Monday Memo, Oct. 17, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 32

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas


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It was my joy yesterday to celebrate our annual diocesan Marriage Mass for 180 couples that wanted to re-affirm their life-long commitments to one another.


Our longest married couple was Robert and Wanda Walston celebrating 75 years!  Edward and Matilde Medina and Marty and Babs Ronstadt celebrated 69 years of married life and Ken and Alfia Hutchison celebrated 67 years of marriage. Eleven couples celebrated their first anniversaries. The older couples had some words of wisdom for these newlyweds: “Never go to bed angry,” “Pray together,” and “Know she is always right.”


Far left, Ron and Cheryl Wiener, and Cheryl’s mother and father, Robert and Wanda Walston, both celebrated wedding anniversaries at the annual Marriage Mass: The Walston’s celebrated 75 years together , and their daughter and son-in-law celebrated 52 years of marriage. — Photo by Jessica Caraballo

It is wonderful that so many couples gathered with their loved ones and friends to confirm, again, the sacredness and devotion to marriage and to one another.  If you take the years of marriage lived by all of yesterday’s couples, the total is an amazing 7, 437 years! The couple’s came from 44 parishes around the Diocese including places as far away as Yuma, Willcox, Payson, Ajo and Parker.


In this very hectic time we live in, commitment to family and to each individual in the family — beginning with husband and wife, or any combination in the varied configurations of families these days –can very much be the “glue”, the bond, that holds all of us together through good and difficult times.


The devotion to one another, to staying together and to faith are strong testaments of responsibility and adherence to God.  Families with such bonds are wonderful examples of how love and faith sustain us and guide us through every sort of challenge.


My thanks to the Pastoral Services staff led by Sister Lois Paha, O.P., D.Min, to Steff Koeneman and our Communications staff, to our diocesan choir, to Marty Hammond, to Sonya Gutierrez and to all that volunteered with the beautiful liturgy. Congratulations to all that attended.


More on Family lives
I mentioned above how families come in many different configurations.  On Saturday, our diocese was involved in a gathering for single parent families at Our lady of Fatima Parish Center.


Sister Leonette Kochan, O.S.F. our director of the Office of Human Life and Dignity, and her committee have been working with many other individuals and groups to discover and to find ways to assist families functioning with one parent.  This parent may also be a grandmother or grandfather, or even an extended family member.


We all know how difficult it can be to juggle finances, childcare and work, even with two parents.  Imagine how difficult that balancing act becomes with the challenges of a single income, or in the case of older family leaders, the possible issues related to raising a family while dealing with the ongoing problems of growing older.


Saturday’s meeting included 43 single parents, all mothers along with their children. The parents had a chance to share their experiences and needs with meeting leaders – this is a great kickoff and provided valuable input for planners.


Many of the participants also stayed on following the gathering and attended Mass.



Photos by Steff Koeneman — Above, Bishop Kicanas during the Dedication Mass of the restored chapel.

Father  Vili Vilderrama and Father Edson Elizarraras, along with a number of volunteers from Our Lady of Fatima, as well as the parish Life Teen Group helped host the day. The youth group organized the children that attended and at the end of the day the children presented skits from the scriptures to the delight of everyone there.


Our Lady’s Chapel Dedication
Last night we held the official dedication for our recently restored chapel on the grounds of the St. Augustine Cathedral campus.  Our Lady’s Chapel, a beautiful worship space first built in 1916, survived decades of use as a gymnasium, a dance hall, diocesan offices and then being used for storage.  It was restored through private donations and the amazing work of artist John Alan, who made this space truly beautiful again.  Many of the original architectural and artistic details of the building survived and now add their grace to the Chapel.


Yesterday’s dedication, hosted by the Catholic Foundation, was attended by the many people and businesses that donated to the chapel’s restoration.


Now, the chapel is the first completed project of the larger Cathedral Square. The Square includes the further restoration of St. Augustine Cathedral Parish Rectory, built in the 1890s; the construction of a new diocesan center that will include offices and an education/conference space for the use of the Diocese, the parish and the larger downtown community, the beautification of Ochoa Street and the overall Cathedral campus.


John Alan, the artist that created the designs for and who worked on many of the details of Our Lady’s Chapel restoration, receives Holy Communion from Bishop Kicanas during the Dedication Mass.


Marist College, a 100-year-old, three story adobe building housed a boys’ school, and a parish school that was the first school in Tucson that educated all races, and that eventually became the Pastoral Center for the Diocese, will be leased from Cathedral and restored by the Foundation for Senior Living as low-income, senior living apartments and a recreation center.


Our former Pastoral Center also was purchased by the Foundation for Senior Living and will become a seven-story apartment complex for low-income seniors


Catholic Tuition Support Organization
We will show our appreciation for the members of the Catholic Tuition Support Organization’s Board of Directors during a dinner at my residence this evening.


CTSO gathers private and corporate donations to provide tuition scholarships to hundreds of students attending our diocesan Catholic schools.  Without the support provided by CTSO, many children of parents that want their children to receive a quality, Catholic education would be unable to afford all of the costs.


The Board expertly and with great dedication provides guidance and support to CTSO.  My thanks to those board members and to the CTSO staff:  Gracie Quiroz Marum, executive director; Martha Esparza, administrative assistant and Julieta Gonzalez, program manager.


