Monday Memo, April 13, 2015. Vol. 13, No. 14.

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas







National spotlight
It was my honor to be present, along with Sheri Dahl, our Catholic Schools Superintendent, for the National Catholic Education Association award event last week in Orlando, Fla. Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, our Moderator of the Curia; and Msgr. Tom Cahalane, pastor at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, both were recognized for their contributions to education.


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. Jeremiah McCarthy received the NCEA Seminary Department’s 2015 Pope John Paul II Award for Distinguished Seminary Leadership.


The fact that both were recognized at the national level by experts in their field gives our diocese special recognition. I thank both monsignors for their amazing work and contributions not only to our diocese but to other organizations nationwide.


Call to Deacons and Lay Ecclesial Ministers
I presided over the “call” to those individuals currently studying in our diocesan Common Formation Program for ordination to the Permanent Deaconate or to be certified as Lay Ecclesial Ministers. This took place during a liturgy at St. Augustine Cathedral yesterday.

The following deacon aspirants of the Class of 2017 became Candidates for Holy Orders on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ignacio Arvizu, Santa Monica, Tucson, (Guadalupe)

Guillermo Castro, Our Lady of Grace, Maricopa, (Silvia)

David Clark, Immaculate Conception, Yuma (Alma)

Jerry Conrad, St John Neumann, Yuma (Eva)

Gabriel Espino, Immaculate Conception, Douglas (Rebeca)

Daniel Flanagan, St Francis de Sales, Tucson (Deborah)


The following deacon aspirants of the Class of 2017 became Candidates for Holy Orders on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Angel Gonzales, Santa Cruz, Tucson (Maria)

Jorge Gonzalez, Immaculate Conception, Yuma (Luz)

Kelly Grant, St Michael the Archangel, San Tan Valley (Mary)

Michael Gutierrez, St Augustine Cathedral, Tucson (Sonya)

Carlos Hernandez, Immaculate Conception, Yuma (Maria)

William Justice, St Francis of Assisi, Yuma (Sherri)

Christian Kimminau , St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson (Cari)

Richard Kiser, St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson (Rosanna)

Eric Maugans, Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson (Diana)

Emilio Moya, St Joseph, Tucson (Maria)

Donald Nagy, Sts. Peter and Paul, Tucson

Niyibizi Shukurani, St Cyril of Alexandria, Tucson (Eveyln)

Francisco Padilla, Most Holy Nativity, Rio Rico (Alejandra)

Joseph Perotti, Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson (Lucy)

Benito Rodriguez, Immaculate Conception, Yuma (Nancy)

Christopher Smith, St. John the Evangelist, Tucson (Suzi)

Jacinto Treviño, St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson (Elena)

The Common Formation program also includes lay ecclesial ministry candidates who are preparing to be leaders in their parishes or in diocesan ministry.  They are  Deborah Amash, Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson, Lydia Corral, St Andrew the Apostle, Sierra Vista, Mark DeGrofft,  St Pius X, Tucson, Sharon Hammond, Sts Peter and Paul, Tucson, Helen Jansen-Guerrero, Immaculate Conception, Yuma, Cari Kimminau, St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson, Teresita Kontos, Immaculate Conception, Yuma, Steven LeGendre, St Cyril of Alexandria, Tucson, Marianne Martin, St Pius X, Tucson, Ann Joy Napolitano, Our Lady of Grace, Maricopa, Carla Peralta, Our Lady of Grace, Maricopa, Nancy Rodriguez, Immaculate Conception, Yuma, Elena Treviño, St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson, Kristin Van Tilborg, St Francis de Sales, Tucson.

Photos by Victor Calderon Deacon aspirants after Mass at St. Augustine Catherdral.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry candidates, Class of 2017.




More Congratulations


To the 2014 graduates of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Maria Isabel and Maria Teresa Equino, who sang to the Bishop and who recited their compelling prize-winning poem to Bishop who now are finalists in a national voice competition. The competition, titled “La Vozkids,” is similar to the popular “The Voice” television program that airs on network TV. “La Vozkids” airs on the Telemundo channel.


The twins wrote a poem that won a prize from the Serra Club. It is a narrative about their family life that includes the deportation of their parents to Nogales, Sonora a few years ago. The students, who received CTSO scholarships, serenaded Bishop Kicanas and then recited their moving poem to him, according to Mary Kay Espinosa, the scholarship coordinator at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Nogales.


Happy Birthday!

I don’t usually extend many birthday wishes in the MM, but yesterday was Msgr. Richard O’Keeffe’s 80th and this certainly merits mention.


Msgr. O’Keeffe has been such a force, such a leader in the Yuma-La Paz vicariate. So much so, that many priests kiddingly call Msgr. The “Bishop of Yuma”. He has worked hard at helping Catholics around the area, and is a marvelous shepherd – especially for the teens attending Yuma Catholic High School.


Happy Birthday and may you have many blessings!


Yesterday, I conferred the sacrament of Confirmation on the young people of St. Andrew Parish, Sacred Heart Parish, Tombstone; and St. Patrick Parish in Bisbee at St. Andrew Parish. This week I will attend to confirmations at Santa Cruz Parish in Tucson; San Felipe de Jesus in Nogales; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Benson and then at the Newman Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


Extension Society
I will be attending the Mission Diocese Committee Meeting of the Extension Society in Chicago today and tomorrow. Extension Society provides critical funding to many of the 94 mission dioceses in the United States, one of which is the Diocese of Tucson.


The meeting today and tomorrow involves the committee on Missions which looks at determining what strategic grants Extension might consider. The process begins by seeing what needs there are in mission dioceses and then finding donors who might have a desire to fund those needs. More and more donors want to know exactly what their contributions are going for and what will be accomplished. I chair this Mission Committee, that tries to bring the needs and donors together.


Bishop Installation, San Diego
From Chicago I will travel to San Diego for the installation Mass of that diocese’s new Bishop, Robert McElroy on Wednesday, April 15.


Bishop McElroy is a fifth generation native of San Francisco, and as a priest there enjoyed parish work and other duties in that diocese.


Bishop McElroy was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI on July 6, 2010 and was ordained by Archbishop George Niederauer at Saint Mary’s Cathedral on Sept. 7, 2010. He became the Archdiocesan Vicar for Parish Life and Development and has served in that role until he was appointed sixth bishop of San Diego by Pope Francis.


Bishop McElroy also has written two books: The Search for an American Public Theology and Morality and American Foreign Policy. In addition, he has written a series of articles in America magazine touching upon key elements of Catholic social teaching.


Several years ago, Bishop McElroy gave a talk at our priest convocation and was well received.


As you know the Diocese of San Diego is adjacent to our diocese, so I look forward to collaborating with Bishop McElroy on areas of common interest.


LULAC Dinner
It will be my honor to be recognized, along with seven other community members, at the League of United Latin American Citizens Dinner on Thursday, April 16.


The other honorees are Frances Erunez, Alma Gallardo, Lee D. Lambert, Curly Santa-Cruz, John C. Scott, Dr. Vicki Balentine and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.


This dinner is presented by the LULAC Council #1057, which has a strong history of working to provide educational assistance to youth – including support for the creation of the Hispanic Student Endowment Fund at Pima Community College.


School Mass
I will celebrate Mass with the students at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School on Friday morning, followed by a tour of the school. I know Principal Charlene Roll and her youngsters will have lots to show me and I look forward to meeting future leaders of our Catholic community.


Pastoral Center Birthdays
I will return to the Pastoral Center from Sts. Peter and Paul in time to celebrate Mass with my co-workers, followed by the First Quarter Birthday celebration for this year. Pastoral Center employees with birthdays in January through the end of March are the center of attention for this celebration.


Each of these celebrations is planned by a committee of employees and each has its own theme or vibe. These birthdays always are fun and great opportunities to take a small break with each other. Spring Barbeque is on the agenda for this celebration.


Listening Session
St. Thomas More Newman Center
1615 E. Second St., University of Arizona, Tucson
Sunday, August 19
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Over the past several months I held a number of listening sessions earlier this year 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 October, 2015.


While I already have put together a report for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington for them to include in a report they will submit to the Holy See for consideration at the Synod, the information I gathered from previous sessions – and the upcoming session – has been and will be helpful to me to see what more we can do within our diocese to support marriage and family life.


This session is meant ONLY for college age students from the University of Arizona or from Pima College. I look forward to hearing the thoughts of these young adults.


Annual Catholic Appeal Update
Five more parishes have reached their Annual Catholic Appeal goal in promised pledges.


Congratulations to St. Patrick Parish in Bisbee, St. Bartholomew Parish in San Manuel and Sacred Heart and St. Francis Cabrini parishes in Tucson.


Gifts to the Annual Catholic Appeal help the Diocese support retired priests who have given a lifetime of service for others. Each gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal helps prepare seminarians to serve as future priests for our diocese, makes it possible to train deacon candidates and lay ministry candidates for service in our Church.


In addition, the Annual Catholic Appeal supports the work of Catholic Community Services in responding to people in need.


Each year, I pray parishioners will continue supporting the Annual Catholic Appeal. As we have witnessed again Christ’s love for us in giving His life on our behalf, we are now invited to continue that self-sacrificing love by sharing our blessings for others.


Please consider a contribution to the Appeal.


Management Institute
Representatives from 19 parishes last week completed the Management Institute training presented by our Human Resources Department. The training provides an intense and comprehensive explanations in business, office and human resources techniques and procedures.


Please pray . . .
For the soul of Deacon Pete Grimaldo, who passed away Wednesday, April 8. Deacon Grimaldo, who was retired, was the father of Carolina Grimaldo, benefits administrator for our Human Resources Department. Please pray for Carolina, her mother Connie, and the rest of the Grimaldo family at this difficult time. His wake will be held this evening, Monday, April 13, from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Green Valley. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 14, morning at 10 a.m. also at Our Lady of the Valley.


For the soul of Deacon Bill Merritt, who served at Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, who passed away April 8. Please pray for his wife, Jo, and other family members. His Funeral Mass was held last Saturday.


For the soul of Sister Janet Dalton, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration (F.S.P.A.), 79, who passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in her 55th year of religious profession. She served in Arizona as a principal and school counselor and later as a counselor on the Tohono O’odham Reservation.







March of Remembrance
Sunday, April 19
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

I encourage all of us to participate in this March of Remembrance. Congregation Beth Sir Shalom is sponsoring a March of Remembrance Holocaust Memorial service, walk and concert.  On their website, there is up-to-date information about the March.


Materials will also be available for the Diocesan Vicars at the March 30 Presbyteral Council meeting here at the Pastoral Center.


All Catholics are welcome to participate in this event to enhance friendship between the Jewish and Christian communities and to honor the memory of those who died in the Holocaust.