Monday Memo, April 20, 2015. Vol. 13, No. 16

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas








Explorers in Faith
I will be participating in a panel discussion at the Catholic University of America next week. The topic of the panel is “Founding Padres: A discussion on three missionary/explorer/ priests: Junipero Serra,O.F.M.; Eusebio Kino, S.J. and Jacques Marquette, S.J.”


Serra explored and established the very first nine missions in southern California – eventually there were 21 such missions located from what is now San Diego to San Francisco. Serra began his work in 1769 in Monterey, California. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988 and it is expected that he will be canonized by Pope Francis in September in a Mass in Washington, D.C.


Marquette was a Jesuit Missionary from France who founded the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and St. Ignace, Michigan, communities known to be the first European settlements in the region. He and another adventurer, Louis Jolliet explored and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River.


I will be presenting information about our own missionary explorer, Padre Kino, who explored and settled parts of the Pimiria Alta, which included parts of southern Arizona and northern Sonora Mexico. Thanks to the good Padre, Catholicism was brought into this area and we have our beautiful Mission San Xavier Mission and a long history of faithful explorers, merchants, ranchers and Native Peoples. The campaign to have Kino canonized is ongoing, but for more information about this amazing missionary, please visit:


I am grateful to Mr. Mark O’Hare, a scholar of Kino for his help in putting together my paper. I will share it with you next Monday.


Farewell Cardinal
As you have no doubt heard by now, Cardinal Francis George, former leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago, passed away before midday last Friday following yet another battle with cancer. It was his third struggle with the disease over the last 10 years. He also fought hard against another disease – polio- that struck him at age 13. He recovered, but had a pronounced limp throughout his life.


I met the Cardinal while he was Bishop of Yakima, Washington, and later worked under him as an auxiliary bishop when he was Bishop of Chicago.


He was the first native son to become Archbishop of Chicago and he is the first Archbishop who retired, all others died in office.


Years later, when I became the Bishop of this diocese, Cardinal George was at the installation Mass when he said one of the most memorable comments, “We ran out of lettuce in Chicago, so we’re sending him to you,” in reference to my vegan eating habits.


He had a quick sense of humor, and I agree with Chicago Archbishop Blaise Cupich’s remarks when he said Friday that Cardinal George was “a man of peace, tenacity and courage”. He also was a scholar and a strong guiding voice for Catholics in the United States.


He had a long string of degrees and roles in our Church, including his service as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007-2010.


I encourage you to read more about the Cardinal. You may enjoy reading the story about the Cardinal at, or


Joint Directors Meeting and staff meeting
The Directors of all the departments at the Pastoral Center, myself and Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, our Moderator of the Curia, will be meeting this morning to discuss progress on Diocesan goals.


These goal meetings are extremely important for us to keep track of how well we are meeting our department and diocese wide objectives for the year. We also use the time to discuss ways of being more efficient and of collaborating better. Every department has specific target areas each is working on, and sometimes we find that departments can assist each other with projects and tasks.


Monday’s Directors’ meeting is followed by a staff meeting. These meetings give me a chance to inform all those working at the Pastoral Center about events and projects underway, as well as to sometimes address national or international Church affairs. We decided at the Directors’ summit that we wanted to make these staff gatherings more interactive. One of the suggestions was to provide time for catechesis at these gatherings. Msgr. McCarthy will be giving the first catechesis on moral theology. We will also be engaging the staff in discussion of some of our priorities.


image005LULAC Dinner
On April 16, I was a recognized by the League of United Latin American Citizens, along with Frances Erunez, Alma Gallardo, Lee D. Lambert, Curly Santa-Cruz, John C. Scott, Dr. Vicki Balentine and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.


This dinner was 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.


My sincere thanks!


John Paul II Awards, Tucson
The 2015 John Paul II Awards for the greater Tucson area were held Saturday evening at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Seventy-two young people were recognized. The JPII awards are given to outstanding young people serving and working in many areas for the benefit of others Award recipients are recognized for their work in one or more of three areas: Prayer and Worship; Catechesis and Evangelization; and Community Service and Social Justice.


Carina Cazares from San Felipe Parish in Nogales


In addition, Carina Cazares from San Felipe Parish in Nogales was recognized with a Distinguished Youth Ministry Service Award for her many years of leadership of Arco Iris youth program in Nogales. Father Martin Martinez, chaplain of Arco Iris, introduced her.


Saturday’s award winners join the 20 young people from the Yuma-La Paz area recognized for their efforts in the same areas during the John Paul II Awards in that area held in February.


Congratulations to all of the winners. You are truly inspiring and I pray that you may continue your good works and your faith journeys.


Please scroll to the end of the Memo to see the listing of Tucson area awardees.


East Coast Business
I will be in Washington D.C. on Tuesday for a Board of Directors meeting with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate or CARA. At this meeting we will be reviewing three reports covering: 1. Catholic Family Life, 2. Who is in the Pews?, and Views from the Pews and 3. Who are the people professing vows for religious life today?


CARA is a national, non-profit, Georgetown University affiliated research center that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. Founded in 1964, CARA has three major dimensions to its mission:


To increase the Church’s self-understanding


To serve the applied research needs of Church decision-makers


To advance scholarly research on religion, particularly Catholicism


In addition, CARA offers consulting services for dioceses, parishes, religious communities and institutes, and other Catholic organizations.


You may also enjoy reading a special report published online on the topic: Population Trends Among Religious Institutes of Women at, or you can visit to see other research conducted by CARA.


I will then go on to Chicago. My trip was planned for me to participate in a Board of Directors Meeting for Mundelein Seminary but that will be changed to accommodate funeral arrangements for Cardinal George. His Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 Chicago time. Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle will be the homilist. Tuesday and Wednesday will be opportunities to view Cardinal George’s body and offer prayers.


On Friday I will be in Baltimore for a meeting of the Council of Major Superiors of Men. We will be working on review of the Council’s protection of children and vulnerable adult policies. Kathleen L. McChesney, former head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Secretariat for the Protection of Child and Young People, is the chair of the review committee. McChesney lead the early work by the USCCB in preventing clergy abuse of minors. Her USCCB’s office’s work included helping dioceses establish standards and develop or find abuse-prevention programs; conduct an audit of the efforts dioceses have made to implement the provisions of the Charter and the norms, and surveying of the scope and nature of the clergy problem, including information on the number of clergy accused of abuse, number and ages of victims, and costs of financial settlements.


Vocations awareness
Over the weekend there was two discernment sessions for women who are considering the possibility of consecrated religious life. The sessions were held in Yuma and Tucson. Our Department for Religious has very much stepped up efforts to help women find opportunities to explore the idea of religious life.


Also, our Vocations Department has been planning a series of family friendly events that can not only support vocations, but that can also create better awareness for the need for vocations. The first event, a Concierto, was held April 11 at St. Augustine Cathedral. Family members of all ages were invited to listen to sacred music performed live in the placita.


The next event is a soccer match between the Men in Black (a team of seminarians) versus the Padres … you know, some of our parish priests.   Guests are invited to cheer on their favorite cleric and have fun at the same time. This event will take place:


Saturday, June 27

St. Augustine High School

Soccer field

8800 E. 22nd St.

Match play begins at 8 a.m.


Families and parishioners all are invited to attend this match of skill and sports moxie. A 5k run also is in the planning stages, so stayed tuned for information on that event. We believe the run will take place in the fall.


Cathedral Square
Over the past several months, the Catholic Foundation and I have been working on a campaign to raise funds for the revitalization and beautification of Cathedral Square. The square includes Marist College, Our Lady’s Chapel, Cathedral Hall and its placita, the Cathedral offices and rectory and the Cathedral.


Happily, through the generosity of gracious donors, we have funds enough to begin restoring Our Lady’s Chapel immediately. This once beautiful little space is within the building next door to Marist College, and was constructed in 1915. Over its lifetime, the Chapel went from a worship space to an activity center for the College, then a space for Cathedral, then the Marian Data Center for the Diocese, and finally it was reduced to use as a storage space.


The junk and dust has been removed and we are poised to start restoration.


We currently are looking for photographs or descriptions of the interior, so if you have or know of any photographs, please contact the Diocese. John Alan, the artist that so painstakingly revitalized our Cathedral, is going to be working on the Chapel project for us, and I know he would appreciate any information on how it looked originally.


As I said, the Chapel is just one small component of the Cathedral Square Project. Please contact Ernie Nedder at our Catholic Foundation if you would like to contribute to this effort.


Update: Co-Worker in the Vineyard conference
Joe Perdreauville, leader of the planning committee for the March Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference, recently compiled results from an online survey seeking feedback from conference participants on their views of the event.


As many as 425 people responded to the survey, although not all people answered all of the survey’s 23 questions.


Among the findings revealed by the survey:


-More than half of 425 respondents, 230 people, rated their overall conference experience as excellent; and more than 38 percent, or 165 people rated their experience as good.


-249 of 425 people responding had attended the Co-Workers’ Conference in 2012, while 176 of those had not.


-The general session led by Father Robert Barron on Friday morning was listed as the most memorable part of the conference by 316 of 378 survey respondents that answered the question of their most memorable event. Forty-seven people skipped the question.


The three factors that most influenced people’s decision to attend the conference were: 1. Personal faith development; 2. Desire to listen to a particular speaker and 3. The parish or school paid for the respondent’s attendance. The fourth most influential reason was that the respondent had a positive experience at the 2012 conference.


-of the 345 people responding to a survey question indicating their age group, the following was revealed: Just over 30 percent of the 340 people who answered were between 51 and 60 years old; Another 25.5 percent, or 88 of the respondents were between 61 and 70 years old; and just over 20 percent , or 71 respondents were 41 to 50 years old.


Other survey questions delved into which sessions were best attended and information about hotel and conference spaces. All of the information gathered will be used to hone topics and ideas for any future conferences.


Our Catholic Conference held March 5-7 was a very inspiring and spiritually uplifting experience for the nearly 1900 people who joined us over the three day event at the Tucson Convention Center.


If you were at the conference and have not completed the survey you can do it here:


My thanks to Joe and the planning committee for its work, and to the survey participants for their insights.


Please Pray . . .
For the recovery of Deacon Kenny Brusoe of Globe, who sustained serious injury from a fall and who is now hospitalized.


John Paul II Awards: