Monday Memo, May 30, 2017. Vol. 15, No. 19 

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas







Priesthood ordinations this Saturday
Saturday, it will be my joy to ordain Callistus Iyorember and Martin Moreno. The Monday Memo has reported on our ordinati before, but here’s a recap.  Ordination liturgies are beautiful; if you can attend, I encourage you to do so.


Deacon Iyorember has been studying at Mundelein Seminary and was ordained a transitional deacon a year ago in June.


In an interview for our diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Outlook, Deacon Iyorember said, “I look forward with gratitude to God as my ordination to the priesthood approaches,” he said.  “Today I am thankful for those moments when Jesus enlightened my way, provided for me, protected me against danger, guided me in my relationships, helped me forgive people who may have offended me, inspired me, spoke to my heart, and helped me respond to Him in an appropriate manner.”


He was born in Benue state, Nigeria, to John and Margaret Iyorember and has four sisters: Philomena, Benedicta, Angela and Callista.


After ordination, Father Callistus will serve as parochial vicar at St. Mark’s, Tucson. He recently was incardinated to the Diocese of Tucson.


Callistus is articulate, warm, caring and is eager to serve. He relates well to people and radiates joy. I am delighted he has chosen to be a priest for our diocese. His many gifts will enhance our presbyterate.


Deacon Moreno attended Pima Community College in Tucson, and worked at Child and Family Resources in an afterschool mentoring program. He was a youth minister at Sacred Heart and worked with the Arcoiris youth group. He entered the seminary July 1, 2009, and continued his undergraduate studies at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Ore., before moving on to Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill., from 2013-17, for theology studies.


He too was ordained a transitional deacon in June 2016.


Speaking with priests, he said he has come to realize that “the Holy Spirit works through us in ways we don’t realize. Peoples’ lives are changed and we may never know it.”


He said that his faith in God’s call has helped in discernment and formation; that confidence will be what helps him grow in his priestly ministry. “God is trusting me, even though I am an instrument with faults.”


Following ordination, he will serve as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception, Yuma.


Martin is affable with a ready smile. He enjoys being with people and communicates a care and respect for all he is with. He engages the young and will bring many gifts to enhance the work of our presbyterate.


We are blessed in this diocese to have dedicated men and women who follow God’s call to service.  In addition to the upcoming priesthood ordination, we also have the ordination of Permanent Deacons in Yuma on June 10 and again in Tucson on June 17 for those who will be serving in the larger Tucson area.  At the diaconate ordination on June 17 I will also ordain two transitory deacons, John Gonzalez (whose brother Angel will be ordained a permanent deacon on that day) and Thomas Quirk. God willing they will be ordained priests next June. We also will have a liturgy and celebration of the certification of our Lay Ecclesial Ministers, LEMs, on Pentecost Sunday, June 4.


Memorial Day Celebrations
This Monday Masses were held at our two Catholic Cemeteries in the Diocese commemorating those who gave their lives in defense of freedom as well as praying for the deceased buried in our cemeteries.


Mr. Tom Hanlon, director of our Catholic Cemeteries and his staff always do an amazing job welcoming those who attend and providing a prayerful environment.



Rio Nuevo
John Shaheen, our director of Property and Insurance, our architects and I all will be on hand for a meeting of the Rio Nuevo Board tomorrow evening. John has prepared a presentation explaining our request for funds to make pedestrian, vehicle and beautification enhancements along Ochoa Street that we believe can be a corridor with history and that connects the area at Stone Ave and Ochoa to the greater downtown area. It can be anticipated if approved that even more economic development will happen in our downtown community. Cathedral Square stands at the center of downtown and like what has happened in other cities, revitalization of Cathedral Square will spur investment in the downtown area.


Annual Catholic Appeal
If you have not already contributed to the Appeal, please join other Catholics who are working wonders by their support of this year’s Appeal that helps prepare seminarians to serve as our future priests, helps make possible our program to form deacons and lay ministry candidates. The Appeal gives hope to those in our community who are struggling and gives needy parishes the assistance they need to do necessary projects they could not afford on their own.


If you have already given you can help even more by encouraging your family and friends to support the Appeal. Our goal this year is to increase participation. Every gift counts.


Ryle Forum
Msgr. Edward Ryle was a priest of the Diocese of Tucson who served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, the lobbying arm of the bishops in the State of Arizona. He had a passion for the poor and worked on their behalf at the Legislature in Phoenix. He was renowned among those in State government, always encouraging them to put the needs of those struggling in our State front and center.


A wood retablo adorns the Cathedral doors as you exit the Cathedral. It pictures Msgr. Ryle standing at a podium surrounded by people whose care was a concern to him.


After his death, a fund in his honor was established which held forums and provided educational scholarships for those interested in how religion impacts on public life. Last week was the last of those forums. The Board of the Ryle Foundation has decided to redirect those funds to two organizations that were important to Msgr. Ryle: Arizona Interfaith and the Arizona Faith Network. Both organizations seek to further causes that mattered to Msgr. Ryle so his passion for the poor can continue into the future.


This week I will confer the sacrament of Confirmation to young people at St. Philip Parish in Payson; to young people from St. Kateri Tekakwitha at Cathedral and to members of the parish communities of Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Joseph at Infant Jesus of Prague in Kearny.


On Pentecost Sunday, I will confirm young people at Corpus Christi Parish as well as at St. Augustine Cathedral. This day of course the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and sent them out on mission. Certainly a fitting day to be confirmed.


I pray all that receive this sacrament will be filled with the Holy Spirit and that they will find God’s guidance throughout their lives.


It has been a busy Confirmation season and I am grateful to our Vicars General and our regional vicars who have helped in the celebration of this. It is an important sacrament that leads people into more active involvement in the church.



Kino Cup Soccer Tournament Congratulations to the priests of our diocese that defeated our seminarians team in the Third Annual Kino Cup Soccer Tournament on Friday.  The score was 4-3 in favor of the older guys.  Sadly, the Diocese of Phoenix defeated us on Saturday with a score of  9-4 .


The results of the Youth Tournament were: First Place for Santa Monica Parish, Second Place for Our Lady of Fatima Parish and Third Place for Our Mother of Sorrows Parish.


Hispanic Ministry Certification
Nine people completed the Ministerial Formation Level I Program the Yuma area over the weekend.  Fr. Manuel Fragoso celebrated Mass at Immaculate Conception parish for the certification recipients.


This training program prepares, and gives the knowledge and skills to provide various pastoral ministries. It also offers opportunities for the spiritual development of each person. This is the broadest of all the training programs that the Hispanic Ministry Office offers in Spanish at the diocesan Level.




Listening session for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocations
St. Francis de Assisi, Yuma
Saturday, June 10
12:30 p.m.

Pope Francis has called for all dioceses to gather input widely for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth, Faith and Vocations. Here in the Diocese of Tucson, members of a team assembled to collect this input will be holding several listening sessions.


One of the first such sessions is on Saturday, June 10 at St. Francis Assisi Parish in Yuma. Catholics between the ages of 16 and 29 as well as those involved in youth ministry are asked to attend to give their answers to several about the Youth, Faith and Vocations. The listening session will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m.


If you have suggestions for how the church can help grow the faith in our younger adult Catholic community please attend.


Sunday, June 4
Pentecost Sunday, the recognition of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, is celebrated 50 days from Easter Sunday. It is also the tenth day after Ascension Thursday, which is 40 days from Easter.


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 Ballroom 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: