Monday Memo, Sept. 22, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 8

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas







Annual Meeting
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
It is an honor to attend the 2014 meeting of Investiture and Promotion for the Western and Northwestern Lieutenancies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem taking place in the Diocese of Honolulu. It is a rare occasion when both Lieutenancies from the West and Northwest come together. Must be because the meeting is in Hawaii.


image002Brother Peter Brey F.S.C. ,President of Bethlehem University, a university on the West Bank in Palestine, will be one of the presenters. Some of our Knights and Ladies have met Brother Peter at the University when they visited the Holy Land. The University established by Pope Paul VI does amazing work preparing Palestinian students for leadership in their community.


Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the Grand Master of the Order, also will be visiting from Rome and will make a presentation at the event.


The Equestrian Order is “an order of knighthood under the protection of the Pope. It traces its roots back to Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, a leader of the First Crusade. In 1496. Pope Alexander VI created the office of Grand Master of the Order, vested in the papacy and since 1949 a cardinal has been the Order’s grand master. The Pope is sovereign of the Order, and it has its legal seat at Vatican City.”


The history of the order is long and storied, but Pope Pius IX re-established the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 1847 and re-organized the Order as it is known today.


Today, the members of the order work hard to follow their mission “to work for the Church’s survival and development in the Land of Christ.” In addition, the Order of the Holy Sepulchre works to enhance and maintain Catholic schools in the Holy Land and to assist the Latin Patriarch, Fouad Twal, in his pastoral mission. The Order’s work is especially important today when so many Christians are fleeing the Middle East, including the Holy Land or are being persecuted along with other minorities. These Christians need to know we support them.
Here in the Diocese of Tucson, our local order is led by Ernie Nedder and his wife, Kathy. You may know Ernie as the former Chancellor of our diocese, or you may have worked with him more recently in his role as interim Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation. Ernie tells me that the local Order supports two seminarians in the Middle East who someday will serve in the Latin Patriarchate; imports and sells purses and rosary cases made by widows and other women working in Bethlehem to support their families; and that the Order here has set up an endowment to benefit scholarships to Bethlehem University. They also meet regularly to pray the rosary and to hold an annual retreat for their members. There are more than 120 members in the local Order.


Two couples, one priest and two individuals from our diocese will be joining the Order as new members when the Order gathers in Hawaii. These new members are:


Deacon Thomas L. Adams and Nancy K. Adams
Father Alonzo M. Garcia, pastor of St. Helen of the Cross Parish in Eloy
Alejandro and Victoria Sanguineti
Brenda Malarchik of Huachuca City
Steve Legendre


Members who have met specific requirements also are promoted during the meeting. For our diocese, those receiving promotions are:


Sir Dan and Lady Linda Cutler
Lady Carlotta Rendon
Sir Henry and Lady Maria Sarnoff
Sir Jack and Lady Joyce Parris


I am very proud of the Order in our Diocese for all they do to support the work of the Church in the Holy Land.


Two teachers from our diocesan Catholic schools have been recognized as finalists by the Arizona Council of American Private Education.


The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) describes itself as a “coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools.”


Ruby Amezquita, of Santa Cruz Notre Dame ACE Academy, was selected as a finalist for Teacher of the Year in the preschool through third grade category, and Cindy Scheuer, of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School, was selected a finalist for Teacher of the Year for the fourth through eighth grade teacher category. These are called Excellence in Private Education Awards


I also learned that Father Juan Carlos Aguirre, pastor at San Martin de Porres in Sahuarita, Ariz. was featured in the town newspaper. See the brief Q and A at


Feast of St. Francis Assisi
Oct. 4
The beloved St. Francis is widely known for his love for all creatures. Many households today have one or more pet companions that bring companionship and joy to their families, a gift that is celebrated with the blessing of the animals.


image003I have not communicated with every parish in our diocese, but I do know of a few parishes that will be blessing pets on either Saturday, Oct. 4 and/or Sunday, Oct. 5. These include:


Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, 1800 S. Kolb Road. Blessing immediately outside of the church at noon on Saturday, Oct. 4.

