Monday Memo, Oct. 24, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 34

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas

Please note: The Diocese of Tucson offices will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 1 for All Saints Day.


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Border Mass in Nogales
About 1,000 people from both the United States and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, gathered along the International Border for a bi-national Mass yesterday.  The Mass, the final in a series of three border Masses presented by Dioceses Sin Fronteras, or Dioceses without Borders, was presented as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.


The goal of these Masses always is to increase awareness for the unity of the Church across demographic and political lines, and to help all see the struggles and challenges faced by those living on both sides of the border.


Yesterday’s Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United Sates.  As I have written in other Memos, the Nuncio has worked in many areas, including as the Nuncio in Mexico, and so is well-acquainted with border concerns.


Bishop Jose Leopoldo Gonzalez Gonzalez, of the Diocese of Nogales, Sonora, Bishop Wilfrid Agnabe, CMF, Bishop Of Makurdi Diocese in Nigeria, and I also celebrated the Mass in both English and Spanish on the United States side of the International Border.  Father Cayetano Cabrera and other priests from the Diocese of Nogales celebrated Mass in Mexico in tandem with us. Music was provided by Sonoran choristers led by our Diocesan Choir Leader Carlos Zapien, and Sister Gladys Echenique, O.P., our coordinator
for Hispanic Ministry and a member of Dioceses without Borders, assisted with Mass in Nogales, Son.


There were 11 priests from our diocese in attendance. Sister Lois Paha, O.P., D. Min., director of Pastoral Services, worked to develop a beautiful liturgy for the day.  Ofelia James, Sonya Gutierrez and many others from our diocese were involved in one way or another, and there also were representatives from the Diocese of Phoenix.


It was beautiful to watch all join in the Spirit of the Lord in peace and love at this Mass.


My special thanks to Archbishop Pierre for his presence and for the heartfelt homily about yesterday’s Gospel  he shared. The Holy Father’s representative in this country, the diplomacy and teaching added great strength and passion to the Mass.


Archbishop Pierre also celebrated the 8 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral and got to see our Diocese in action. We visited San Xavier Mission and Tumacacori. He is very familiar with Father Eusebio Kino from his service in Mexico.



Photos by Jessica Caraballo — Bishop Kicanas welcomes one of many parish groups to the Arizona Rosary Celebration at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Arizona Rosary Celebration
More than 800 people attended the annual Rosary Celebration at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on Saturday. The procession into the church, with parish and organization banners and devotional images of the Blessed Mother always is joyful and impressive, and, as always, the number of children and teens at the event lifted my spirits and makes me confident that our next generation of Catholics already is strong in faith.


image015It was my joy to be the speaker for this event, dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy, and she is a fine example of how we can live our lives humbly and in service to others.


I am especially grateful to State Deputy Sean Halpain and all the State Council of the Knights of Columbus who sponsor this annual event, as well as our local Knights for their participation. My thanks to Father Joseph Lombardo, pastor, and all of the staff of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.


A second Rosary celebration, hosted by the Diocese of Phoenix, was held in Phoenix the following day.


Presbyteral Council
Members of our diocesan Presbyteral Council will meet for the first time this year after a summer break. They will be meeting at our interim Pastoral Center this morning going over a very busy agenda:


Vicariate Reports; Report on Single Parent Gathering; Getting Ahead Meeting – Nov. 6th – 1-4 pm, San Miguel High School; Annual Catholic Appeal Report; Proposal – Cathedral Square Revitalization and Beautification; Vicar for Priests; Major needs of the Diocese and qualities for next bishop; The Fifth Encuentro/Bishop Elizondo visit; Progress report on Payroll; feedback on recent Priests’ Retreats; and the following diocesan calendar items:


-Year of Mercy Mass: Clothe the Naked – Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. — St. Vincent de Paul storefront at 620 S. Sixth Ave.


-Ongoing Formation Session with Bishop George Murry, S.J. – Oct. 27 — Redemptorist Renewal Center.


-Concert in Our Lady’s Chapel – Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.


-Catholic Foundation Fundraiser: In the Mood – Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Trail Dust Town, Savoy Opera House.


-Men’s Conference – Nov.5 at 9 a.m, — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish


-Getting Ahead Meeting – Nov/ 6 – 1-4 pm, San Miguel High School


Diocesan Finance Council
Meets tomorrow morning at the Diocese Archives.  Council members will be reviewing the 2915-16 diocese audit.


I will meet with Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe, C.M.F., and Very Rev. Theophilus  Terkula Hwande, V.C., the Superior General of the Via Christi order on Tuesday.  Bishop Anagbe is leader of the Makurdi Diocese where the Via Christi society started.


He and the Superior General are here to check on each of the Via Christi priests in our Diocese.  This also is Bishop Anagbe’s first visit to the Diocese of Tucson and to the United States.


