Monday Memo, Jan. 21, 2014
Vol. 3 No. 2

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas







In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King
Yesterday, our country remembered the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, who sought, peacefully, for people of color to gain the right of respect and dignity and the ability to pursue productive lives in the United States.


While many gains have been made since the 1960s, we must remember that many of the societal issues Dr. King and others fought to abolish still chain millions of people in our country and worldwide: poverty, hunger, enslavement, brutality, discrimination based on religious belief or ethnic heritage and lack of education.


As we remember Dr. King this week. Let us remember that without respect for the dignity of all human life, we will continue to battle the woes of human suffering.


Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for all of us to work for the end of poverty, and he provides us a powerful  example of how to live.  While our Holy Father is being given many accolades for his work, and rightly so, I want to share with you parts of the 26th Annual World Day of Peace message that Pope John Paul II released in 1993.  He also recognized that poverty is at the root of many causes of human despair.


1 January 1993
“If you want peace…”
What person of good will does not long for peace? Today, peace is universally recognized as one of the highest values to be sought and defended. And yet, as the specter of a deadly war between opposing ideological blocs fades away, grave local conflicts continue to engulf various parts of the world . . . Nothing seems able to halt the senseless violence of arms: neither the joint efforts to promote an effective truce, nor the humanitarian activity of the International Organizations, nor the chorus of appeals for peace which rise from the lands stained by the blood of battle. Sadly, the aberrant logic of war is prevailing over the repeated and authoritative calls for peace.


image004Our world also shows increasing evidence of another grave threat to peace: many individuals and indeed whole peoples are living today in conditions of extreme poverty. The gap between rich and poor has become more marked, even in the most economically developed nations. This is a problem which the conscience of humanity cannot ignore, since the conditions in which a great number of people are living are an insult to their innate dignity and as a result are a threat to the authentic and harmonious progress of the world community.


The gravity of this situation is being felt in many countries of the world: in Europe as well as in Africa, Asia and America. In various regions the social and economic challenges which believers and all people of good will have to face are many. Poverty and destitution, social differences and injustices, some of them even legalized, fratricidal conflicts and oppressive regimes — all of these appeal to the conscience of whole peoples in every part of the world.


. . .To say “peace” is really to speak of much more than the simple absence of war. It is to postulate a condition of authentic respect for the dignity and rights of every human being, a condition enabling him to achieve complete fulfillment. The exploitation of the weak and the existence of distressing pockets of poverty and social inequality constitute so many delays and obstacles to the establishment of stable conditions for an authentic peace.


I encourage everyone to read through this timeless message.  Click here for the full text:


Knights of Columbus Dinner
On Sunday we celebrated the amazing ministry career of Msgr. Arsenio Carrillo, the long-time pastor at St. Augustine Cathedral and former Vicar General for our Diocese, during the 10th Annual  “Dinner with the Bishop” put on by the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Don H. Hughes Assembly.MM-Oct


Proceeds from this dinner benefit the Priests Retirement Fund.


As always, the Knights, led by Marty Ronstadt and Kelly Bequette, and the entire Msgr. Hughes Assembly, put on a gracious affair of dining and socializing. Some of our retired priests attended, and many parishes and Knight Councils were also involved.


Msgr. Arsenio Carrillo, seated with his friends Msgr. Tom Cahalane, pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, and Herminia Gantt, also from OMOS.

Msgr. Arsenio Carrillo, seated with his friends Msgr. Tom Cahalane, pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, and Herminia Gantt, also from OMOS.

Msgr. Carrillo was in attendance for the evening, surrounded by family and some of his fellow priests, as we all viewed a short video about Msgr. produced by our own Steff Koeneman.  As you may know, Msgr. Carrillo was born just blocks from our Cathedral in the Barrio Anita area and served at Cathedral, Immaculate Conception in Douglas and Holy Family – in his home neighborhood – during his long ministry.


It was particularly touching to hear him recall that his favorite ministry was taking Holy Communion to the sick and homebound because those were the people of his flock that could not get to Church.  A very humble man, endowed with a quick sense of humor hinted at in the video, he told Steff Koeneman, our Director of Communications, that tending to the people who could not leave their homes left many impressions on him, and he felt that his visits helped them both spiritually and emotionally – and that type of service gave him great pleasure.


My thanks, again, to the Knights of Columbus and all those that supported the dinner, for their service to our Diocese and their concern for our retired priests.



image007March for Life
I am always inspired by the number of people, who turn out for our Mass and March for Life on the occasion of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that has led to countless numbers of abortions in our country. Along the way last Saturday, I walked and prayed with so many young people from our parishes who were led by their priest or youth ministers. There were families with infants in strollers, elderly people who courageously persevered in the walk, people of different faiths who joined in the nearly mile long line of participants. The march ends at Holy Hope Cemetery where we hold a brief ceremony.


image009At the rose ceremony each year, someone from each generation since Roe vs. Wade was decided, place a rose in honor of the unborn who never got to see the light of day.


