Monday Memo, Jan. 26, 2015. Vol. 16, No. 3

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas








To Msgr. Tom Cahalane, pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, and to Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, our diocesan Moderator of the Curia.


Both have been named award winners by the National Catholic Educational Association or NCEA.


Msgr. Tom Cahalane
Was named one of only 12 winners of the Distinguished Pastor Award. This award recognizes pastors who have given outstanding support to Catholic elementary education.


Msgr. Cahalane was ordained June 8, 1963 at Carlow, Ireland by the Most Rev. Thomas Keogh, D.D.


He moved to Arizona to join the Diocese of Tucson, which then included what is now the Diocese of Phoenix. He has served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Scottsdale; St. Bartholomew Parish, San Manuel; and at St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson, as Associate Pastor.


He went on to serve as diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, and later as the Vicar for Ministries of Christian Education from 1975-1983. He became pastor at OMOS in 1981 where he is beloved.


He takes pride in his school and knows the value of Catholic school education. He has mentored many priests and although beyond retirement age continues to pastor his school and parish with a shepherd’s care.


Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy
Was named to receive the NCEA Seminary Department’s 2015 Pope John Paul II Award for Distinguished Seminary Leadership.


Monsignor was ordained for our diocese on June 4, 1972. He specializes in Religion and Society/Systematic Theology/Moral Theology.


His educational background includes: a Doctoral Degree from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley in 1985; Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley in 1982; and a Master’s Degree in Religion from St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA, in 1972.


Over his priesthood he has written two books and 28 articles, not counting other scholarly works.


He has been active in his work with the Association of Theological Schools in assessing and encouraging excellence in an amazing number of Catholic and other schools of theology across the nation.


The list of his involvements as a priest is very long, but here are just a few of the positions he has held:


-Executive Director, Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association, Arlington, VA, September 2010-May 2014.

-Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Pittsburgh, PA, January 2002 to July 2009.

-Rector/President, St. John’s Seminary, May 1994 – July 2001.

-Graduate Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1979-1983.

-Secretary to National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, October 1977-September 1979.

-He has taught Moral Theology as a Professor at the seminary in Menlo Park, California.

-Auxiliary Chaplain, Davis-Monthan, AFB, Tucson, June 1977-August 1979.


On top of all that he has served as a parish priest and pastor, and as a teacher.


He is well known and regarded by all in the seminary community and truly deserves this recognition. I am delighted he is back home serving as our Moderator of the Curia.


I am so very proud of both Monsignors, whom I have known for many years. Each truly has brought their gifts of intellect, passion and service to their roles in education, and those gifts have brought many improvements and advances to both K-8 education and to seminary work.


Calling all Catholics – Here’s a conference on our faith!
I am happy to report that online registration for our upcoming Catholic Conference, Co-Workers in the Vineyard, is available.


If you already are acquainted with the conference, you can register


For those who need information on workshops, the conference schedule, our fantastic keynote speakers or hotel accommodations, please visit the same website for that information.


Or, get a copy of the February New Vision newspaper at your parish. The edition will have a complete section on the conference. There also will be a bilingual printed pullout section available at all parishes sometime during the first week of February.


My hope is that our priests, religious, deacons and many of our laity will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the faith and celebrate that faith proudly with other Catholics.


Ordination of Father Ken Wolfe
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish

Today, Jan. 26

5 p.m.


Ken, formerly of the Episcopal Church and who is married to Shelley L. Stone, came into full communion with the Catholic Church on April 7, 2012. Following his ordination, he will be a member of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter established in January, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI in his decree, “Anglicanorum Coetibus”.


Father Ken holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature, a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School, a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Boston College Law School and a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family from Palmer Theological Seminary.


He served as an Episcopal priest in Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont. He also was a special agent for the FBI.


Since coming to Tucson he has helped in prison ministry, outreach to the homebound and those in hospice.


He will continue living in Tucson while managing his responsibilities to the Ordinariate. He will be assisting at parishes in Tucson.


We welcome Msgr. Jeffery Steenson, Ordinary of the Ordinariate who will be concelebrating at the ordination liturgy.


Goal setting
Pastoral Center Directors will be meeting with me and Msgr. McCarthy to begin defining their Department goals for the 2015-2016 year. The Pastoral Center directors already have met with their staff to outline key goals; the meeting this week is to see what those goals are and how they work in relation to our diocesan goals.


Seton Award
Salpointe High will recognize Dave Keller, principal of Our Mother of Sorrows School and President of St. Augustine High School, with its Seton Award on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at a breakfast in his honor. Each year Salpointe honors a person who has contributed significantly to Catholic education in our diocese. Dave is most deserving.



Arizona Conference of Catholic Bishops
I will be attending the conference meeting in Phoenix on Tuesday, followed by the annual Catholic School rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday.


I look forward to the School Rally each year. It is wonderful to see our Catholic School students, principals and faculty members participate in the event – one that very clearly shows our state legislators the vibrancy of Catholic schools across the state and the importance of parental choice in the education of their children. I am impressed at the great pride these students and their administrators display about their schools, and I believe they set a great example of how they are learning democracy through their participation.


The State of Arizona is among the best in providing state support for parents to decide where they want their children educated.


While at the Capitol we will host our breakfast for legislators as well as have a chance to meet individually with the Senate President, Andy Biggs, Speaker of the House, David M. Gowan Sr. and our new Governor, Doug Ducey.



School visits
Thursday: Santa Cruz ACE Academy
It will be my joy to celebrate Mass with the students and faculty at Santa Cruz School on Thursday. This will be my first visit to the school since we held the school blessing celebration back near the beginning of the academic year. That blessing was done following months of renovations to the school.


Bishop Kicanas at the ribbon cutting celebrating the renovated school in the fall of 2014.


My thanks to Principal Ellen Fisher for the invitation to Santa Cruz. I am sure her students will have lots to show me.


Santa Cruz and St. John the Evangelist Schools both recently renewed their partnership agreements with the Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. That program brings the support of Notre Dame, some of its teachers and the expertise of other Notre Dame educational programs to the member schools. For more information, you can visit



Friday: Lourdes Catholic School
I also will celebrate Mass and visit with the students and staff at Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales. The youngsters always have something new going on and their enthusiasm is contagious.


I know the visit will be very meaningful especially since it will be my honor to present a personal letter they received from Pope Francis in response to letters sent by the “Kino Teens inviting him to visit the border and see first-hand the work of the Kino Border Initiative directed by Father Sean Carroll, S.J. While he did not say he would visit, he applauded their service. Sister Barbara, Sister Esther, principals at Lourdes, and Tere Scully who works with the Kino Teens, are rightly proud.


Breakfast meeting
I will hold another of the Mass and breakfast with the Bishop gatherings on Friday morning. These breakfasts give me a chance to meet with a small group of people and exchange information and ideas about our diocese.


Happy Retirement!
Thursday evening we will wish happy retirement to Ron Dankowski, executive director of Catholic Social Services, the organization provides critical assistance to thousands of people every year, including programs to assist refugee resettlement and teen mothers.


Ron’s vast career of 42 years with CCS is highlighted with so many contributions to the health and welfare of others in Arizona. For example, in 1983, Ron founded Safe House Domestic Violence Shelter in Yuma. That shelter started out as a small, 10-bed facility for women and children. By 2013, that shelter grew to a 40-bed facility that shelters men, women and children from across Yuma County.


Ron also was the past director of Catholic Community Services, an organization that provides medical and social services across Arizona.


“Ron is retiring this week after 42 years with CCS. During his long career with CCS ,Ron served at the Eastside Counseling center, assisted in providing assessments for the Diocese, served as the Director of the office in Yuma and western Arizona. He returned to Tucson to become Executive Director of Catholic Social Service, one of the largest divisions of CCS,” said Peg Harmon, Chief Executive Officer at CCS. “Ron not only assisted in developing the mission and values for CCS he lived these values all through his career. Ron has served willingly when asked to consider transfers in positions or to assume other responsibilities. This is certainly a bittersweet time as the Diocese loses such a valuable leader. We wish Ron a well-deserved retirement full of relaxation, golf and time with a new grandchild. Many blessings to Ron and his family as he takes this step in his life journey.”


Catholic Foundation
The Board of Directors for the Catholic Foundation will meet Thursday morning. Our Foundation conducts the Annual Catholic Appeal, the major campaign to raise funds to support the ministries, services and seminary education provided by our diocese.


The Foundation also is charged with managing capital campaigns to raise money for large construction projects.


My thanks to Ernie Nedder, executive director of the Foundation, the Foundation staff and the dedicated board members whose diligence and counsel lead to success in supporting the work of our diocese.


They will be discussing the upcoming Annual Catholic Appeal as well as progress on the plans for Cathedral Square.




