Monday Memo, Nov. 17, 2014. Vol. 15, No. 16November 17, 2014
Please pray today for the soul of Bishop Manuel D. Moreno, who passed away this day eight years ago.
Men of faith, come to the first-ever Men’s Conference in our diocese. I invite you to join hundreds of others who already have registered for this event.
All men, husbands, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons, singles, men of all ages are welcome.
The Conference will take place this Saturday at
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, 8650 N. Shannon Road, with registration beginning at 8:00 am and the program beginning at 9:30 a.m.
There still is time to register for the event at the door. Or registration can be done early this week through one of the methods below:
– Online at www.TucsonMensConference.org
–By mail. Fill out the form at the bottom of this Memo and mail it to the address found on the form. Forms should be received no later than Wednesday, Nov. 19.
–By phone. Call Bill Breen at 520-329-7744.
If you have additional questions about the Conference, please call Mike Berger at 520-838-2541.
The theme of the Men’s Conference is “Men of Faith: Learn. Live. Lead.” I will quote from last week’s Memo about the event:
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.
We bishops met last week in Baltimore for our fall meeting. I attended two prior workshops, one on the influx of unaccompanied minors and the other on Catholic education.
Many dioceses including our own have been providing pastoral care and humanitarian assistance to people in dire need. While the influx has slowed down, many needs still exist. It is impressive to see how much care is being shown by our faith communities throughout the country.
We are so blessed in Arizona to have opportunities for parents to make a choice of where they want to send their children to school. Many States do not provide any assistance to parents. The workshop I attended presented research by the Center for Research in the Apostolate (CARA) on the advantages for children receiving a Catholic school education: more likelihood to attend Mass, receiving sacraments, and more opportunities to consider a religious vocation.
Bishops from various regions discussed how the Conference priorities could better reflect some of Pope Francis’ key themes, such as care for the poor, marriage and family life, care for immigrants, and how to accompany and walk with people in need. We also discussed Catholic school education and a new document on issues caused by pornography, as well as possible revisions of the charter for safe environment for children and vulnerable adults.
Diocesan School Board
Our School Board will be meeting on Thursday. As a part of each school board meeting we review the Department of Catholic School’s goals and progress toward our goals. At this month’s meeting we will be presenting enrollment data to the school board as well as feedback from the principals on the Department of Catholic School’s mission statement which was revised as part of the strategic planning process in August.
I got the following report from our Catholic Schools Office:
“The Diocesan School Board along with the Department of Catholic schools is investigating who we are collectively as diocesan Catholic schools and what we need in order to fulfill what the USCCB stated in Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium (2005), “Our vision is clear: Our Catholic schools are a vital part of the teaching mission of the church…We must respond to challenging times with faith, vision and the will to succeed because the Catholic school’s mission is vital to the future of our young people, our nation and most especially our church.”
The Department of Catholic Schools is engaging in a strategic planning process using the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. The Standards and Benchmarks initiative began in 2009 with diocesan personnel across the country, Catholic educational networks, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), and Catholic university scholars and leaders collaborating in this effort, with the final draft published in 2012.
Given the three-fold mission of our Catholic schools – to be communities of faith, knowledge, and service – the national standards and benchmarks serve to help Catholic schools attain this mission while “providing a national articulation of defining characteristics and performance benchmarks that will enable all sponsors of Catholic elementary and secondary schools to assess, strengthen and sustain their operations”. (Momentum Feb/March 2012)
With the above purpose in mind, the Diocese of Tucson Department of Catholic Schools has adapted the national standards and benchmarks. The Diocesan School Board is utilizing their 2014-15 monthly meetings as working sessions for purposes of assisting in strategic planning. Each month the Diocesan School Board is reviewing, revising and adapting the domains and standards for our diocesan schools. There are four domains: MISSION & CATHOLIC IDENTITY, GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP, ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, OPERATIONAL VITALITY and within the domains, a total of 13 standards. For the months of October and November we are working on domain #2 Governance & Leadership.”
I am happy to report that our Catholic School enrollment is up by more than 300 students diocese-wide. This increase was accomplished through a great deal of hard work by our schools to broaden awareness about the value of Catholic Schools.
My thanks to Superintendent Sheri Dahl, Assistant Superintendent Kathy Van Loan, and the other members of the Catholic Schools staff – Penny Tylor and Lupita Garay – for their hard work.
Pastoral Center meeting
We will be holding a meeting of Directors and Pastoral managers on Thursday. These meetings, which generally occur monthly, are times when our diocesan leadership updates me on progress toward our diocesan goals, as well as work toward department goals. The meeting also gives me and our Moderator of the Curia, Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, an opportunity to bring the directors up to date on projects or inform them about national Church items, such as the recently completed United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meeting. Topics to be discussed during this meeting will be the completion of a new front entrance at the Pastoral Center, the Men’s Conference, the Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference in March and border events that will take place in December.
New Archbishop for Chicago
Monday night and Tuesday I will be in Chicago for the installation of that diocese’s new Archbishop, Blase Cupich. He was a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha and became the rector at the Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary after serving awhile at the Nunciature in Washington. Later he became the bishop of Rapid City and then Spokane. I have known him well since our time together as seminary rectors. Chicago is blessed by receiving a wonderful new pastor, father, teacher, and shepherd.
While in Chicago I will visit with our seminarians at Mundelein and Hales Corner.
I will be in Washington on Thursday and Friday to participate in a meeting with the board of Caritas Lebanon which provides pastoral and financial support for the needs of the Church in Lebanon. This has become a great need because of the tremendous influx of Syrian and Iraqi refugees following the violence in their countries.
For the soul of Elvira Villa who passed away Nov. 7 at the age of 92. She was the grandmother of Omar Rodriguez, graphic designer for our diocese. Please also pray for Omar’s family during this difficult time.
Interreligious Thanksgiving Prayer Service
Monday, Nov. 24
The annual Inter-religious Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held at the Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue Center, 2841 N. Campbell Ave., at 7 p.m. The religions represented will be: Muslim, Christian (Catholic & others) Baha’i, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Jewish. Everyone is welcome to attend.
(Please note: The center is behind and to the left of the Cricket Store. There will be free valet parking.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Conference Registration form
Please complete the form below and mail to the
Knights of Columbus Tucson Chapter (the address is on the registration form). Please allow enough time for the form to arrive by Wednesday, Nov. 19.