Monday Memo, Aug. 11, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 2

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas



Please note: The Bishop Manuel Moreno Pastoral Center will be closed Friday, Aug. 15, in observance of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



image006Hail Holy Queen
This Friday we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the most significant Marian Feast days when we commemorate the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay.


Mary also is the patron saint of the Americas.  It is fitting that we try to follow her example as a way to be closer to Christ. After all, she is the great disciple. Mary was deeply devoted to God and she followed her faith through many of her life’s difficulties.


As we remember our Blessed Mother on Friday, let’s also remember how she lived in love and faith and try to follow her way, beginning with our own families and extending that light of love to all those around us.


“O Mary, my Mother,
I offer you my soul, my mind, and my heart.
Make of me God’s instrument.
Give me a penetrating mind to discover,
firm to judge,
open to understand,
free to serve the truth;
an honest mind in telling what it sees rather than what it wants to see;
a tolerant mind which does not dictate to other people,
but which explains what it sees clearly;
a mind infused by the light and the truth of your Son Jesus,
patient in faith,
while waiting for the vision of eternal life.



(–A. Hanrion, S.J. Translated and adapted from Fernand Lelotte, S.J., Rabboni,
Consignes et prieres pour mieux servir (Paris, Casterman, 1958),
by Chau T. Phan, Rider University Catholic Campus Ministry. Found at


image008While many of our parishes are named in honor of Mary, just one bears the name of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and that parish is located in the northern part of our diocese in Florence. The parish also is one of our more historic parishes since it was established way back in 1870, even before our diocese was officially established.


You can check out the parish website at


A World in Need
As we listen to the news lately our hearts are saddened and distressed by the number of innocent people, even children, in so many places around the world who are suffering the ravages of war and violence. Our prayers go out to those innocents who have died in Gaza, Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those inflicted with the Ebola virus in countries in Africa. We remember their loved ones. One cannot but feel pain seeing the children in these places terrified, starving, and distressed. Among the many suffering are Christians in Iraq who are living in fear of their lives. Let us hold all those suffering in our prayers asking God to end the violence still so prominent in our world.


Deacon Convocation
The deacons of the Diocese gathered for their annual convocation last weekend. The convocation is held every year in August as a weekend of education and renewal for all of the deacons of the Diocese.


They began with a presentation from Dr. Rosemary Celaya-Alston for their annual safety awareness training. That session was followed by dinner and a presentation by Angel Gonzales of Catholic Cemeteries covering the importance of deacons in that ministry, new ideas for community building by the cemeteries, and ways the cemeteries can partner more closely with the local Catholic Community including parishes and schools.


Saturday’s presentation was presented by Sister Carol Keehan D.C., R.N, M.S., president of Catholic Health Association of the United States. Her presentation covered how to:


1. Support deacons who are engaged in ministry to sick, dying.

2. Interest more deacons in this ministry, both directly and supporting lay ministers.

3. Learn more how to support/follow-up on priests who administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

4. To determine what training is needed/desired by deacons.


The deacons also had a chance to renew their obedience to the Bishop with 100 deacons and 6o wives attending.


Sister Carol Keehan , a member of the Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, an order that is devoted to serving the poor through corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Sister has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Health Association since 2005. The CHA is “a trade association of hospitals, nursing homes, surgical centers and clinics.”


Sister Carol Keehan

In 2007, Sister Carol was named “Most Powerful Person in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, a leading trade journal (Modern Healthcare, Aug. 27, 2007).


She represented the CHA at a While House Health Reform Summit in March 2009, and joined others there in calling for immediate reforms. Sister’s work has not been without controversy, as health care issues often are complicated by political and religious concerns.


I have known Sister Carol for many years and had the privilege of serving with her on the Board of Catholic Relief Services. I am delighted she accepted our invitation to make a presentation.
For more information you can read


The role of deacons in today’s Church is remarkable, and I truly value the service these amazing ministers provide to our diocese every day. They provide much needed assistance to our priests and parishes, and I have no doubt that our pastors feel the same way. My thanks to each of the deacons, and to their wives, who also share in the ministry and devotion their husbands impart to our parishes.


My thanks also to Deacon Ken Moreland, Vicar of Deacons; to Dr. Paul Duckro, also a deacon, Ken Wolff and to Peg Harmon, chief executive officer of Catholic Community Services for their role in planning the convocation.


Well done!
I am very pleased to share with you the news that on Thursday, July 31, 2014, the Annual Catholic Appeal reached the pledge goal of $3,721,840! We are incredibly thankful for all the hard work by pastors, lay leaders, parish support staff, and, of course, the very generous donors.



Reaching the pledge goal does not mean that the campaign is over for 2014. Reaching the pledge goal is only one step, admittedly a very important step, to a truly successful campaign. Other important components include pledge fulfillment and wide-spread participation.


While pledges are wonderful and appreciated it is the fulfilled pledge when combined with one-time only gifts that bolsters the Diocese ability to provide services and support that no one parish can offer on its own. Like most Dioceses the Diocese of Tucson is funded through three sources; the Chancery Assessment which is paid by all parishes and is calculated as 7% of all unrestricted collections, gifts, and bequests; the Annual Catholic Appeal; and investment income. Because the Diocese of Tucson has limited funds to invest, it does not have a large amount of investment income thus making a fulfilled Annual Catholic Appeal all the more important if the twenty six ministries and charities so important for the work of our diocese are to be fully funded.


When the Live in Faith, Give in Love appeal reached the overall goal, 35 parishes had already reached their pledge goal. A healthy campaign enjoys equal participation, percentage wise, from all participants – in every pew, in every parish. My hope is that every parish would reach its goal which then would also make possible grants to needy parishes. Many pastors are working hard to get their parishes to goal and I deeply appreciate their heroic efforts to get as many people as possible to participate.


If you have already made a gift or pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal, I thank you for your generosity and support. If you have not yet participated, I ask you to consider supporting the appeal. To participate in the appeal or see how close your parish is to its goal, visit


Thank you Msgr. Al!
Tomorrow, the Diocese is hosting a Mass of Thanksgiving and a party to show Msgr. Al Schifano, who retired from his post as Moderator of the Curia on July 31, our gratitude for his years of service in that role.


Many of us remember how well Msgr. Al guided us during our diocesan Chapter 11 re-organization – no small task, and how his business savvy, strength and faith led us along until the very long process was complete. The job was so well done, that other dioceses now seem to be following our example as a model in their own similar proceedings.


Without fail, our Msgr. Al kept things steady and moving forward. He was and is a great gift to our diocese!


All priests in our diocese, along with members of the Pastoral Center, along with Msgr. Al’s personal guests were invited to this event. We all bid Msgr. Al good luck as he now continues his service as Vicar General and Vocation Director for seminarians!


Rotary Club Presentation
I have been invited to speak to the Rotary Club tomorrow at McMahon’s Restaurant. Rotary does much good in the community and I look forward to speaking about the importance of the business community in responding to community needs. Their sensitivity and awareness of the needs of others and their willingness to assist accomplish much good.


Cemeteries Board Meeting
On Thursday our Cemeteries Board will hold its regular meeting. Mr. Thomas Smith is the new Chair. The Board will consider the work of the cemeteries over the last few months. The Board members are a big help to Mr. Anthony Crespo, our Director of Catholic Cemeteries, in setting a vision for the cemeteries, overseeing their financial status, and planning for future development.



Welcome to Rosemary Leon, who became the new Executive Director at the Reachout Women’s Center in Tucson earlier this summer.


The agency, located at 2648 N. Campbell Avenue, offers confidential pre- and post-natal counseling and pregnancy services free of charge.

Rosemary Leon


Leon replaces Lori Giovannini, who moved to another state. Leon has been an outreach coordinator with the Pima County Health Department, where she handled maternal, infant and early childhood care. She also was the Dental Program Director for St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Tucson.


Reachout had about 4,580 office visits in 2013, officials say. This is the first year the agency has had a full-time staff to complement more than 70 volunteers who help out in the office and are active in the Diocese of Tucson’s annual March For Life each January as well as their own annual walk each April.



image013Email reminder
If you haven’t already done so, please register and begin using the system immediately. Signing on and using your new email will assure that you stay in touch with important information relevant to our ministry in the Diocese. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marc Haley at 520-838-2503 or email him your questions at


Thanks to Marc Haley, our IT Manager, and Tom Arnold who oversees this area for getting the system, called DT Connect, in to operation.


Knights of Columbus
I attended the annual Supreme Convention for the Knights of Columbus in Orlando, Florida last week. I was pleased to see our state officers and Father Pat Crino, Arizona state Chaplain, attending as well. Eleven Cardinals and about 50 bishops from the United States, the Philippines and Mexico participated. The main events were a Convention Liturgy celebrated by Most Rev. William Lori, Episcopal Liaison to the Knights andArchbishop of Baltimore,; and Bishop John Noonan, the host bishop, who gave the homily. The Knights and their wives participate in a Convention Dinner at which each state gets to sing a song. (We need to change the Arizona song ,which is kind of dull). At the dinner Gary Sinese, the actor, talked about his foundation (the Gary Sinese Foundation) to support veterans.


The second Mass at the Convention was celebrated by Cardinal James Harvey, an American who has served in Rome for many years. The homily was given by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.


The Knights of Columbus in our diocese do so much good in helping the mission of the Church. They are tireless in their service.


Biblical Institute
Recently, Msgr. Tom Cahalane, pastor at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, approached me with the possibility of starting a Biblical Institute in the Diocese to provide opportunities for our people to study the bible. Father Felix Just, S.J., also has expressed an interest in assisting with the Institute.


There will be a meeting of pastors interested in this idea on Aug. 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish to discuss Institute plans. Part of the purpose of the meeting will be how we can encourage people to participate and other thoughts about the possibility of a Diocese of Tucson Biblical Institute.


Msgr. Tom also is interested in hosting a six-week “mini -institute” from Oct. 25 to Nov. 29. I’ll keep you posted about that in the future.


Upcoming in the Diocese:

Director of Religious Educators’ gathering
Saturday, Aug. 23


The annual gathering of parish Directors of Religious Education will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, 1800 S. Kolb Road. The gathering begins at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Bishop Gerald Kicanas and continues until 3:30 p.m.


To register contact Isabel Madrid at or call 520-838-2544with your name, parish and how many are attending from your parish. The deadline is Thursday, Aug. 14.



St. Kateri Tekakwitha Annual Indian Festival

Sept. 6-7
El Senior de los Milagros (behind Pueblo High School)
3410 S. 16th Ave. in Tucson

Fill you weekend with healthy food, fellowship and a good deed! The festival includes souvenir booths, food booths, games for children, mini-raffles ad lovely Native American and Mexican music and dancing, plus karaoke.

Proceeds from the festival go to will go to family catechesis, the Strong Catholic Family Project and youth ministry.



Reachout Pregnancy Center Gala

Sept. 6


The Annual Celebrate Life Gala will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive in Tucson. The guest speaker is Tiana Ronstadt, a Tucson mom and blogger who had a son who was diagnosed with Leukemia.


A reception begins at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow. The event is $70 per person and there is a silent auction and raffle during the evening. Tickets may be purchased online at .


Proceeds benefit Reachout’s services for expectant women. All services are free.



Marriage Encounter Weekend Sept. 12 – 14
Get away from everyday distractions and focus on each other Sept. 12 – 14 in Tucson. Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a positive and personal couple experience, offering a loving communication technique that helps couples deepen and strengthen their relationship with each other and with God.


If you are looking to explore, rediscover and reconnect in your marriage, more information is available at 520-477-2121 or


Annual Marriage Mass with Bishop Gerald Kicanas
Sunday, Sept. 21
St. Augustine Cathedral

Couples celebrating their first, 10th, 25th, 50th or 60th anniversaries are invited to this annual Mass with renewal of vows celebrated by Bishop. Couples must register to be included and the deadline to be included is Aug. 31.   Please fill out the form below, or get a form from your parish office and send the completed form to:

Grace Lohr, Office of Worship
P.O. Box 31
Tucson, AZ 85702





A Spiritual Journey to Turkey & Rome with Saints Peter & Paul
A pilgrimage under the Spiritual Direction of Bishop Kicanas
12-Days: Oct. 26 to Nov. 6, 2015. For more information contact Ernie Nedder at the diocese’s pastoral center.