This evening, I, along with Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, our Moderator of the Curia, and Msgr. Raul Trevizo, Vicar General and Vicar for Hispanic Ministry, will be hosting a dinner for Bishop Anagbe, Father Theo and all of the African priests serving in our diocese.


Pio Decimo 70th Anniversary
I look forward to joining all the supporters and families who have experienced the great work of Pio Decimo over these last 70 years. Their service to under-resourced families especially children has been such a blessing. Located in Barrio Santa Rosa this organization is one we can all take pride in.


Congratulations to Peg Harmon, exeutive director of Catholic Community Services,  and to Pio Decimo Director Marcia  Zerler and all the wonderful staff of the center.


Year of Mercy
I will be celebrating a Mass at the St. Vincent de Paul storefront at 620 S. Sixth Ave. at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.  This Mass will be celebrated with the intention of increasing awareness for the needs of others, in this case, the need for clothing, as part of our ongoing series of Masses for the Year of Mercy.


It will be my joy to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the young people at St. Giana Oratory this evening at Holy Family Church in Tucson on Wednesday evening.


Priest formation
A number of our priests are attending ongoing priest formation at Redemptorist Renewal Center.  Bishop George Murray, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown Diocese, who also is a Church historian, is the presenter.


In September 2015, Pope Francis appointed Murray as a member of the Synod of Bishops that met the following month to discuss family life. At that meeting, he said he supported the view that Church practice toward the divorced and remarried could change without altering doctrine. He said he supported greater participation from theologians, cultural historians, and other experts, and that the Synod needed to find a way to hear the voices of the people who were the subject of its discussions. He also supported the creation of commission to consider allowing women to serve as deacons.


Extension Board of Directors
I will be headed to Chicago for a one day meeting of the Catholic Extension Board of Directors and will return to Tucson in the evening.


This meeting will cover will consider the financial status of Catholic Extension and how it can serve mission dioceses even more. Cardinal designate Blase Cupich is the Chancellor of Extension.


Diocesan Conference for Hispanic Leaders
Saturday, Oct. 29

Our Office of Hispanic ministry under the direction of Sister Gladys Echenique, O.P., will host a workshop for leaders of Hispanic Ministry in our parishes on Saturday, October 29th.


The guest speakers will be Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and Misael Mayorga, director of Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland.


Bishop Elizondo serves as the chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration. His topic is “Immigration: An opportunity to live our missionary calling”.


Misael Mayorga will guide participants through a process to implement the practical aspects of Bishop Elizondo’s presentation. The goals of this day include an updating of the Hispanic Pastoral Plan (2013-2016) to include the implementation of the process of the V (Fifth) Encuentro.  This four-year Encuentro process of ecclesial reflection and action invites all Catholics in the United States to intense missionary activity, consultation, leadership development, and identification of best ministerial practices in the spirit of the New Evangelization.  It is a priority activity of the USCCB’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The V Encuentro process starts at the grass-roots level and calls for the development of resources and initiatives to better serve the fast-growing Hispanic population in dioceses, parishes, ecclesial movements, and other Catholic organizations and institutions in light of its theme: Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love.  Our Office of Hispanic Ministry has begun to incorporate these goals into its activities in order to bring this greater awareness to all of our parish communities.


Bishop Elizondo will also preside at the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral and the 2 p.m. Mass at St. John the Evangelist parish on Sunday.  Monday he will gather with the Hispanic priests and deacons at Our Lady of Fatima Parish.  We are grateful for his participation. I will join the conference to concelebrate the closing Mass with Bishop Elizondo.


New Vision Managing Editor
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If you have questions about the position, please call our Communications Director, Steff Koeneman, at 520-838-2561 for more information, or visit


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
For the soul of Carmen Ojeda, who passed away on Oct. 17. She was the wife of retired Deacon Jose Ojeda, and the two had been married for 60 years. Carmen worked with her husband, “helping others serve Christ, alongside her husband, by doing Catholic Couple’s Retreats and serving as a Cursillistas.”  She is survived by her husband,  three sons and three daughters, nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.


The funeral Mass will be said at St. John the Evangelist Parish at noon today, with internment at Holy Hope Cemetery.


For the full and speedy of Msgr. Al Schifano, our former Moderator of the Curia, following surgery.


Also, please pray for the complete and rapid recovery of Sonya Gutierrez, executive assistant to the Bishop, following surgery.



Cathedral 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.


In the Mood 2
A dinner and dancing event
Friday, Nov. 4
Savoy Opera House
Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson
Tickets required


Check out the short video at


This is the second In the Mood event, where participants enjoy a fine meal and then dance to the tunes of the Big Band Era performed by Big Band Express.  Dress up in 1940s and 1950s attire and have a great time. Tickets are available for $60 per person or $100 per couple and proceeds go to benefit parish and diocesan grants through the Catholic Foundation.


Call Clara Moreno at 520-838-2507 or email her at for tickets.


Men’s Conférence
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 days with 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.