Monday Memo, Nov. 3, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 14

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas







image001Could you be a priest or sister?
I begin this week’s MM with that question, because this week is National Vocations Awareness Week.


Father Jorge Farias Saucedo, our Director of Vocations for Recruitment, tells me that he plans to use all of November as a time to boost vocations awareness.


By now, hopefully, you have been seeing the new Vocations Poster in your parishes and schools. The prayer card at right is part of the same marketing program.


We currently have 12 seminarians in preparation to become priests for service in our diocese. Two of those, George Holley and Alan Valencia will be ordained transitional deacons in December. Alan will be ordained a priest June, 6, and George will be ordained to the priesthood the following December.


The journey to priesthood begins with hearing God’s call. Most often, I think, this call begins as a whisper or a thought. Pray for our young men, and our young women, that when they get this first nudge from God, they be willing to explore the idea of life-long service to God.


I know that Father Jorge hosted a Discernment Group at our Pastoral for men interested in priesthood this past Saturday. I will pray that those in the group are listening for a possible call to priesthood.


Here is the prayer included on the back of the prayer card:

O God, who chose the apostles to make disciples of all national, and who by baptism and confirmation has called us to build up your holy Church in the Diocese of Tucson, we implore you to choose among us, your children, many priests and religious who will love you with their whole hearts and who will gladly spend their lives making you known and loved by all.

Through Christ our Lord.



An opportunity
Our Vocations Department will be hosting an Andrew and Mariam Dinner/ Discernment Dinner at the University of Arizona Newman Center this Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. The dinner is for men and women interested in or thinking about religious life, and for those men interested in priesthood. I encourage you to call our Vocations Department at 838-2531 for more information, or visit that may be helpful.


Ongoing priest formation
Priests gathering in retreat at the Redemptorist Renewal Center continues this week. This week’s presenter is Father Tom Gaunt, S.J., Ph.D. I know Father Tom from my work on the Board of Directors for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, or CARA.


Father Tom Gaunt is a Jesuit of the Maryland Province. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, a S.T.B. 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-Chapel Hill. His M.P.A. research was on Diocesan Synods and his dissertation was on low-income citizen participation in human services planning.


Father Gaunt’s research interests are focused on the long-term impact of a year or more of volunteer service on individual volunteers; demographic changes and challenges for Religious Congregations; and community development efforts with disabled populations. 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.


Congratulations Redemptorist Renewal Center!
Nov. 9 is the 50th Anniversary of this fine center. Heaven only knows how many people have been inspired or comforted or renewed in their faith through the many programs and presentations at the Center. There is a lovely history on the Center’s website at


I took some of that history for today’s Memo, these were the words of Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, of Indianapolis, former Superior General of the Redemptorists, during the Dec. 2006 dedication ceremonies of the Center’s renovated facilities


“I see the mission of the Redemptorist Renewal Center as a partnership with God in a process of divine seduction. The Eternal Lover of humankind still wishes to lure people into the desert where God may speak to our hearts (cf. Hosea 2, 16). The new facilities at the Redemptorist Renewal Center are simply the venue where lovers can meet and speak.”


Beautiful. And the Center is beautiful. If you have never visited, I encourage you to do so. Mass is offered in the chapel; there is a wonderful bookstore at the Center; or you can join others in a retreat there.


We are very blessed indeed to have this beautiful, graceful space to visit and pray in.


Choicest blessings to Rev. Paul Coury, CSsR, director and all the priests and staff.


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I will be attending the National Association of Filipino Priests meeting in Orlando for part of this week, and also will be making a presentation about “the Joy of the Priesthood” to the participants. I am in very good company for the conference; several other bishops are attending as well, including: Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, S.T.D., Archbishop of Manila; Cardinal Francis George, from Chicago; Orlando Cardinal Quevado, O.M.I., Archbishop of Cotabato, Archbishop Bernadino C. Auza, S.T.D., Permanent Observer of the Vatican to the Holy See; Bishop John Noonan, from the Diocese of Orlando; Archbishop Thomas Wenski, of Miami; Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, S.T.L., of Seattle who also is the Secretary General of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); Bishop Michael Bransfield, of Wheeling-Charleston; Bishop Joseph Tyson, from Yakima, Wash.; Bishop Robert McElroy, S.T.D., Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco and Bishop Oscar A. Solis, S.T.L., Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles.