Notre Dame ACE Academy
I will attend a Board meeting for the Notre Dame ACE Academy here in Tucson tomorrow.  As you may know, ACE – the Alliance for Catholic Education program headed by Notre Dame University – guides the instruction at St. John the Evangelist and at Santa Cruz schools.  The ACE program excels at assisting education in areas where academic achievement can be hampered by economics or other barriers.


Both of our ACE schools have exhibited vast improvement in the educational achievements of students due to ACE.


Who Will Fill These Shoes?
An all-day event designed to answer questions and to give young men considering a life in priesthood an opportunity to learn more about a possible calling to ministry.


These events are so important to giving young men the chance to explore their vocation.
If you are considering the idea of a life in service to others, please consider attending this event taking place tomorrow (Oct. 19) at Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, 1946 E Lee Street in Tucson, or contact at Father Jorge Farias-Saucedo at or by phone at 520-838-2530.


I will be visiting our seminarians attending Mt. Angel Seminary this week.  Those seminarians are Isaac Allwin,  Abundio Colazo-Lopez, Jesus Gomez, Joseph Schaaf, Alan Soto Hopkins and Robert E. Villablanca.


Mt. Angel is located in Mt. Angel, Ore.  We also have seminarians attending Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill., Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wisconsin and St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fl.


Each year Mount Angel hosts an episcopal council meeting for bishops sending seminarians for their college or theological training. The council is an occasion to hear first-hand the work of the seminary and some of the challenges it faces.


Arizona Rosary Celebration
Plan to join us for the Annual Arizona Rosary celebration in Tucson on Saturday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 8650 North Shannon Road.


The event, with a procession into the church, takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. I am privileged to be the speaker for this joyous celebration of Our Lady and the Year of Mercy.  This event usually packs the church and is a vibrant and faith-filled.  I have been told that more than 100 altar servers and their parents will be participating.


This year we are honoring Our Lady of Mercy in keeping with the Jubilee of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. Mary epitomized mercy in her life of service. We can only recall Mary pregnant with child going immediately to be with Elizabeth who also was with child in her old age. Mary, not thinking of herself, went to care for another. She models a woman of mercy.


Dioceses without Borders
Mass on the Border
Oct. 23
3 p.m.


The final border Mass presented by Dioceses without Borders will take place east of the Morley Pedestrian Walk at East International Street and South Nelson Avenue. The new Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will be joining us for this Mass. Archbishop Pierre was the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico before being named by Pope Francis to work in the United States.


All are welcome to attend the border Mass. I am grateful to Sacred Heart Parish in Nogales for all the work parishioners are doing to prepare for this historic liturgy.


Archbishop Pierre will be celebrating Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral on Oct. 23 at
8 a.m. before heading to Nogales.


New Vision Managing Editor
Basic skills needed for this very important position include a solid background in journalism, with at least 10 years reporting experience and at least five years of editing.  Being bilingual in spoken Spanish is preferred but not required, and the successful candidate will be able to produce clear, interesting stories that include facts, historical and trend perspectives to give readers a complete understanding of the events and topics affecting our diocese.


If you have questions about the soon-to-be posted position, please call our Communications Director, Steff Koeneman, at 520-838-2561 for more information.


For now, information about the happenings in the Diocese can be accessed by looking at the Monday Memo which is published every Monday online and by viewing the news posted on our webpage at


Please pray for
The soul of Ellen Marie Smith, 28, niece of Monalisa Oreschnick, secretary in our diocesan Human Resources office, and who was the daughter of our former diocese volunteer Charlotte Canales-Smith. Ellen passed away last week.


Please remember also the sister of Marcy Euler who is gravely ill. Marcy has worked for the diocese and most recently facilitated the retreat for the Catholic Foundation.



Catherdral Concert Series
Presents guitarist Ivar-Nichoas Fojas

Thursday, Oct. 27
Our Lady’s Chapel
On the Cathedral campus at 192 S. Stone Ave.
7 p.m.


Suggested Donation: $15


The opening of the concert season will take place at the recently restored Our Lady’s Chapel. The beauty of the space and its acoustics makes the Chapel a perfect place for chamber music. Guitarist Ivar-Nicholas Fojas, a doctoral candidate at the UA Bolton Guitar Studies Program and a Fulbright Scholar from the Philippines, will be performing works by Sor, Scarlatti, Albéniz, Moreno Torroba, Llobet and others. For more information or to buy tickets call the Cathedral at 623-6351.


All Souls Day Mass
Will be celebrated at both Holy Hope Cemetery and Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m.


Refreshments will be served following the Mass.


Following All Souls Day Mass at Holy Hope Cemetery, The Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., Bishop of Tucson will dedicate the newly constructed Good Shepherd Mausoleum. All the faithful are invited to attend the dedication and blessing of the building.


Men’s Conference
Saturday, Nov. 5

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 8650 N. Shannon Road, Tucson.

Event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration needed


Attention Catholic men . . .

Be inspired and renewed in your faith!


Come to the one day Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday, November and join men from across the Diocese to experience the theme of the day: to take up your call to Be a Man, Be a Saint, the saint that God created you to be!


The keynote presenters include Chris Muglia, an inspirational speaker, singer and songwriter from Phoenix, and Dr. John Bergsma, a full professor of theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Also included in the day are opportunities for faith witness, prayer and the Sacrament of Penance. Bishop Kicanas will conclude the day with the Mass. Men of all ages are encouraged to attend!


To view flyer and register online, visit:, or call 520-838-2541 for a registration form.