Monday Memo, Oct. 27, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 13

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas











Photos by Victor Calderon Young parishioners from St. Christopher Parish in Marana with Father Jojo Tabo.

I cannot possibly think of anything more energized and louder than nearly 1,000 teenagers gathered together!


On Saturday teens came from every part of our diocese for our annual conference for young faith-filled Catholics, an opportunity to meet other young Catholics and to see how diverse and wide spread the Catholic Church is in Southern Arizona.

There was music, there were skits, there was dancing and proclaiming, and even some listening going on during this meeting filled with the great enthusiasm found in our young people.


Teens could “try on” religious life with the help of cutouts.


My congratulations to Joe Perdreauville and the planning team who designed the event from start to finish for teens. They did an excellent job and the teens truly did seem to love the day!


I am grateful that our diocese is able to put on these major events focused on specific members of our Catholic community. The YOUTHfest makes it possible for us to zero in on our younger Catholics with the presentations and topics they are interested in, using communications, technology and the language they are comfortable hearing. Thanks to the Salpointe Catholic High School musicians who played throughout the day, to the youth animators and to the Masters of Ceremony who kept the day moving in an organized way. Special thanks to Robert Feduccia, Jr., Judy McDonald (Catholic Comedian on Hope) and the performing group Popple (Dan and Kyle, musicians on Love).


Father Jorge Farias Saucedo, vocations director for recruitment, addressed YOUTHfest 2014 participants.


Feduccia was a great choice. He was the founding director of the Youth Liturgical Leadership Program at Saint Meinrad School of Theology. He has worked as a parish youth minister, and has done many, many workshops and presentations. He knew just how to connect with his audience on Saturday.


The Conference also challenged young people to consider a vocation to priesthood or religious life which is so needed and necessary today. Father Jorge Farias Saucedo, vocations director for recruitment, encouraged the young people to listen to what God might be calling them to do.


In three weeks our diocese will be holding a conference created just for Catholic men here in our Diocese.




This is the theme of the Men’s Conference taking place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on Nov. 22.



Men of faith have so many paths to explore in their faith. There are fathers and grandfathers living and sharing their faith with their children; they are husbands bonded in love and faith to their wives; and they are employees or business owners working through their careers. Then there are the many roles men have in the Church: religious education, Eucharistic Ministry, parish work, musicians, ushers, members of parish boards and committees and volunteer work in groups such as the Knights of Columbus or St. Vincent de Paul.



This conference is designed to highlight these amazing paths, and perhaps to assist in finding ways to balance the responsibilities of work, family and faith. Key presenters include: Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez, Diocese of Las Cruces, and Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries; I will be celebrating the closing Mass. Local KOLD-13 Sportscaster Damien Alameda is the Master of Ceremonies for the event.



This event promises to be inspiring! Check out the event web page and register at



For more information contact Mike Berger at 520-838-2541.



You might also be interested in some online resources:


The Conference is for husbands, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons, any man from around the Diocese. REGISTER NOW!



commentstoMMCARA Meeting
I will be in Washington, D.C. to chair the Board of the Center For Applied Research in the Apostolate(CARA). This is the 50th anniversary of CARA , which was founded by Cardinal Cushing to provide research on pastoral concerns. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, now the Archbishop of Boston, the Archdiocese that Cardinal Cushing headed at the time of the founding of CARA, will celebrate Mass and offer a reflection on the importance of CARA for the work of the Church. The Cushing Medal also will be awarded to the Oblates for their sponsorship of church research. CARA researchers will make a presentation on some of their recent findings for those who attend the gathering.


Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J. , the director of CARA, will be coming to Tucson to speak with our priests on research related to parish life on Nov. 3 at the Redemptorist Renewal Center.


Catholic Foundation
The Board of Directors for our Catholic Foundation will be meeting at the Pastoral Center on Wednesday. This board does a fine job of managing the Foundation, which in turns conducts our Annual Catholic Appeal, handles significant donations to the diocese, and works on increasing stewardship and endowment to the Diocese. The Foundation works hard to provide the funding needed by parishes and ministries throughout the Diocese.


You can read more about the Foundation, make a contribution, or perhaps follow-up on some endowment ideas you have been considering at


Sharing expertise
Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, our Moderator of the Curia, will be giving a talk at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland this week as part of a Lilly Foundation Project to develop management/fiscal modules for seminarians as part of their formation. The title of his presentation is “Reflections on Priestly Leadership and a Theology of Administration.”



He will also be traveling to San Antonio to be part of a consultation with Sister Katarina Schuth, a professor at the seminary in St. Paul/Minneapolis who has written extensively on seminary formation and is publishing a new book on seminaries.



Msgr. McCarthy is a highly respected consultant on seminary education and formation. We are grateful for his service among us as Moderator of the Curia.



It will be my joy to celebrate a Mass of Installation for Father Adolfo Martinez-Escobar as pastor of St. James the Apostle Parish in Coolidge.



Coolidge is a small town off both Arizona Highways 87 and 287. It is located about 69 miles northwest of Tucson—Florence is 11 miles southwest of Coolidge. The population in Coolidge has been estimated at just under 12, 000 people.


I always feel as though I am touring a bit of the past when I drive down the main street in Coolidge with its hardware stores and family restaurants. The pace in Coolidge certainly seems a little less hectic than in Tucson or Phoenix.


The Casa Grande ruins, located in Coolidge, are believed to have been built around
1200 AD by the Hohokom people. I read that the monument was the first to receive federal protected status way back in 1892.


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The city was incorporated in 1945, and St. James Parish was established in 1947. So the two go back a long way together.


Check out the parish webpage at for a better look at St. James Parish.


St. James is Fr. Adolfo’s first pastorate. He has been well -received and he has embraced the community with a fervent desire to serve.


More Congratulations
Kudos to Salpointe Football Coach, Dennis Bene, who is being inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.


Bene was the quarterback at Salpointe Catholic High School in 1984. Earlier in his career he spent one season as an assistant coach for Jeff Scurran at Pima Community College and two years as an assistant under Pat Welchert at Salpointe before becoming head coach in 2001.


Information from the Hall of Fame reported :

“In his 13 seasons at Salpointe Catholic, Bene has a remarkable .812 winning percentage with 126 victories against only 29 losses. His 2013 Salpointe squad compiled a 14-0 record and won the state championship. The 14 victories are the most in one season in Salpointe history.



Bene has a 70-4 conference record during his 13 years at Salpointe and has won 10 league or conference championships while making 12 state playoff appearances. His squads have set 32 school and individual records while posting an overall grade point average between 3.15 and 3.65 each year.


He has coached 113 first-team all-conference players as well as nine conference Player of the Year recipients and 23 first-team all-state selections. Seventy of his players have gone on to play at the collegiate level at 14 different schools.


Bene received his B.S. in biology from Northwest Missouri State University after a stint as quarterback at Scottsdale Community College. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri and did an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Kansas State University.”


flannery_jimCongratulations also to Jim Flannery attended Salpointe Catholic High School from 1962-1966.

“Flannery graduated from the University of Arizona in 1973 with a B.S. in Education. He student-taught at Sahuaro High School in 1972 and was hired there in 1973 where he taught P.E. and coached the freshman basketball team under Coach Dick McConnell.

Flannery started coaching and teaching at Salpointe Catholic High School in 1974. He coached the freshman baseball team 1974-1976. He coached freshman football in 1975 and 1986. He was Junior Varsity basketball coach from 1975-1977 with Coach Gary Heintz.
Flannery coached the Varsity basketball team from 1977-1993. During that time his teams won the Regional Championship in 1984, 1991 and 1992. In 1984 he was chosen Arizona Coaches Association AAA South All Star Coach. His team won both games in Tucson and Mesa. He was chosen Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1991 by the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen. He retired from coaching basketball in 1993 to watch his son play college basketball.

Flannery also coached the Salpointe Catholic Golf Team from 1981 to the present. His teams won the Region Championships in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. His teams won the State Championship in 1981 and 2004. His team was State Runner-up in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011. He was selected Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005 by the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen. He was Boys’ Coach of the Year in Division II in 2013.

Flannery was inducted into the Salpointe Hall of Fame in 1996 as a Coach/Athlete. His 1981 Golf Team was inducted into the Salpointe Hall of Fame in 2000. His City Championship Basketball Team of 1983 was inducted into the Salpointe Hall of Fame in 2013.

In 1982 Flannery’s Golf Team received the Team Award from the Tucson Conquistadores. He also received the 5A Southern Region Service Award in 1999.”



The Black Madonna
Our Lady of the Valley Parish
505 N. La Canada Drive, Green Valley
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Mass at noon
See an icon of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. This image of the Blessed M other is venerated globally, but especially in Poland, the Ukraine, Belarus and parts of Russia.


image021National Vocations Awareness Week
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8
Click here to view a video on Vocations Awareness


National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.


Here in our diocese, Father Jorge Farias Saucedo is our Vocations Director for Recruitment. I know he has begun creating publications to create broader awareness for the need for vocations, and is putting several activities into place to meet with people interested in committed concentrated lives.


The next edition of The New Vision Newspaper will include color photos and stories about our current seminarians.


If you are considering religious life, or maybe are just curious about priesthood or sisterhood, contact the Vocations Office on Facebook at Vocation Diocese Tucson or call 520-838-2531.


Cathedral Concert Series
Tuesday, Nov. 25
6:30 p.m.

St. Augustine Cathedral
192 S. Stone Ave in Tucson
Donation is $25 / student donation is $10


The Cathedral is planning a series of exceptional musical opportunities to the Tucson community. The first of the series will present Pianist William Wolfram, an internationally recognized pianist and a medal winner of Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. William Wolfram has appeared with premiere orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. Don’t miss this marvelous opportunity to hear works by Mo


zart, Chopin and Liszt being performed by William Wolfram on the new Cathedral piano. Additional information at




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 a (520)838-2509.