Monday Memo Oct. 13, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 11

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas








St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish was packed with people for the Annual Rosary Celebration in Tucson on Saturday. A simultaneous event was held in the Yuma/La Paz Vicariate, and the Phoenix Celebration was held on Sunday.






Rosary Celebration
It always is thrilling to be involved in an event that allows us to feel that we are part of a greater good.


Saturday’s Rosary Celebration was such an occasion. About 1,500 people gathered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for the fourth annual gathering focused on praying the Rosary and contemplating the mysteries – the events of the life of Christ – that reveal the truths of Christ to us. The event also calls us to remember our Blessed Mother, this year as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.


If you ever felt apart from Catholicism, I encourage you to consider participating in this event next year. Being surrounded by so many Catholics, all of us praying, singing and worshipping together, brings with it a sense of belonging and peace. It was amazing to see the procession of banners from so many parishes and Marian groups from all around the Diocese.


A participant at Saturday’s Rosary Celebration holds up her Rosary as Bishop Kicanas passes by blessing people with holy water.

While we were gathered here in Tucson for the event, another gathering was taking place simultaneously in the Yuma/La Paz Vicariate. Yesterday, the Diocese of Phoenix hosted its Rosary celebration.


I am especially grateful to the Knights of Columbus, to Father Joseph Lombardo, pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish; Karen McEwen, parish business administrator, and the entire community at St. Elizabeth’s; to Al Tucker, who was the co-chair of the event along with Karen McEwen; to Sister Lois Paha O.P , D. Min. , and Ofelia James, both of our diocesan Pastoral Services Department, for the many hours they put into planning this beautiful tribute to Mary our Blessed Mother, during October, the month of the Rosary.


It was great to see so many altar servers from so many of our parishes. Some came from as far away as Ajo to be part of the celebration. These young men and women do us proud by their dedication and commitment to serve at the altar.


This year the recitation of the decades of the Rosary reflected on the Year of Consecrated Life in which we honor our religious men and women who serve us with such distinction.


Father Juan Diego Brunnetta, O.P. was the preacher. He reminded us that Mary always leads us to Christ. Her role is to bring us to the Lord. We can never see her as above the Lord, but as servant and disciple of the Lord. Her Immaculate Conception prepared her to be the Mother of God.


Synod on Marriage and Family in Rome
Pope Francis is meeting with the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences, members of his Curial staff, and with laity who serve as auditors, experts, and fraternal delegates for the Synod. They are dealing with the Instrumentum Laboris developed after the extensive discussions that were held around the world related to the key questions facing married life, family and sexuality.


While the primary work of this Extraordinary Synod is to prepare for the Ordinary Synod that will be held in Rome in October 2015, the present Synod is wrestling with difficult questions in which not all in the Church agree. The Holy Father has challenged the participants of the Synod to express their thoughts without fear and to listen to others even those with whom one might not agree.


I have written about the Synod in my column for the October New Vision.


Columbus Day
Today our nation recalls the discovery of the new world by Christopher Columbus. Tucson does not make a very big deal of the day, although local, state and federal government offices are closed for the National Holiday.


Once solely heralded as heroic discoverer, more recently the life of Columbus has come under more scrutiny and some of his actions decried. We do not condone or give merit to those actions which resulted in the suffering of indigenous peoples. Still, Columbus discoveries did lead to what would become historic changes for human kind.


I read that Columbus was a devout Catholic. While he did not follow all the paths of faith that we expect today, it is fair to also include the fact that he, like many of his time, was driven by faith as it was understood in his time.


Here is what I learned from the Catholic Education Resource Center website. Keep in mind that the article on the page is very long, but it did include this interesting insight into Christopher Columbus, the Catholic:


“The day Columbus selected for departure reflected his profound Catholic faith and that of his crew. August 2, 1492 was the fiesta of Our Lady of Angels, patroness of the Franciscan monastery of La Rábida whose friars had supported Columbus and called for the realization of his dream from the beginning; and protector of the people of Palos, from which his ships would depart, when they were in danger at sea (as Pope Eugenius IV had proclaimed 55 years before). It was a day of thanksgiving for Our Lady’s favors, and like all Spanish fiestas, a day of special celebration. Columbus scheduled his departure on the morrow of the fiesta, so that his men could join in thanksgiving and prayer with their families and relatives on the feast-day especially dear to them and to their people.[5]”


So today, we can also remember that Columbus the discoverer faced his perilous journey to a new land with the Lord in mind.



Photos by Steff Koeneman Bishop Kicanas addresses the parish community at St. Odilia’s during a Mass that celebrated both the parish’s 50th Anniversary


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Yesterday, there were two celebrations recognized at St. Odilia Parish. The first was the beginning of the 50th Anniversary Year of the Parish, which I wrote about in last week’s Memo. The Mass yesterday also was celebrated as the Installation Mass for Father Miguel Mariano as sixth pastor.


This week, it will be my joy and honor to celebrate Installation Masses for the following pastors and parishes:



Installation of Father Miguel Mariano, above right, as the sixth pastor at St. Odilia.

Sat. Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m.: Father Tom Tureman as pastor of Most Holy Trinity, 1300 N. Greasewood Road.


Sun. Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.: Father Arial Lustan as pastor of St. Anthony de Padua Parish in Casa Grande, 201 N. Picacho St.


The Installation celebration is the opportunity for the parish community to receive the pastor that has been assigned by me to serve their family. It is always moving to see and hear the enthusiasm of the people as they accept their new pastor.


To Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy , S.T.L., Ph.D., our Moderator of the Curia, who was recognized by the Midwest Association of Theological Schools and the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools, for his many years of service to both organizations. In all Msgr. has served as President of the Midwest Association; as Accreditation Director for the Association of Theological Schools; as the Seminary Department Executive Director for the National Catholic Education Association; and for his work as Rector, Vice Rector, Academic Dean, and Professor of Moral Theology at St. John Seminary in Camarillo, Calif.


It may not be obvious to those not involved in theology education, but Msgr. McCarthy has outstanding credentials and is a nationally-recognized and a highly respected member among leaders of theology schools and programs – both Catholic and non-Catholic. We are truly fortunate for his presence here in our diocese and I am grateful for his work as our Moderator of the Curia.


Congratulations Msgr. McCarthy!


Communications Meeting
I will be in Washington, D.C. to attend a meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Communications Committee.


This committee “seeks to support the work of evangelization and faith formation through a comprehensive approach to media that includes media relations, media production and programming, policy, review of entertainment media, publishing, distribution, and licensing with sensitivity towards culturally diverse communities.”


Members of this committee include the Chairman, Most Reverend John Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, along with Bishop Gregory M. Aymond, archbishop of New Orleans; Bishop James D. Conley, of Lincoln; Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis; Bishop Ronald P. Herzog, of Alexandria; Bishop Joseph F. Naumann, archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas; Bishop Joseph J. Tyson, of Yakima, and me.



The committee works with a number of consultants who are experts in various media fields and also works the USCCCB Department of Communications staff: Helen Osman, Secretary of Communications, Anthony Spence, Editor-in-Chief, Catholic News Service; David Felber, Director, Creative Services, Matthew Kilmurry, Director, Customer and Client Relations and Don Clemmer, Interim Director, Media Relations.


Directors’ Meeting
All Pastoral Center Department Directors will be meeting on Thursday for an update of progress on their departmental and diocese-wide goals. While I won’t go into great detail about all these goals here in the Memo, I can tell you that some of the goals to be discussed include the progress on construction of the new entrance to the Pastoral Center; our work on Strong Catholic Families programs; and the upcoming Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference March 5-7, 2015.


Southwest Medical Aid Fundraiser
To learn more, visit:
I serve on the Board of Directors for Southwest Medical Aid, an organization dedicated to distributing medical supplies to areas in need of humanitarian aid. The organization is holding a “Fun”raising event this Friday.


I encourage everyone who can to attend the Harvest Moon Rising event, taking place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m at Most Holy Trinity’s Guadalupe Hall, 1300 N. Greasewood.


Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, which includes a variety of hor d’oeuvres and cocktail appetizers, as well as $8 dollars in raffle tickets.


For tickets, please call Southwest Medial Aid at 520-622-2938. If you cannot attend, but would still like to help, please consider making a donation. Contributions can be sent to SMA, 525 W. Plata St., Suite 400, Tucson, 85705.


So much human suffering is prevented when medical providers in disaster or impoverished areas have access to medical supplies.   Thank you for any assistance you might be able to provide.


Leaders of this healthcare organization, based in Irvington, Texas, will be holding their Governance Conference here in our diocese. While CHRISTUS Health does not provide services in Arizona, the organization invited me to celebrate Mass this Friday for some of the 300 conference attendees.


The network was formed in 1999 when two Catholic charities – Sisters of Charity Health Care and Incarnate Word Health systems – merged.


According to its website, CHRSTUS is “ranked among the top 10 Catholic health systems in the United States by size, the CHRISTUS Health system includes more than 40 hospitals and facilities in seven U.S. states and six states in Mexico, with assets of more than $4.6 billion.”


I am most grateful to Gerry Heeley, CHRISTUS Health Senior Vice President for Mission Integration and Leadership Formation, for his invitation to celebrate Mass and to meet these health care leaders.


15 years!
Our Lady of LaVang
in Tucson is celebrating its 15th Anniversary on Oct. 19. The parish, which serves our Vietnamese Catholic community, has about 600 registered parishioners, led by their pastor, Father Dominic Phuc Trong Pham, C.Ss.R.


Our Lady of La Vang also is home to the annual Vietnamese New Year celebration, an event very rich in culture, color and delicious food.


I am very proud of our Vietnamese community which, though small, is amazing in its vibrancy and the living of the faith.


Priest Retreats
As I mentioned in last week’s Memo, many of our priests now are participating in their annual retreat.. This week, our second group of priests will be attending.


This second week focuses on the topic Preacher & Presbyter, led by Father Michael Weldon, O.F.M. D. Min., Father’s 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.


This time away from the pressing demands of ministry is a wonderful opportunity for our priests to grow in their relationship with the Lord and to focus on the groundwork for their ministry.


I will join be joining my brother priests on retreat for dinner and discussion on Thursday.


More congratulations:

To Rachel and Sal Guzman on the birth of their second child. Rachel is the Manager for Safe Environment in our Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection Office.

To Danielle and Joel paul David Eckhotf, who will be married Saturday at Corpus Christi Parish. Danielle, formerly Danielle Palmas, is the Executive Assistant in the diocesan Corporate Matters Office.


To San Xavier Mission School as it celebrates its 150th Anniversary. There was a long and well-researched article in Sunday’s Arizona Daily Star, filled with facts and photographs. The school will have a couple of events for its community to participate in the celebration. To check out newspaper story, visit:


Again, congratulations to Principal Shirley Kalinowski, her faculty members and of course, the great students. We are proud of your work and your accomplishments!


Diocesan Pastoral Council
The Diocesan Pastoral Council will discuss a format for my meetings with families around the Diocese. In keeping with the Synod on the Family which is taking place in Rome this month, I will host four gatherings for married couples to listen to them talk about what the Church might do to better assist families and married couples in their faith journey. The Council, made up of laity deeply involved in their parishes, will offer helpful suggestions for how we might best structure these meetings.


In addition, the Council will listen to a faith sharing by one of the members and we will discuss current issues facing the Diocese. The Council members’ wisdom and counsel always are most helpful.


Aloha Hawaii
Before too much time passes, I wanted to show you a photo of all the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre that attended their investiture meeting in Hawaii last week. Several of our diocesan priests that belong to the Order also were able to attend.


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.”


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.







Saturday, Oct. 25

image029Tucson Convention Center

Cost: $20 registration fee custom t-shirts available through pre-order
Information: (520) 838-2539


1000 teens expected to gather at the Tucson Convention Center for YouthFest 2014!
The Tucson Convention Center will be filled with the energetic spirit of junior high and high school-aged youth from throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson at the annual YouthFest.


YouthFest 2014 includes -workshops, music, lunch, inflatables, and a closing Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral with Bishop Gerald Kicanas. Well-known Catholic author and musician, Robert Feduccia will be this year’s keynote speaker. Robert worked for years as director of Spirit and Song, publishers of contemporary Catholic music and recently returned to work for St. Mary’s Press. Comedian Judy McDonald and musical group, Popple will be featured presenters.



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.