Monday Memo, Sept. 25, 2017. Vol. 15, No. 30

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas







You’re invited!
Share the Journey
Last week I reported about this global campaign being launched by Pope Francis on Wednesday.  Here in our diocese, we are working together with interfaith leaders to start this year of global awareness of the plight of refugees and migrants with a gathering at St. Cyril’s Parish, 4725 E. Pima St.  At 7 p.m., this Wednesday, September 27th.


Everyone is invited, especially our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters. This gathering will include testimonies by refugees living here in our community, song and worship from different faiths and discussion about the plight of so many in our world as they work to escape violence, war, oppression and economic disaster.


I encourage all to attend.  It will be a beautiful and inspiring event as we stand in solidarity with our Holy Father and all around the world who participate in the launch of this global initiative.


I am grateful to Loretta Tracy, Sister Leonette Kochan, O.S.F., and Sister Lois Paha, O.P., who have helped to organize the prayer service and Peg Harmon and Catholic Community Services migration staff.  Thanks also to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the  International Rescue Committee, Father Sean Carroll, S.J. and the Kino Border Initiative and Tere Scully and the Kino Teens from Lourdes High School in Nogales, Ariz., for inviting our refugee and migrant brothers and sisters to attend.


Catholic Schools Convocation
A gathering of principals, pastors and presidents
It will be my joy to gather with our diocesan school principals, the pastors of the parishes with Catholic schools and with the presidents of San Miguel, St. Augustine and Salpointe Catholic high schools during their annual convocation today.


Making Catholic Education in the Diocese of Tucson Affordable, Available, and Accessible” is the theme of the all-day meeting, and this theme certainly is on point for our school leaders as the question of making private education affordable is very much a challenge in these times. Helping our students’ parents embrace the affordability of, or the means to get tuition assistance, also can be challenging.


The first speaker at the convocation is Ron Johnson, executive director of Arizona Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops, who acts as the lobbyist to the state legislature on behalf of the dioceses of Tucson and Phoenix.  Ron has been closely involved in many state discussions on the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or ESAs, and other funding matters benefitting or adversely affecting private schools.


Gracie Quiroz Marum, the executive director of the Catholic Tuition Support Organization or CTSO, for our diocese also will making a presentation on the scholarship assistance provided by CTSO.


Father Joe Corpora, C.S.C., director of the Catholic School Advantage Campaign  who also  oversees university-school partnerships in the Alliance for Catholic Education or Notre Dame ACE Academies program, will speak on “Making Catholic Schools affordable, accessible, and available to Latino students and families – Tips for Pastors and Principals.”  Father Joe certainly has understanding of this topic – he was pastor at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Ariz., where his parish was made up of about 90 percent Latino members and where he founded the first Catholic school in the Diocese of Phoenix in 30 years.  Corpora’s role in his current position is to lead an initiative to double the percentage of Latinos who send their children to Catholic elementary and secondary schools by 2020.


We will end the day with Mass.


My thanks to Sheri Dahl, our superintendent, and her staff: Sister Barbara Monsegur, Michelle Buhs, Lupita Garay and Margaret Favela, for all of the work they did in preparation of this gathering.


To Jessica Caraballo, graphic designer and ad sales representative for our diocesan  Communications Department, who is leaving to take new challenges with Our Family Services in Tucson.  Jessica, who has been with us for about three years, brightened and modernized our publications, brochures, posters and, of course, the Catholic Outlook, with her talent and analytical skills and we will miss her.  We wish her great success!


Priests Assurance Corporation
Members of the PAC will be meeting tomorrow at the Pastoral Center.  As you may know, the PAC is charged with decisions regarding the retirement funds for our priests.


College of Consultors
Our diocesan College of Consultors also is meeting at the Pastoral Center tomorrow.  Within a diocese, the college of consultors is made up of priests charged with advising the bishop. One role the College members play occurs when a sede vacante situation arises, the college of consultors is obliged to elect a diocesan administrator within eight days of receiving notice of the vacancy.


Review Board
Will meet Thursday, also at the Pastoral Center. This group of dedicated individuals review cases of possible misconduct by any diocesan employee or volunteer in conjunction with our protection office. This year, our Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection will be preparing for an on-site audit by the USCCB review organizations.  This on-site review occurs every several years. We welcome this outside review of what we are doing in the Diocese to provide safe environments. I am very proud of the hard work done by Dr. Rosemary Celaya-Alston, protection office director, and Rachel Guzman, manager for Safe Environment.


Diocesan Finance Council
Meets at the diocesan Archives on Friday this week instead of Tuesday. Topics to be discussed include diocese budgetary matters and updates on Cathedral Square.


Happy 100 Years!
Happy 100th Anniversary to Holy Angels Parish in Globe and to St. Patrick Parish in Bisbee.


A century is a long time to be around.  Imagine what members and records of these two venerable parishes can give testimony to over these many years as Arizona grew from an all-around frontier to the very well-inhabited state it is today.


Holy Angels, a marvelous stone church at 231 S. Broad St. in Globe, Ariz., was built in 1916 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


The parish will celebrate the start of its 100th year on Saturday, Sept. 29.  I will join the community for Mass and the reception following. Mass begins at 5 p.m.


I will quote from the dedication of a history of the parish from 1876 to 1976 written by Bob Bigando:


“This book is dedicated to six of the outstanding personalities in the history of the Catholic Church Globe: Fr. Edward Gerard, who first carried the Catholic Faith across the mountains to the raw mining camp of Globe City in the 1870’s; Fr. J.O. Barrette, who devotion to the area led to the founding of the parish; Fr. Virgil Genevrier, the beloved pastor whose name was synonymous with of the school; Sr. Carmel Kennefick, one of the first Sisters to arrive from Ireland, whose selfless love and devotion provided a pattern for all our lives;(and)Fr. Harry Ledwith who presided over both the restoration of Fr. Genevrier’s church and the spiritual rebirth of Holy Angels Parish.”


While priests have served the Globe area since1876, the first official reference the Globe settlement was recorded in 1879 when Father Edward Gerard went to Globe City, no doubt on horseback, to baptize five children.  One of those children was Elen Kennedy, daughter of Edward O. Kennedy, described as an “assayer and metallurgist and superintendent of the first copper smelter in the area.” The history’s author, Bigando, also wrote that traveling priests such as Father Gerardo often stayed in the Kennedy’s adobe home and said Mass there. Mass was celebrated in homes in Globe City until Bishop Bourgade told the then pastor Father Montfort to purchase the closed Baptist Church in Globe in 1890. That church later became a mission church for the larger church built in Solomonville.


Finally, in 1901,  Pastor Barrette, who was leading the Globe community convinced Bishop Bourgade that the Globe flock had outgrown the wooden Baptist church building over the last 10 years and that a new church was needed. Bourgade agreed, and the structure was demolished to make way for the new church facing Sycamore Street. That church was named Sacred Heart of Jesus.


There were building projects on the church until 1916 when Father Genevrier elected to build a larger church. He purchased the lot next to the church. The back 20 feet the church was demolished  but the part of the church with the altar was retained so that Mass could still take place while construction on the new church – renamed Holy Angels – was completed.
There have been many other pastors and many more heroes at Holy Angels since 1976. The book I quoted from is an excellent read for information about the early devotions and successes of those intent on building a strong parish.


For a more complete history, please visit


Congratulations to Father Arnold Aurillo, pastor, and his parish community on reaching this hallmark year. I look forward to hearing all about the centenary year plans.


St. Patrick’s Parish in Bisbee is completing a year of activities held in commemoration of its 100th Anniversary.  The year was celebrated before the official anniversary date of Sept. 30, 2017.  The parish is completing its anniversary activities with Mass and a reception on Saturday. Mass begins at 4 p.m. with a reception, and then on Sunday, there will be another Mass at 10 a.m.


Some accounts report that the first St. Patrick’s Church in 1884 was a cabin on Naco Road, and the second church was an adobe building on Quality Hill used from1884 to 1890. Other documents indicate St Patrick’s first church may have been built in 1896, (although the Official Catholic Directory lists St. Patrick’s establishment as 1902).  The 1896 building stood where Sacred Heart Parish stands today. The reason for this is that when St. Patrick’s community moved from the older building into the St. Patrick Church we know today, the pastor, Father Constant Mandin, donated the older church to the Spanish speaking members of the area. According an account written in September 1963, that community previously worshipped in a small chapel at a location called Chihuahua Hill.


That land for the new St. Patrick’s was donated to the church by a man named Thomas Higgins, whose donation requirements stipulated that the church had to face the mountains instead of a seemingly more logical orientation overlooking the valley.


It took 50 to 60 men, many of whom worked in the mines by day, to hand excavate the new location – of mostly solid rock- every night for five to six months to prepare the area for a foundation.


The church was modeled after St. Begh’s, a Catholic church in Whitehaven, England, only the Bisbee version was one-third the size of the church in England. The 1963 account goes on to report that the construction debt was paid off in just seven years thanks to weekly card parties and three and four-night bazaars.


Father Mandin was the third pastor of St. Patrick’s from 1913 to 1937, the next pastor was Father Jim Davis, who pastored St. Patrick’s until 1943. Davis became Bishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1943 and then Archbishop of San Juan in 1960.


It is a proud time for Deacon Tony Underwood, pastoral administrator of St. Patrick and St. Michael’s and Rev. Matthew Thayil who is the sacramental minister as well as all in the community.


Annual Catholic Appeal
The Catholic Foundation reports that as of Thursday, Sept. 21.  More than 13,400 (13,405) donors, we have received $3.73 million towards our Annual Catholic Appeal. This represents approximately 1,566 new donors across the Diocese; however, we still need to focus on increasing participation a minimum of 10 percent in both number of donors and in the amount contributed.


Thanks to everyone who donated and helped us get to this point. We are now at 96.8 percent of this year’s goal; I am hopeful that this generosity will continue over the next three months, and it would be wonderful if we could raise at least another $201,000 to exceed last year’s total giving.


If you have not already done so, please make a pledge or one-time gift to our Annual Catholic Appeal today. Visit or try out our new giving option: text “ACA” and your pledge amount to 41444 to make a donation, conveniently, from your cell phone. (Ex.: ACA 100)


Your contributions and generosity are deeply appreciated, much needed and make a real difference in the lives of many people.


Please pray for
Danny Alegria,
maintenance technician for our pastoral center, who is struggling with a health issue.

Richard Serrano, diocesan director of Human Resources, who is recovering from surgery.  We pray for his rapid recovery.

Fr. Nick Widhammer one of our Capuchin fathers who was hospitalized this past week. We pray for his full and complete recovery.


Today, the Chancery received notice of the death of Mr. Samuel Ormin, father of Fr. Martin Bosco Ormin. Fr. Bosco is a Via Christi priest here on loan from Nigeria and working in St. Luke Parish in Douglas. We offer our deepest condolences him to his family.


Mr. Samuel Ormin is survived by his wife, Rose and children, Queen, Samuel, Fr. Bosco, extended family and friends. Please keep Mr. Samuel Ormin, Fr. Bosco and his family in your Masses and prayers as they seek comfort in our Lord.