.  Frank received his bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Wheaton College, a M.P.S. from Loyola University, Chicago. For 10 years he served as Director of Youth Ministry at St. John Neumann in St. Charles, Illinois, which was recognized as one of the most successful Catholic youth ministries nationwide. Frank also has authored the books Growing Teen Disciples, Positively Dangerous, and Make It Real from St. Mary’s Press and Disciples in Mission Small Group Leaders Guide for Teens from PNCEA. Frank received the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award in Training from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in 2008. I knew Frank when I was in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is a dynamic and gifted person who has dedicated his life to youth work.