St. Pius X, 1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo. Animals will be blessed at the Saturday evening Mass at 5 p.m. or at any of the Sunday Masses on Oct. 5. Mass times are 7:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.

Corpus Christi, 300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Road. The blessing will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 in the church courtyard at 10 a.m.

The feast of St. Francis of Assisi is also a special day for our Tohonoo’Odham sisters and brothers. There is a great celebration that takes place in one of the villages on the large reservation in Sells area. Father Alfonso Vasquez (Ponchie) O.F.M., and the Franciscans are planning a big event again this year.

Priests Retreat
During October at the Redemptorist Renwal Center, our priests will be attending their annual retreat over two weeks.

The first week focuses on the theme, Living and Ministering in the Name of the Lord, led by Father Martin Lott, O.P., a Dominican friar of the Southern Province who lives at Holy Rosary Priory in

Houston, TX. The retreat he offers will offer some reflections on powerlessness, prayer and seeing others with the ‘eyes of Christ as the foundation for ministry in Christ’s name.

The second week, focuses on the topic
Preacher & Presbyter led by Father Michael Weldon, O.F.M.

DMin., whose present and past ministries include: Director of Spiritual and Human Formation and associate professor of pastoral studies, Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Director of vocations for St. Barbara Province, St. Elizabeth Church, Oakland. Weekend Mass help at St. Jerome, El Cerrito. and instructor, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley.


In addition to an annual retreat, priests are expected to participate in one of two ongoing formation experiences. The first will be a presentation on November 3 titled Pastoral Issues in the Life of the Parish Today ,led by Father Thomas P. Gaunt, S.J., PhD, CARA Executive Director.


Father Gaunt is a Jesuit of the Maryland Province. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis


University, a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Bellarmine School of Theology in Chicago, a M.Div. from Loyola University-Chicago, a M.P.A. and Ph.D. in City Planning from the University of North Carolina-ChapelHill. He is currently an active board member of L’Arche Greater Washington, DC and has served on the Jesuit Volunteers International board.


Prior to becoming executive director at CARA Father Gaunt was the Executive Secretary/Socius of the Jesuit Conference USA, the national office of the Jesuits of the USA for nine years. Before that he served as the Director of Formation &Studies for the Jesuits of the Maryland and New York Provinces. Early in his ministry he served as a Pastor and Director of Planning & Research in the Diocese of Charlotte for 10 years. Plan to attend this informative session on parish life.






The annual Red Mass will take place next Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral. The Mass provides attorneys, law enforcement officials, elected leaders, law students, politicians, judges and their family and friends to gather and contemplate the ideals of service to the community in the public arena reflected in the life of St. Thomas More.


This year’s honorees are Attorney Anne Terry Morales, Esq. and Supervisory Dep. Marshal Richard Tracy, Jr.


image007Morales serves on the Parish Council at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Tucson and on the Diocese of Tucson Vocations Committee. She has served as a volunteer youth minister for almost 20 years. She also helps coordinate the weekly youth meeting and Confirmation class and has taken teens to Life Teen events in California, retreats throughout southern Arizona, to the family vacation home in the White Mountains. She has chaperoned youth group trips to World Youth Days in Rome, Toronto, Cologne, Sydney, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.


Morales has practiced tax-exempt financing and law for almost 30 years, before teaching theology and law at Salpointe Catholic High School, while continuing to practice law part-time with the Lotzar Law Firm, PC.


