Monday Memo, April 27, 2015. Vol. 13, No. 17

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas






Priest Convocation
Most of our priests will be participating in the three-day Priests Convocation in Chandler this week. The annual convocation is one of the few opportunities in which we can gather the majority of our priests together for fellowship, formation and reflection. The time, I hope, is valuable to our priests as it is an opportunity for them to get away from the daily responsibilities of running parishes or ministries for fellowship and “down time” with fellow priests.


The theme of the Convocation this year is Marriage and Family.


During the Convocation, our priests will be discussing the results of the listening sessions on marriage and family that I held in four locations in our diocese, and will be adding their own insights. The discussions will be the basis for the development of pastoral initiatives for programs and ministries for marriage and family in our diocese.


Our priests also will be discussing or hearing presentations from the Priests Assurance Corporation, the Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection, the Chancellor’s Office, and Human Resources, as well as the results of my listening sessions on Marriage and Family.


On Wednesday evening we will be celebrating our priests and with that we always recognize those priests celebrating jubilees. Here is the list of jubilarians for this year:

25 years
Father Francisco Maldonado
Father Thomas Koller, O.C.D.
Father Clement Agamba
Father Alexander Mills, VF

40 years
Father Joel Almendras
Father Richard Boyle, S..J
Father Michael Bucciarelli, VF

50 years
Father Robert Pearson
Father James Freeman
Father John Martin

60 years
Father Gilbert Padilla
Father Gerald Walsh
Father Frank Felix “Clifford” Herle, O.F.M.

Beyond 60 years
Father Francisco Caballero 62
Father Leo Sprietsma, O.F.M. 62
Father Thomas Butler, O.Carm.   65
Father Peter Verheggen, O.F.M. 66
Father Edward Carscallen 68


Several of our seminarians will be at the Convocation and will be entertaining at the celebration of priesthood on Wednesday evening. I anticipate marvelous entertainment to come out of the musical and other performance talents of these seminarians. Those seminarians include: Jesus Haros, Brayant Gracia, T.J. Gomez, Martin Moreno and Callistus Iyorember will be sharing their musical talent and humor at the dinner.


Please pray for our priests during their Convocation that this time away will reap benefits for our Diocese and its mission.


My thanks in advance to our Pastoral Services Department for their hard work in coordinating the three days away and thanks also to Father Michael Bucciarelli, who will be assisting us with the audio/visual needs for the Convocation.


Presbyteral Council
Will meet on Tuesday just prior to the opening of the Convocation. Topics for discussion will include: Opening Prayer/Approval of Minutes and Agenda: Catholic Community Services – Peg Harmon; Libera Choir coming to Cathedral; process for responding to Listening Marriage and Family Listening sessions, the future Co-Workers Conference; DTConnect(email) survey of parishes report; Vicariate reports as well as parish assignments for July.


To Bishop John Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, who has been named Archbishop of Santa Fe by Pope Francis. Santa Fe is the Metropolitan See for the region that also includes the Diocese of Tucson. In addition to being a bishop, he also is the chair of the Communications Committee for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), a committee that I also serve on.


Bishop Wester is a very pastoral person and his leadership will be blessing for our Province. I very much look forward to working with him on the issues that are very important to this area.


Bishop Wester was among the bishops that came to our diocese some months ago for the Mass on the Border and visit to the Kino Border Initiative facilities in Nogales, Sonora.


School Principal Meeting
Principals from our 25 diocesan schools will gather at the Pastoral Center on Friday for a regular meeting. Items on the agenda include: Diocesan Conference/Youthfest presented by Joe Perdreauville; Schools Overview presented by Superintendent Sheri Dahl; Human Resources matters discussed by Richard Serrano & Alicia Corti; Safe Environment matters presented by Dr. Rosemary Celaya-Alston; Vocations topics given by Fr. Jorge Farias; CTSO – Gracie Quiroz; Property & Insurance – John Shaheen; Smartsheet data, Federal Programs; Standards/Curriculum/Assessment discussions led by Assistant Superintendent Kathy Van Loan; and health and safety topics presented by Penny Tylor.


Catholic Foundation Cornerstone Gala
This annual fundraising dinner, the only such dinner conducted by the Foundation, takes place Friday at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort.

This year the Gala Planning Committee chose to recognize the Deacons of our diocese and also to recognize the outstanding contributions of Angel Charities for Children, Inc.


In addition to the silent auction, this year’s Gala will feature a performance by Nick Alexander – a comedian and worship leader. If you need information about the fast approaching event, please contact Clara Moreno at


During the evening the Foundation will present a large number of grants to parishes, schools and Catholic Community Services as a result of the great success of our Annual Catholic Appeal last year. I know these needy parishes, schools and institutions are deeply appreciative for the help they receive to do projects that otherwise would not be possible.


Speaking of the appeal: Parishes continue to work at reaching goal. Already a number of parishes have exceeded their goal. We are doing well as the Diocese strives to reach the goal of the appeal $3.85 million to assist 26 ministries and charities.


My hope is that everyone will participate even if it means just giving a dollar. As Catholics we share a responsibility to assist the mission of the Church. The Annual Catholic Appeal is the primary way that Catholics can assist the Diocese in its pastoral work especially in forming seminarians, deacons and lay ministers, caring for our retired priests, assisting the work of Catholic Community Services. To those who have already given I express my personal thanks. To those who have not yet given, please consider even the smallest gift. It would mean a lot. I have participated and I hope you will as well.


Diocesan Pastoral Council
Will meet for its final meeting of the year on Saturday. This will involve the election of the new officers for next year as well as continued discussion of how we as a diocese can continue our efforts to enhance our outreach to married couples and families.


I confer the sacrament of Confirmation at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Parish in Tucson on Saturday and at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, also in Tucson, on Sunday.


St. Odilia Parish
I will celebrate Mass with the community of St. Odilia Parish on Tucson’s northwest side on Sunday, and following Mass will bless the parish’s flag pole and celebrate the raising of the papal flag.


Locals for sure
At noon Sunday, I will celebrate Mass with the many “native” Tucsonan priests and sisters that work in our diocese.


Sister Rina Cappellazzo, O.P. , our former Vicar for Religious, presented this idea to our current Vicar Sister Jeanne Bartholmeaux, S.C., and has been preparing an event for the Year of Consecrated life honoring the Religious men and women who are from Arizona and have returned to minister here.


We are blessed to have a number of “locals” serving in our diocese, including: Fr. David Guzman, O.C.D .pastor of Santa Cruz, Sister Ramona Varela, O.S.B. , Sister Corina Padilla, O.P., Sister Esther Calderon, O.P., Sister Mary Ann McElmurry, O.P., Sister Consuelo Pacheco, S.C., Sister Claudia Rushlow, S.C., Sister Barbara Monsegur, C.F.M.M., Sister Esther Hughes, C.F.M.M., Sister Luisa Maria Valdez, C.F.M.M., Sister Rosa Maria Ruiz, C.F.M.M., Sister Veronica Yvette Loya, I.H.M., Sister M. Pierre Borboa, IHM, Sister Evelyn Soto, I.H.M., Sister Ursula Galvez, I.H.M, Sister Blanche Felix, I.H.M,  Sister Jeanne Bartholomeaux, S.C.


They are a blessing among us and during this Year of Consecrated Life we pay tribute and applaud their ministry among us. I am grateful to Sister Rina for the idea of doing this celebration and its implementation by Sister Jeanne and our Pastoral Services Department.


Please Pray . . .
For the soul of Deacon Kenny Brusoe of Globe who passed away following a recent fall. A rosary will be recited Friday, 9 a.m. at Holy Angels Parish in Globe, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. We ask that you pray also for members of his family during this time.


For the recovery of Sister Charlotte Anne Swift, O.P., executive assistant to Bishop Kicanas, who was hospitalized for minor surgery Friday. She is now recuperating at home.



You can help create awareness for the need for priests and inspire future generations of priests by attending one or more of the family vocations events taking place in our diocese.


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:


Celestial Soccer Match
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.