Monday Memo, Aug. 22, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 26

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas

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Please note: The Diocese of Tucson offices at the Pastoral Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.

The Monday Memo will take a very short break and return on Monday, Sept. 12.


Catholic Schools
At the Heart of the Church
Friday, August 26, 2016
Begins with Mass with Bishop Kicanas and pastors at 8:30 am.


I am pleased to report that this week our Catholic school principals, presidents, and pastors will be gathering at the Four Points Sheraton, Tucson Airport, for their annual convocation. This year, our Catholic School Superintendent, Sheri Dahl, and her leadership staff, are focusing on leadership formation, bringing excellence in leadership to our 25 Catholic schools.  This gathering is for pastors of parishes with Catholic schools, school presidents and principals.


Sheri invited Father Ronald Nuzzi, Ph.D, senior director of ACE RISE (Renewing Identity Strengthening Evangelization), for the University of Notre Dame as the keynote facilitator for the day.


Father Nuzzi will use the book he co- edited, “At the Heart of the Church, Selected Documents of Catholic Education” to facilitate discussions utilizing Church documents on Catholic Education, especially in light of the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Christian Education, which is included in this book.*


“We’re bringing Catholic school leaders back to our roots, reminding us of the important mission Catholic education is and has been historically within the Church,” Dahl said last week, referencing historic Church documents as the backdrop for the Convocation.


Clearly, Father Nuzzi will be a great inspiration by facilitating discussions around “Catholic Schools & The New Evangelization”, “Catholic School Successes”, and Catholic School Challenges for the Future”.  Here is just some information from his background:



Father Ronald Nuzzi, Ph.D

Nuzzi has taught in Catholic schools and served as a high school administrator.  He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and master’s degrees in theology, philosophy, and education. From 1992 until 2000, he taught at the University of Dayton, and he was instrumental in establishing its Center for Catholic Education, as well as its teacher service program Lalanne. From 2000 to 2002, he was director of the Catholic Leadership Program at Saint Louis University and, since June 2002, it has been his privilege to call Notre Dame home.



A nationally known speaker and author, Father Nuzzi has written extensively about the multiple intelligence theory in Catholic education, the spirituality of leadership, and inclusion in Catholic schools. His book, Gifts of the Spirit: Multiple Intelligences in Religious Education, published by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), is now in its second printing. Nuzzi has conducted two separate research tours at the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and has provided original translation of church documents pertaining to the history of Catholic schooling. In 1997-1998, he conducted an extensive research project on seminary education for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.



From 1998 to 2008, he served as editor of the research journal, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, the only scholarly publication in the world dedicated exclusively to Catholic education. In conjunction with colleagues at the University of Dayton, he participated in a book in 1999 entitled, Catholic School Administration: A Call to Lead, in which he wrote the final chapter, “To Lead as Jesus Led.” Father Nuzzi published a widely used volume with several colleagues entitled, A Handbook of Research on Catholic Education, published by Greenwood Press.


Photo Recap: Directors of Religious Education and Directors of Youth Ministry Convocation
Last Saturday, about 110 catechists gathered at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish for the annual DRE/DYM Convocation. The training included a presentation by Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas on Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), and workshops.


Participants played a vital role in the Convocation by holding small group discussions during some parts of the event.



Finance Council
Will meet at the Diocesan Archives tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 a.m. We will welcome a new member, James Tress, Jr., who is the President/CEO of WestLand Resources, a company that offers integrated, stream-lined and specialized services in engineering and construction as well as environmental services. We welcome him.


The Council will review the diocesan budget and be given an update on funding for Cathedral Square and the progress on the project.


Priest Assurance Corporation (PAC)
Will meet on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. This group of priests staffed by Tom Arnold, diocesan finance director and Richard Serrano, our diocesan Human Resource director that oversees the priest retirement fund. Father John Arnold was elected at this year’s Priest Convocation to serve on the Board. We welcome him. He is replacing Father John Allt, pastor of St. Rita in the Desert Paris, who served and chaired the PAC for many years. His outstanding service will be missed.


At the first meeting of the year, the Council will elect its new chair. The Wellness Program for priests also will be discussed. Msgr. Al Schifano and Donna Zazworsky, who worked with Carondelet, are in the process of visiting each of the retired priests to determine their needs and discuss any concerns or challenges those priests may have. I am grateful to PAC for initiating this program that will allow the Diocese to keep on top of the medical, personal, and spiritual needs of our retired priests.



Newly-Ordained Mentoring Program
This important formation opportunity will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23 through Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Redemptorist Renewal Center as well as at selected locations. This program is required for priests who have been ordained for five years or less.


The focus for this formation is “Building Fraternity” and encouraging our newer priests to work towards becoming brothers in service. The training will concentrate on mentoring our priests to pray together, laugh together, learn together and to serve together, and opportunities for these actions will be included in the program.


For example, to promote laughing and enjoying one another’s company, the priests will take part of a day to explore Kartchner Caverns. For learning together, the priests will visit the UA Observatory and listen to Father Chris Corbally, S.J. and Father Paul Gabor, S.J., for knowledge about certain aspects of astronomy. For the serving together portion of the training, the priests will work together at Santa Rosa Mission, cleaning up around the parish – I hope it’s cooled down by then for our priests, who will be working outside.


And, most importantly, praying together will involve some reflections by Father Greg Adolf, pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Sierra Vista, along with a panel presentation on the spirituality of the diocesan priest and a panel of priests who will reflect on staying alive spiritually offered by Fathers Clement Agamba, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Benson, Juan Carlos Aguirre, pastor of San Martin in Sahuarita, Jim Hobert, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Tucson and Jay Luczak, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Nogales. Father Jorge Farias-Saucedo will preside at a Holy Hour.


The last part of the gathering is a review of life that allows the priests to talk together about the challenges they are facing and to outline for their colleagues some of the successes they have had in their ministry.


These are important gatherings since the first five years of priesthood are a critical time of transition and adjustment. I wish we had opportunities for recently married couples to participate in ongoing formation, especially in the critical first years of their marriages.


Mexico from the Air: City, Ports and Mountains
I am delighted to have been invited to view a photo exhibition taking place at the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson today. Mexico is a vast country with much natural and architectural beauty, and I am sure this gallery of aerial photographs will be very interesting. We are blessed to have Ricardo Pineda serving as the Mexican Consul. He is very involved in our community and has become a good friend. I look forward to seeing him and his staff during the visit.


PCIC Delegates Meeting (Pima County Interfaith Council Civic Education Organization)
Friday, Aug. 26
Travel to Chicago will prevent me from attending this meeting, but the Pima County Interfaith Council members always are hard at work initiating community changes at the grassroots level and have been since PCIC’s founding about 27 years ago.


I read on the organization website that recently “Thirty Pima County Interfaith and JobPath leaders (told by the Tucson City Council) they would cut JobPath’s city budget by 7%. However, five (council members) of them pledged to make up the funding loss from private funds. Mayor Rothschild and Council Member Paul Cunningham have already met with Bombardier and TMC and have pledged, along with Council Members Regina Romero, Richard Fimbres, and Karen Uhlich, to work with PCICEO and JobPath to raise the “cut funds.”


Truly, the involvement of PCIC in community issues affecting us all has a great impact.


As we approach elections locally and nationally, it is important that we as citizens vote and that we are well-informed about the candidates’ positions on critical community issues. The Delegates Meeting will give those seeking election each a chance to express their priorities and where they stand on issues important to each one of us as voters.


50th Anniversary Mass, Little Sisters
I will be traveling to Palatine, Ill. to celebrate this important anniversary Mass for the Little Sisters of the Poor order that operate several adult care facilities. The good sisters take care of both my mom and my brother-in-law, so I am honored to participate.


I encourage you to visit for more about this wonderful religious order and the work that they so lovingly do for others.


Sexual Misconduct Review Board
Will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the Pastoral Center. I am grateful to this Board for the seriousness with which they approach this difficult and challenging task of reviewing any allegations of sexual abuse by diocesan personnel. Their counsel has been so helpful to me in addressing these painful situations.


Movimiento Familiar Cristiano
I will celebrate Mass with members of the Movimiento at St. Cyril Parish on Sunday, Sept.11, at 3 p.m. This important movement in the Diocese provides an opportunity for Spanish speaking married couples along with their children to gather for support, for prayer and for a meal together. There gatherings are wonderful occasions for our families that face many challenges. It is an occasion for them to realize they are not alone but they can share their joys and sorrows with others who care.


Homeless and post medical treatment care
I am pleased that a group of heath care center leaders will be meeting at our Pastoral Center on Sept. 7 to discuss a key challenge in our community: the creation of a medical respite center for the homeless similar to one that exists in Phoenix. Often, those who are homeless are successfully treated in hospitals, but are returned to the street when released from the hospital and without follow-up care.


Medical respite centers provide an indoor, supported home where discharged homeless hospital patients can convalesce instead of immediately returning to the street.


I read a posting on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website that stated: “Experts on homelessness say strong standards and compliance with them can result in not just reducing hospital readmission for discharged homeless patients, but also an increase in permanent housing solutions for people who entered the hospital without a place to call home. In fact, about 80 percent of homeless people who enter a respite facility move onto housing options instead of back to the street, according to Sabrina Eddington, director of special projects at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC).”


I pray that we can work together, perhaps using the examples of other cities that have already started to address this need, to create a system here in the larger Tucson area.


To Fathers Richard Kusugh, V.C., Luis Armando Espinoza and Manuel Fragoso-Carranza, who each have become American citizens. Father Richard is pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Parker; Father Luis is parochial vicar at St. Luke Parish in Douglas, and Father Manuel is pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Yuma.image018


More congratulations to my dear friend, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, New Mexico, who is celebrating his 50th jubilee on Sept. 8. Bishop Ramirez is an ally in the struggle for comprehensive immigration reform and has spoken at many of conferences in our diocese. I will be attending this big celebration. He is the founding bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces and is well- loved.


Vicariate Meeting
Pastors from churches in the Pima-South Vicariate will be meeting on Sept. 9 at the brand new parish hall at Our Lady of Fatima. Pastors from each of 11 vicariates in the Diocese have similar meetings at parishes in each vicariate.

I look forward to participating in this gathering, where a new initiative sponsored by the Campaign for Human Development that is part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be presented to those attending. The initiative involves civic training for Hispanic leaders from all around our diocese. The training will be in Spanish and will encourage members of our parishes to become more engaged in our community.


Mass at St. Mark Parish
I will be celebrating Mass with the parish community on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. My thanks to Father John Arnold, pastor, for the invitation. At the end of Mass, I will be blessing the remainder of the newly-installed stained glass windows and two new mosaics of the Divine Mercy and the Holy Family. St. Mark’s is among our newest churches and is a beautiful environment for prayer.


Permanent Deacon Formation
I will celebrate a Mass that includes the Conferral of the Ministry of Lector on our candidates for the permanent diaconate on Sept. 11 at the noon Mass.


As occurred when our diocese did this conferral for the last Deacon class, the liturgy and ceremony occurs on the anniversary of 9/11. As I wrote back in 2011, this “may seem an inopportune day to have this special liturgy, but the conferral of the ministry was nevertheless very fitting. Those charged with the awesome responsibility of reading God’s Word to the community proclaim a message still so critically needed to be heard: God is not a God of vengeance or violence. God is not a God of division or dissension. Our God is a God of peace, justice and love. Our God is kind and merciful, slow to anger and rich in compassion. God calls out to us to rise above our fears and hatred to love as He loves.”

I pray our deacon candidates will realize the privilege that is theirs to announce the Good News.


The Ministry of Lector is one of the installations that precede ordination. I know it will be an exciting time for our deacon candidates as they are approaching ordination in June 2017.


Presbyteral Council Meeting
This first meeting of the Council for the new year will be held on Sept. 12 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Father Edward Lucero, pastor of St. Philip the Apostle in Payson, will be joining the Council, representing Gila/Pinal East vicariate replacing Father Jay Luczak, who moved to our Santa Cruz Vicariate.


The Council will address a number of important issues including: a proposed Mysteries of the Rosary Drama being created by people in the Diocese; issues pertaining to Human Resources and our new payroll system: preliminary discussion of priest placements and other issues. The advice and counsel of the Council is extremely helpful to me in addressing pressing issues in the Diocese.



Sonya Gutierrez, executive assistant to the Bishop, completed her survey.

EXTRA, EXTRA! The New Vision survey
Our diocesan newspaper, The New Vision, is conducting a survey to gather reader input about stories and columns, and to invite comments about what items may improve their reading experiences. We also are seeking some demographic information about our readers. Don’t be shy, do a survey. These surveys are anonymous.


You can do the online survey at, or you can return the printed survey in the back of the newspaper to your parish office.


Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to learning the results of the survey.

Please pray for:
the soul of Deacon Frank Lundgren who passed away last week. Deacon was retired from active ministry.


Twilight Evening of Prayer for Discerning Women

Thursday, Aug. 25
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bishop Moreno Pastoral Center


This is a wonderful opportunity for single women in the Diocese who are considering the possibility of religious life. They will have an opportunity to hear the vocation stories of some of our vowed religious and have a chance to ask questions about religious life. I hope a number of women, who wonder if God might be calling them, will attend. Light dinner and time for group and personal prayer. For further information contact Sister Jeanne Bartholomeaux, S.C., at