In 2012, she returned to the practice of law with the local real estate firm of Monroe McDonough Goldschmidt & Molla where her practice focuses on real estate and business transactions and litigation. On Nov. 1, Morales will join fellow attorneys Heidi Brent and Larry McDonough as they open the firm of Monroe, McDonough, Brent & Morales, PLLC. Their practice will focus on real estate, business, trust and estate and probate law.


image009Tracy is active at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Tucson where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus and where he serves as , Eucharistic Minister, usher and as a member of the parish finance committee. In 2000, he served on the committee that established the school at the parish. He also assisted in a parish capital campaign, and ultimately served as founding president of the school board. Tracy now serves as the board’s vice president.


Tracy has served as the master of ceremonies for the annual Arizona Rosary Celebration since its inception in the Diocese of Tucson.


He works as supervisor of the Judicial Security Unit, which oversees all aspects of the judicial security mission in Arizona, since 2010. He has worked in the U.S. Marshals Service since 1990, including as Supervisory Dep. U.S. Marshal and Judicial Security Inspector with responsibility for the physical security of court facilities and personal security of judges and other USMS protectees in Tucson and Yuma.


October New Vision
Don’t forget to pick up the copy of the New Vision next week when it will be available in our parishes. I encourage you to read the New Vision monthly as well as this Monday Memo and my Facebook page for information on what is happening in the Diocese. We welcome your comments about any of these three important communication vehicles.


Cathedral Square Historic District
Smith and Dale, a company commissioned by the Catholic Foundation to do a feasibility study on the possibility of renovating Cathedral Square, now have finished their report. It has been discussed by the Catholic Foundation Board, the Presbyteral Council as well as by the Diocesan Finance and Pastoral Councils. After extensive interviews with community members from around the Diocese and parishioners at St. Augustine Cathedral, the consulting firm has concluded that the Diocese should go ahead with a major gifts campaign to address Cathedral Square Historic District.


There was unanimity in the comments that now is the time to do something. The Cathedral and Placita have been renovated, but much of the square remains in a deteriorated condition. This contributes to urban blight and the unattractive appearance of downtown. Catholics indicated that they want to be proud of the Square but right now much of it is in disrepair. Even Catholics outside of Tucson said they feel strongly that something must be done. The Church has played a major role in this region from the beginning when Padre Eusebio Kino, S.J. came to the area preaching God’s Word. The Diocese ought to now address the condition of the Cathedral Square.


People were enthusiastic about the restoration of Our Lady’s Chapel, a chapel that is located between Cathedral Hall and Marist College. There was strong support for building a new Pastoral Center on Cathedral Square — where it was originally. The present building that houses the Center is a maze of offices and lacks meeting and classroom space for diocesan gatherings. A downtown hall to be used by the Diocese and Cathedral could be a source of additional income. If a new pastoral center is built, the present building housing our diocesan buildings and owned by the Catholic Foundation would be sold.


Architect Richard Fe Tom, working with John Shaheen, our diocesan Director of Property and Insurance, has begun developing a number of possible designs for the Cathedral Square Historic District to be reviewed by important constituencies before a final decision is reached.


Please pray for
Healing for Mario Ramirez. Mario is the father of the elder children of Gracie Quiroz. Mario is suffering from multiple serious illnesses at UA Medical Center.


image011For the soul of Father Donald W. Huntimer C.S.V., who passed away Sept. 16 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL. He was 85. Father Huntimer, who had a long ministry in education and other works, spent the last 20 years of his active ministry in Tucson, serving as sacramental minister to area parishes and working in prison ministry, as well as serving as chaplain to the Benedictine Sisters. A Memorial Mass took place Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at the Viatorian Province Center, 1212 E. Euclid Ave. in Arlington Heights, Il. Funeral information is available by calling 847-253-5423 or contacting



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.


Men’s Conference
Saturday, Nov. 22

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Tucson
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Tucson Catholic Men’s Conference
A day for Catholic Men to be inspired and renewed in their Catholic Faith featuring presentations by Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez, Diocese of Las Cruces, and Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries. There also will be challenging testimonials from local men, opportunities to receive the sacrament of confession, and our closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Gerald Kicanas. For more information contact Mike Berger at 520-838-2541.