Monday Memo, May 8, 2017. Vol. 15, No. 16

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas

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35th Annual Cornerstone Gala
After an extremely busy week at our Diocese, priests, deacons, diocesan employees and supporters of the Diocese  gathered at the Starr Pass Marriott for the annual Cornerstone Gala, this year recognizing the contributions of the Norville Family and the Patronato de San Xavier to the Diocese.



Photos by Michael Brown — Carlos Zapien amazed the audience at the Gala with beautiful song.

The Gala’s theme was, “Building a Living Church”, and we were blessed to have three speakers summarize spectacular moments and people involved in building our diocese  First, Father Chris Corbally, S.J., spoke about the Jesuit priests’ role in establishing the Church in the Pimera Alta; then  Father Martin Ibarra, O.F.M., spoke about the work of the early Franciscans in this same region.  Then, Father John Arnold, pastor of St. Mark Parish, made a presentation about the “modern” Diocese of Tucson covering the tenures of Bishop’s Gercke, Green, Moreno into today. He emphasized the role of the laity in building our church and how critical it is for Catholics to make use of their gifts to further the mission of Christ.


Carlos Zapien, our diocesan Director of Music and his schola performed beautiful music, and we were treated to Native American dancing and blessing. Carlos’ solo, sung with such passion and beauty, was one of the highlights of the evening.


We then presented the recognitions to the Norville Family and the Patronato.



Members of the Norville Family joined Bishop Kicanas onstage at the Cornerstone Gala to receive recognition for the family’s contributions to the Foundation and Diocese.

The Norville Family has a long history of generous support to the Catholic Foundation and the Diocese of Tucson.


Allan, wife Alfena “Alfie”, and their grown children, Patti, Cher, Mike and Jim, came to Tucson more than 50 years ago.  Allan is a developer and downtown business owner and manager of Nor-Generations, LLC. He and Alfie were the founders of the Gem and Jewelry Exchange gem show in Tucson. They have been recognized as Philanthropists by the Stephen M. Gootter Foundation; Catholic Community Services; and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.


The Norvilles established the Alfie and Allan Norville Endowed Chair at the Sarver Heart Center and Allan served as a member of Loyola University Chicago’s Board of Trustees. The Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics at Loyola is named in the Norvilles’ honor. Alfie Norville passed away in February 2015.


Patronato San Xavier was founded to ensure that funds could be raised to restore and preserve historic Mission San Xavier.


Since 1978 members of the Patronato have raised over $11 million to carry out exterior restoration work on the primary buildings at the Mission. The organization’s work on the Mission, where construction began in 1783, continues.


The Foundation raises money for the ministries and services of the Diocese of Tucson, including other agencies related to the Church such as Catholic Community Services.  In addition, the Foundation awards grants to parishes, Catholic schools and ministries for capital or other needs.


Pat Parris and Big Al from channel KGUN-9 served as Masters of Cermonies for the event. Many thanks to Ann Dickson; and her team for all the work on the Gala. It was a resounding success. Kudos to Sal Polizzotto, executive director of the Catholic Foundation, Teresa Moreno, Katheryn Hutchinson and all the Catholic Foundation staff for a job well done.



Annual Priests Convocation:
We had a very successful Priest Convocation last week.  Our key speaker was Bishop Daniel Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville, whose presentations covered the on-going development and need to focus on the spirituality of priesthood. Bishop’s presentations were smoothly bilingual and very focused on the needs of priests.  He was a wonderful presenter.


We also took care of some business issues renewing our safe environment certification, conducting a meeting of the Priests’ Assurance Corporation, getting updated on Human Resources and engaging international priests about their visa standing.



To our seminarian and priest graduates who have fulfilled advanced degrees this year.


From left to right, Dennis Marcos graduating from Pre-theology; Father Miguel Mariano, who earned a degree in Liturgy, Martin Moreno and Callistus Iyorember who will be reciving their Masters Degrees in Divinity from the  Theology Department  at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.


This week I will confer the sacrament of Confirmation at St. James Parish in Coolidge and at St. Ambrose Parish in Tucson.


Join Our Lady of Fatima Parish
This year on May 13 is the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children in the small village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.


Here in Tucson, Our Lady of Fatima Parish is holding a celebration in honor of its patroness.  There will be a bilingual Mass on Saturday, May 13, at 5  p.m.  Confessions will be held at 4 p.m.   Those who attend the Mass will receive plenary indulgences.


The parish is located at 1950 W. Irvington Place.  All are welcome!


Annual Catholic Appeal
We  are now at 88 percent of  this year’s goal of $3.85 million.


Congratulations to four more parishes who are joining those who have already met or exceeded their pledge goal for 2017: St. Francis de Sales, Immaculate Conception in Ajo, Immaculate Conception in Douglas, and St. Francis in Superior; bringing the total to 19 parishes.


My thanks to all that have contributed to this year’s Appeal.  I ask that newcomers to the Diocese, or maybe some of you that have not yet contributed, consider a  donation.  Every contribution matters;  no help is too small.


Remember, your sacrifice helps our diocese continue its assistance to ministries.


To Baltimore
I am in Baltimore to attend a meeting of the Catholic Relief Services Foundation Board. CRS provides critical assistance to so many needs in countries and to people who have so little.  From water and food assistance, to basic farming techniques to micro business loans to help people help themselves, CRS is there to assist all those in need.


Arizona Conference of Catholic Bishops
This group of Bishops from the Arizona Conference- Tucson, Phoenix, Gallup and  the the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix – will meeting in our Pastoral Center on Wednesday.  The main topic will be a legislative update as well as an opportunity to discuss legislative issues affecting the Church.


Catholic Cemeteries Board
Will meet Thursday at the Pastoral Center.  (waiting for agenda)


Catholic Extension
I will be in Chicago at the end of this week to participate in the Catholic Extension Executive Committee  meeting. This  committee includes, President/Chief Executive Officer Father John J. Wall; Chief Operating Officer Thomas Gordon; Vice President of Development Julie Turley ;Chief Financial Officer Kevin McGowan; Vice President of Mission Joseph Boland and Vice President of Content Meinrad Scherer-Emunds. Others in attendance include members of the Board of Governors, of which I am the Vice Chancellor. Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, serves as Chancellor.


Extension was established in 1905, and since then has grown in its assistance to the Church to funding mission dioceses such as the Diocese of Tucson.  We here owe so much of our work to Extension: past funding of seminarian education, funding for the re-establishment of the Office of Hispanic Ministries and many other projects.


Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day. Our mothers play such an amazing role in our lives.  They nurture and protect us, they teach us right from wrong and they never fail to be at our sides with love and guidance.


I know how important my mom, Eva, has been to me and to my life.  Give mom a kiss and a hug this Sunday and let them know how much they are loved.

All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.

We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.

We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.

We remember mothers. grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.



The San Ysidro festival: Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A celebration in revival of the work of farmers.

Procession from the future location of the Tucson Origins Heritage Park to Mission Garden.

Event features:

  • Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos
  • Alabanza by Bobby Benton
  • Native American four-directions blessing
  • Presentation by Father Gregory Adolf
  • Ceremonial wheat harvest, threshing & winnowing
  • Blessing of fields, food, and animals
  • Tohono O’Odham Dancers
  • Tasting of Pozole de trigo


For more information visit,  or call 520 955-5200


Our Diocese is rich in history. Come and join us as we remember the past and look to the future.


Kino Cup Soccer Tournament: May 26 and 27 at Kino Sports Center.  Annual soccer match between diocesan priests and seminarians. This year there also will be a match between priests and seminarians of Phoenix and our Diocese, plus a youth tournament. Visit for more information or to register teams.


Father’s Day tardeada to raise money for Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Parish is hosting a Father’s Day Celebration, a tardeada with Mariachis and DJ Dancing Music, at the Casino Balloroom 437 E. 26th St. from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 18.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the costs of renovating the parish kitchen.


Cost is $25 per person, and includes a delicious meal, dancing, raffles, a silent auction and lots of fun.


For more information, call Martha Tadlock at 520-548-8062 or email: