Monday Memo, Sept. 15, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 7

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas









90 years and counting
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Loretto School 1948

If there has ever been any idea that Catholics and Catholic schools do not have a firm standing in southern Arizona’s history, these last three Monday Memos should put that idea to rest.


Two weeks ago, I wrote about Santa Cruz Catholic School, established in 1919. Last week, I wrote about Lourdes School celebrating it’s 80th celebration. Not to be outdone, our own Loretto School in Douglas is celebrating its 90th Anniversary this week.


The school beginnings came in 1915 as a result of a land gift to Immaculate Conception Church from Ellen Amelia Goodbody Brophy, who, along with the Brophy family, lived in nearby Bisbee from 1871-1934. The land was to be used for a school, and Ellen Brophy later paid for the school construction as well in memory of her husband and daughter, Ellenita.


Ellen Amelia Goodbody Brophy


Ellen was known for her philanthropy with charities and educational institutions related to the Catholic Church. She built an annex to the St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Tucson, established the Loretto Convent School in Douglas and founded the Brophy College Preparatory School in Phoenix. She was awarded the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” by Pope Pius XI and died in Los Angeles in 1934.



Maureen Keegan, a student from Loretto School, played guitar during the silver anniversary of St. Luke Catholic Church. The photo appeared in the Arizona Catholic Lifetime publication.

The Sisters of Loretto opened the school in September 1924 and managed and taught at the school in 1948, when the Adrian Dominican Sisters of, Michigan took over the administration of Loretto School. The Dominican Sisters operated the school until 1981. For the following six years, the school was run by a lay principal.  Since 1987, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart, Los Angeles, have operated the school.
As I read on the school’s webpage, “Throughout its long and proud history, Loretto has served the spiritual and educational needs of the children of Douglas, Pirtleville, and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.  It has functioned as a grammar school, a high school, and even as a boarding school for a short period of time.



Congratulations to Sister Mary Aloysius Marques, OCD, principal, and the Carmelite Sisters, faculty, staff, students and parents on this milestone in the history of this fine educational institution.


Teacher and Sister Celine, O.C.D. and fifth graders Valerie Parra and Gabriel Maxemin from Loretto School pose with then Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Sister Rosa Maria Ruiz, C.F.M.M. This photo appeared in a November 2012 New Vision article.



You might have heard a recent NPR report about our diocese and the many international priests we have here. You can see some photos and hear the radio presentation at



With that, let me introduce and welcome Father Nathaniel Mma and Father Vincent Ahar. Both men were ordained for the Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria, but they have been added to the newly created Diocese of Gboko, also in Nigeria.



Please welcome our newest international priests. They will be temporarily assigned to St. Augustine Cathedral until a permanent assignment in October.



I am grateful to Most Rev. William Avenya, Bishop of Gboko, for his generosity in sending some of his finest priests to serve among us. They truly are a blessing and a gift.



The two new priests will be involved in an intensive acculturation program coordinated by our Chancellor, Kathy Rhinehart and many of our diocesan staff. Father Clement Agamba, pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Benson, also will be assisting with the Intercultural Integration Program for Priests.



Diocese Finance Council
Our Finance Council will meet this morning at the Diocese Archives. The topic of today’s meeting will be a review of the Diocesan Audit report, a review of our financials, a look at our insurance coverage for liability and for health and a discussion of what we are planning to do on Cathedral Square.



Presbyteral Council
The Council will meet after a summer break. We will welcome our new elected, appointed or reelected representatives including the reappointment of Father Jay Luczak for Gila/Pinal and Pat Crino for Pima Central; the appointment of Father Chris Orndorff for Pima East , Clement Agamba to represent international priests as well as Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, our new Moderator of the Curia.



In total, the council is comprised of these priests:
Father Mike Buccarelli, Cochise Vicar

Father J. Luczak, Gila Pinal East Vicar

Father Martin Atanga Baauge, Graham/Greenlee Vicar

Father Pat Crino, Pima Central Vicar

Father Chris Orndorff , Pima East Vicar

Father John Lyons, Pima North Vicar

Father Gonzalo Villegas, Pima South Vicar

Father Seraphin Molina, S.T., Pima West Vicar

Father Domenico Pinti, Pinal West Vicar

Father Alex Mills, Santa Cruz Vicar

Father Javier Perez, Yuma/La Paz Vicar

Msgr. Richar O’Keeffe, Episcopal Vicar

Father Jorge Farias Saucedo, Vocations Director

Father Clement Agamba, Vicar for International Priests

Msgr. Raul Trevizo, Vicar General

Msgr. Al Schifano, Vicar General

Father Manuel Viera, Judicial Vicar

Msgr. Jeremiah Mc Carthy, Moderator of the Curia
The agenda includes: Cathedral Square Update, Ernie Nedder; Catholic Appeal Update, Ernie Nedder; Confession – seal of confession, first confession liturgical celebrations, certificates and associated record-keeping, Father Manuel Viera; DT Connect email, Tom Arnold and David Knight; Parish Tuition Subsidy, Sheri Dahl; Biblical Institute, Msgr. Tom Cahalane, Sister Lois Paha, O.P., and Mike Berger; Parish Engagement in Social Justice, Office of Human Life and Dignity, Sister Leonette Kochan, O.F.M.; Coworkers in the Vineyard Update, Joe Perdreauville; Christians in Iraq; Formation of Missions in Casa Grande and Corona de Tucson and Vicariate Reports. Clearly there is much to discuss.


Review Board
Our Sexual Misconduct Review Board meets tomorrow. I am very thankful for the dedicated board members and for advice and counsel. I want to especially thank Maria Sotelo de Lebron, who is completing her service on the Board. Replacing her will be Maureen Roll, who has a background in social work and who will bring many gifts to the important and sensitive deliberations of the Board.



Thursday I will be traveling to Chicago and the following day I will be making a presentation at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.



Chicago’s Mercy Home for Boys & Girls began in 1887. Father Louis Campbell, a Chicago priest, originally named the home St. Paul’s Home for Working Boys, but when the organization was set up by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago it was renamed, the Mission of Our Lady of Mercy.



Today, Mercy Home answers the call to minister to children and families in need. It “saves young lives by providing:

  • A safe, nurturing residential treatment home,
  • After Care support for former residents and their families,
  • Community-based and site-based youth mentoring,
  • Promotes therapeutic, educational, vocational, spiritual and life skill development,
  • Is committed to raising public awareness of youth in need and encourages support to help them,
  • Is sustained by benefactors who believe in the miracle of God’s mercy in action.”


I return to Arizona in time for two grand celebrations. The first is the 90th Anniversary of Loretto School, which I mentioned at the start of this Monday Memo. The second is the Marriage Mass. Read below:




Marriage Mass
This Sunday, Sept. 21, Mass will be said for 170 couples celebrating anniversaries ranging from one to 60+ years of marriage.


Mass begins at 2:30p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. The Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass also includes a renewal of vows and a blessing.



Our longest wed couple this year is Camiel and Alice Albrecht, married 68 years! I tell you more about them in the next Monday Memo.



I especially enjoy celebrating this Mass with the opportunity to lead the couples in the renewal of their wedding promises. As I look out on the many couples some celebrating their first anniversary, some their 25th, some their 50th, 60th and every year thereafter, I am conscious of the many sacrifices they have made in living out their promise to love and respect each other in good times and in bad, and in sickness and in health until death will separate them.



Please contact Grace Lohr at 838-2512 if you think you might still want to participate in this Mass. Prior registration is required.


Mass for Catechists at St. Augustine Cathedral
Deacon Keating Ackerly, Director of Religious Education at the Cathedral, has invited me to celebrate Mass with the catechists who will be teaching religion classes to the children from the Cathedral. I will be giving them a gift of the Catechism of the Catholic Church from the parish.



I always marvel at the generosity of our catechists who volunteer so much of their time to pass the faith on to the next generation. They are true stewards who share generously their time and talent for others.


Diocesan Pastoral Council
Like the Presbyteral Council the Diocesan Pastoral Council will return after a summer break. We welcome the new members: Valerie Lavender, St. Ann’s, Tubac, Santa Cruz Vicariate, and Willie Jordan-Curtis from Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Pima Central Vicariate. We should also have a representative for Pima South Vicariate very soon.


The Council will discuss the planned Cathedral Square Renovation after a presentation by Smith and Dale who completed the feasibility study for the project. They will also reflect on what we might do to strengthen marriage and family life and how we might encourage participation in the three diocesan events (the Arizona Rosary Celebration  on October 11 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish; a Men’s Conference on November 22 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish; and our Co-workers in the Vineyard Conference for all Catholics, on March 5-7 at the Tucson Convention Center.


Religious Convocation
It is always a joy to join our Sisters and Brothers as they gather for Convocation as they did last Saturday. There was a good turnout and the presentation on human trafficking was both informative and upsetting.


I especially appreciate the opportunity to dialogue with our religious men and women to hear their concerns and questions as well as to thank them for their service



Please pray
For the soul of Deacon Richard Ornelas who passed away Thursday.


Please pray also for his wife, Lupe, and their four children as they work through this very difficult time. Deacon Ornelas’ funeral Mass was held on Saturday.



Please also remember in your prayers Father Msgr. Gerald Brynda who is seriously ill. Msgr. Brynda is living in Clovis, California and is being cared for by his sister.



For healing to Deacon Rodger Miller, from Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Sierra Vista, who is in University Medical Center. We pray for his wife Virginia who is at his side with her prayers and support.




2014 Arizona Rosary Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 2014
10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
8650 North Shannon Road, Tucson


Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas will preside over the Tucson event, which also takes place in the Diocese of Phoenix: Sunday, Oct. 12 from 2p.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Phoenix Convention Center, Halls F & G
33 S. 3rd Street, Phoenix.


Father Juan-Diego Brunetta, O.P. is the guest speaker. He is Prior of St. Catherine of Siena Priory and Judge–Marriage Tribunal at Archdiocese of New York