I pray our prayer and march will intensify our efforts on behalf of the unborn who have no way of defending themselves, and that we will commit ourselves to help women who are struggling with a wrenching decision by showing them that there are alternatives to abortion and letting them know we are walking with them in their struggles.


image012My gratitude to Kelly Copeland and his committee.  He has organized the March since it began in Tucson 17 years ago. Thanks as well to the Knights of Columbus who led the March; to the choir from Our Lady of Grace Parish in Maricopa; to the the servers, gift bearers and readers from San Martin de Porres, St. Helen’s in Eloy, Sacred Heart in Nogales, St. Augustine Cathedral and St. Thomas the Apostle parishes. I was delighted to see so many of our priests participate in the Mass, the March, and the Rose ceremony on a Saturday — such a busy time for our priests.



Ascension Health
It will be my pleasure to address senior leadership of the Ascension Health network at their Leadership Academy being held in Scottsdale on Tuesday.  Part of Ascension Health Care, the Academy is designed as a “formation experience to develop a community of virtuous servant leaders who are equipped to lead Ascension Health . . . into the future as a Ministry of the Catholic Church.”


image013My presentation will cover three topics:  The role and responsibilities of the bishop in health care; the purpose and importance of the ethical directives that guide Catholic Health Care; and my thoughts about how health care leaders can build strong relationships with local Ordinaries, or other Bishops.


As you know, the Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, have been hard at work trying to navigate through health care politics over the last two years.  Healthcare and how the Church relates to health care is very complicated and I am encouraged that Ascension Health is doing what it can to keep its leaders become educated and involved in this topic.


image020School Marketing
Our School Marketing Committee will be come together again Wednesday to discuss fine tuning for the upcoming Catholic Schools Week.  As I mentioned in last week’s Memo, each of our Catholic Schools are holding Open Houses for parents or grandparents interested in sending their children or grandchildren to one of our schools.


This also is a great time for our schools to show off the wonderful programs available at our schools that are combined with strong academic instruction and faith instruction.


To view the Open House Schedule: click here


Parish Board of Directors’ Convocation
We will hold our annual Convocation for the members of our parish Boards of Director on Saturday (Jan. 25) at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish.  This convocation gives me and other key pastoral staff that work with our parishes an opportunity to convey important information, provide training and to hear from our parishes leaders about their concerns and suggestions.


The day follows an intense agenda including beginning with Mass and introductions from both myself and our Moderator of the Curia, Msgr. Al Schifano.  Following the brief opening comments, participants will hear from a keynote panel on “Shepherding Stewardship”. Those presenting include Father  Viliulfo Valderrama, of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Tucson;  Deacon Anthony Underwood, of Saint Patrick Parish in Bisbee; Father Joseph Lombardo, of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Tucson;  and Father Greg Adolph, of St. Andrew the Apostle in Sierra Vista.


The panel will cover topics such as how to provide/enhance a sense of stewardship at the parish; the best practices for spreading the stewardship message; and how to “harness” time, talent and resources at the parish.  There also will be a discussion about challenges a parish may face and how to work through those challenges.


We also will hold a special recognition for parishes that have shown excellence in their efforts to maintain their corporate structure and responsibilities, and  I  will present a State of the Diocese report, followed by a question and answer period.


For the remainder of the day our new board members will participate in orientation and training to give  them help with step by step skills’ training so they can be effective in their responsibilities as a member of the parish’s corporate board.


I am extremely grateful to the work of our Boards of Directors who combine their love and stewardship of their parish with the sometimes challenging work of guiding the parish along in its financial and ministerial path.  These Directors have a legal and fiduciary duty to properly administrate the Parish Corporation, and this Convocation is vital in helping them explore the tools and processes to maintain proper corporate procedures.


My thanks to all of the Fathers and their staffs who assisted us with the panel presentation, and to Father Lombardo and his parish for being such gracious hosts.  My gratitude also to Msgr. Al Schifano, to Danielle Palmas who oversees our Corporate Boards, and to Kathy Rhinehart, our Chancellor, for their planning of this important gathering.


Happy Anniversary Kino Border Initiative
I will be attending the annual Board meeting for the KBI on Friday here at our diocesan pastoral center. We will be reviewing the Initiative’s accomplishments and challenges from 2013 as well as the 2013 finance and development reports. There also will be election of officers for the KBI’s 2014 Board of Directors.
My congratulations to those involved in the work of the Kino Border Initiative which is celebrating it’s fifth anniversary of working for migrants in Ambos Nogales.  From Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, the KBI will offer these events as part of its anniversary celebration:


Jan. 24:  11 a.m. 11:00 am: Showing of the documentary La Bestia in the Universidad de Sonora in Nogales, Sonora with special guests Father Alejandro Solalinde and Hiram González Machi.


6:30 pm: The opening ceremony will be celebrated with a Mass at Cristo Rey Parish in Nogales, Sonora


image021Jan. 25: 1 p.m. Forum: “Divided Borders, United Voices: Transborder Movement


for the Right to Migrate with Dignity” at  the Museo de Arte in Nogales, Sonora.