We have nine priests serving our diocese who came from the Philippines. I can honestly say that I am not sure what we would do without these hardworking priests, whose joy of ministry is like a bright light for their parishioners.


Father Miguel Mariano, pastor at St. Odilia Parish, is the coordinator of priests from our diocese and Father JoJo Tabo is our representative on the planning committee for the Conference. Father Arnold Aurillo, Administrator of Holy Angels said he was planning to attend the conference as well.


New employee orientation
This very important session is being held at the Pastoral Center on Thursday. I understand approximately 35 people recently hired at the Pastoral Center and across our diocese at parishes and schools are expected to attend.


My thanks to Richard Serrano and his very hard working staff that tend the training of our new employees. New employees have lots to learn, and I am sure that the information presented during this orientation makes absorbing all those details much easier.


USCCB Committee work
No job is complete without committee meetings. Really. Even for bishops. I will be in Baltimore towards the end of the week for meetings of the Committee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. I will also attend the CLINIC Board meeting along with Peg Harmon, Director of Catholic Community Services as well as the Catholic Education Committee.


The USCCB meeting will be discussing the recent Synod meeting and electing our four representatives and two alternates for the Ordinary Synod next October.


While I am in Baltimore, Father Domenico Pinti will confer the sacrament of Confirmation on young people at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Florence.


Jordan Ministry
On Friday, the Jordan Ministry team will hold its 6TH Annual Fundraiser.   I encourage everyone to support the work of Jordan Ministry.

Photo by Victor Calderon Bishop is shown with Brother David Buer, O.F.M. of the Povorello House in Tucson and Jane Lowell-Chronials, O.F.S., Minister of St. Anthony Fraternity this afternoon. Brother David accepted the 2014 Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Award on Bishop's behalf from the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order USA during their annual gathering, held Oct. 21-26 in Dallas.

Photo by Victor Calderon
Bishop is shown with Brother David Buer, O.F.M. of the Povorello House in Tucson and Jane Lowell-Chronials, O.F.S., Minister of St. Anthony Fraternity this afternoon. Brother David accepted the 2014 Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Award on Bishop’s behalf from the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order USA during their annual gathering, held Oct. 21-26 in Dallas.


According to its website, “The Jordan Ministry is a team of trained professionals who collaborate with the Diocese of Tucson in response to the Second Vatican Council’s universal call to holiness and participation in the mission of the Church. The Team provides theological and spiritual formation to foster Catholic leadership and promote spiritual growth throughout the diocese. Sponsored by the Salvatorian Community, the Jordan Ministry is committed to making Jesus the Savior known and loved by all.”


Leslie Shultz-Crist is this year’s recipient of the “Alive in the Savior Award.   The JMT says, “She is an extraordinary educator to know … Through her support of the JMT and our mission to provide Catholic religious education throughout the Diocese of Tucson. As President of San Miguel High School, Shultz-Crist directs this Lasallian college preparatory school for underrepresented urban youth. This year 100 percent of the graduating class was accepted into college.”


Tickets are $40 per person. Call 623-2563 or email for more information or to purchase tickets.


amAround the Diocese
Installation of Rev. Adolfo Martinez Escobar
Father Adolfo was received as the new pastor of St. James the Apostle Parish in Coolidge by a standing ovation from a packed church that included parishioners along with people from his previous parishes of St. John’s and Santa Monica in Tucson as well as IC Yuma and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Somerton.


Ermita from Immaculate Conception Parish in Yuma surprised him with a tapestry of Our Lady of Guadalupe reminding him of his work creating a shrine in Yuma. Father Adolfo was very moved and remembered Ermita was a great help in building the shrine. He recalled how she used a shovel to dig the earth for the shrine at 80 years of age outdoing all of them.




Above, Father Abran Tadeo and members of the Catholic Daughters of America. I celebrated Mass with Father and those above at St. Margaret Mary Parish yesterday.

Mass with the Catholic Daughters of America




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!



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 Mozart, 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 at (520)838-2509.