Salpointe Dedication Event
It is my honor to co-preside with Very Rev. William J. Harry, O.Carm., Provincial of the Carmelites, over the ribbon cutting and dedication of several new facilities at Salpointe Catholic High School on Friday evening. Here is a list of the new facilities:


  • Sayre Stevens Student Center: Foundation Hall (cafeteria/event center), Click Family Library and Technology Center, O’Rielly Student Services Center, Salpointe Spirit Store and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel.


  • Cracchiolo Family Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center, fostering collaboration, critical thinking, communications and problem solving and utilizing project-based learning.


  • Michael Geddes Family Salpointe Athletic Complex. Join the ribbon cutting and dedication of these new facilities and the consecration of our new chapel.


This is a truly amazing accomplishment. Salpointe only just held the groundbreaking for these capital projects on Nov. 1, 2013 and already successfully completed its Building Leaders and Legacy capital campaign, raising than $12 million!


Congratulations to Kay Sullivan, Salpointe President, and to Sister Helen Timothy, Salpointe Principal, and to all the generous donors who made this possible.


For more information about the event, contact Peggie Gessner at (520) 547-9365 or

Diocese of Tucson Parish Corporate Board of Directors Convocation
Saturday, Jan. 31
8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
8650 E. Shannon Road


This annual Convocation provides important information to all members of Parish Boards of Directors and members of our Diocesan Pastoral Council, and gives me the opportunity to meet many board members from our parishes, and to hear their comments, concerns or suggestions. These board members are very involved at their churches, and have unique insights into the needs of parishes; I value their input.


The day involves a presentation by Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy on the importance of the work of the Board members and a description of their responsibilities. Dr. Regina Haney, executive director of the Boards and Councils Department at the National Catholic Education Association will make a presentation on best practices for Board members. She brings a wealth of experience.


I will have an open forum with the Board members about the state of the diocese and engage their questions, comments and suggestions.


Religious Jubilee Mass, Sunday Feb. 1
This annual event recognizes the jubilee celebrations of our priests, brothers and sisters from various religious orders at work here in our Diocese.


Sister Jeanne Bartholomeaux, S.C., herself celebrating 50 years as a sister, reports that 19 of our religious are celebrating jubilees this year, and that about 13 of those people will be present for the Mass and luncheon. Take a look at this list; I’ll bet you know one or more of these fine people:


70 Years:

Sister Mary Pierre Borboa, I.H.M.

Sister Mary Evelyn Soto, I.H.M.



65 Years:

Sister Corina Padilla, O.P.

Father Franklin Eichhorst, O.F.M. Cap.

Sister Rina Cappellazzo, O.P.

Sister Regina Arnold, O.S.B.



60 Years:

Father Andre Weller, O.F.M. Cap

Father Nicholas Widhammer, O.F.M. Cap

Father Frank Clifford Herle, O.F.M.


50 Years:

Sister Eileen Mahony, C.S.A.

Father Robert Kose, O.F.M. Cap.

Sister Kate Mehlmann, O.C.S.O.

Sister Ellen Pachmayer, O.S.F.

Sister Carla Riach, O.S.F.

Sister Jeanne Bartholomeaux, S.C.


40 Years

Father Richard Boyle, S.J.

Sister Gladys Noreen, O.S..B


25 Years

Sister Cathy Lee, O.C.O.

Father Thomas Koller, O.C.D.



This is the year of Consecrated Religious. I ask that you remember all those in religious orders in your prayers.



Listening Sessions
Saturday, Feb. 7 at St. Andrew Parish in Sierra Vista from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 15 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Casa Grande, also from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Last weekend I held a listening session at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Tucson to gather suggestions and advice in response to our Holy Father’s desire to listen to our people on issues related to marriage and family life in preparation for the Ordinary Synod in Rome during October, 2015.


The sessions listed above are the last two sessions remaining.

When I complete the listening sessions I will put together a report to be sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington and they, in turn, will submit the report to the Holy See for consideration at the Synod.


I encourage the residents of our diocese to come to these sessions and share your thoughts.


image016Cathedral Concert Series
Pianist Eric Zuber
Tuesday, Feb. 10
St. Augustine Cathedral
192 S. Stone Ave.
5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 for adults / $10 for students


The Cathedral Concert Series will hold its next concert featuring pianist Eric Zuber, winner of the 2013 Bosendorfer International Piano Competition. He will perform selections of Chopin. Information is available at: . Don’t miss it!