A master lecture presented by Father Alejandro Solalinde, a world-renowned defender of migrant rights. Panelists from both sides of the border will join him in order to talk about the current landscape of migration and binational solidarity. After the forum, there will be a binational art exposition and live music by La Muna, accompanied by refreshments.


Jan. 26: 1 p.m. A closing ceremony will be celebrated with a Mass at San Felipe de Jesús Parish in Nogales, Arizona.


Over the last five years, KBI provided 45,939 meals to migrant men, women and children in Nogales, Sonora, and hosted 479 women and children at Nazareth House in Nogales, Sonora. The organization also offered 110 educational activities, which include group visits, immersions and presentations and took part in two U.S. Congressional Ad-Hoc Committee hearings to address issues of concern on the border last year.


As you know our diocese always is concerned about the welfare of migrants and areas affecting immigration.  My thanks to Father Sean Carroll, S.J., executive director of the KBI, and to Luisa Ledford, Director of Development and Outreach, and all those associated with KBI for their hard work in helping to meet the needs of our migrant community.


To find out more about the organization and its work, please visit:


image022Congratulations St. Mark’s
Seems like yesterday when I attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new St. Mark’s Catholic Church.  At the time, the only clue we had about the future church was the artist’s rendering .  That was about two years ago, and I am sure the St. Mark’s Parish community is more than ready to use their new church!  Construction is finished and it will be my joy to dedicate this beautiful structure for generations of ministry and prayer.  The Mass of Dedication will take place Sunday at the church, 2727 W. Tangerine Road in Oro Valley, beginning at 10 a.m.


Thanks to all those who have planned and worked and worried during this construction project, including Father Liam Leahy, the former parish pastor who started the project; his successor, Father Patrick Kennedy, current pastor; John Shaheen, our director of property and insurance; and all the people of St. Mark who have been incredibly stewards sharing their time, talent, and resources to make this beautiful new church a reality in which we can all be proud.


Welcome Superiors!
The Redemptorist Renewal Center is hosting the annual meeting of the Conference of Major Superiors, beginning on Sunday (Jan. 26).


I look forward to welcoming and speaking briefly with the leaders of many men religious orders from across the nation as they begin their meeting.  Hopefully, our fine Tucson weather will hold out so that they can enjoy the beauty of the Redemptorist center in the warmer temperatures we boast about.


Christian Unity Week
This week we celebrate Christian Unity Week, a time in which we pray for the unity of all Christians at one table. All recent popes have seen the unity of all Christians as a major priority. In Tucson we will celebrate the week at an ecumenical service on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at First Methodist Church on Park and 4th beginning at  7 p.m . All are welcome. I will be delivering the homily for the service and I look forward to joining in prayer with ministers of many faith communities in our community.


Christ’s final prayer with his disciples was a plea for unity among his disciples. We continue dialogue and prayer that we hope will lead to the unity the Lord wants.


St. Mary’s New Heart and Vascular Center
Carondelet/Ascension Health will inaugurate their recently completed Heart and Vascular Center. As you remember,  Carondelet/Ascension Health closed Tucson Heart Hospital it had purchased several years ago from the founding doctors’ group  established it. They now are moving the services to St. Mary’s Hospital in the new Heart and Vascular Center. It is a state of the art facility that  joins the Neurological Center at St.Joseph Hospital as exceptional medical resources in our community. The inauguration will be held from 4 -7 p.m. at St. Mary’s. I look forward to offering a prayer and blessing of the new facility.


image024Diocesan Directory

We are working on our Diocesan Directory – the 2014 printed edition will be the first since 2011 – and expect it to be published in February. In the meantime, we have posted an online directory available at our homepage. You can use the link above or go to, scroll to the center of the page and click on Online Directory. The online version is ipad and smart phone compatible and will be updated every three months.


Here’s how the online directory looks; the boxes below are not active, but online simply click on the box with information you wish to view and the information will be displayed.


Sat. Feb 1: Compliance Representative Annual Meeting
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
8:30 a.m. to 2 pm.

This very important gathering of the safety compliance officers from each parish and school in our Diocese will include a panel of State and Diocesan leaders presenting safety topics.


Our compliance officers help ensure that all employees and volunteers working in our Diocese have had background screenings, and that all are trained to recognized abuse and to report concerns immediately to protect all those working or receiving care from our Diocese.


We must remain vigilant in our efforts to provide safe environments for our children and vulnerable adults in our community. I know it is hard and difficult to see to it that all who are working with children in our parishes and schools are properly screened and continually educated on our diocesan commitment to protect children and vulnerable adults in the household of faith.


For more information, please call our Protection Office at 838-2533.


Please pray
Remember in your prayers the brother of Father Robert Carney who died recently. Father Carney also lost his mother not long ago.


Pray for Karen McEwen ’s mother Margaret Nibes. Karen ministers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and she and her husband William are members of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher.