Monday Memo, Oct. 9, 2017. Vol. 15, No. 32

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas






Pray for Eva Kicanas
Perhaps you have learned that my dear mother, Eva, passed away on the evening of Oct. 3 in Palatine, Ill., where she lived.  She reached the remarkable age of 105!


Many of you have expressed your condolences very lovingly, and my family and I are so grateful.  Other people, including those I work with at the Pastoral Center, have shared their prayers and their sentiments, but reminded me that mom had worked very hard as the mom of a bishop and that perhaps on the day that a new bishop for Tucson was announced, she at last felt she could move on to her rest.


My family and I have been truly blessed by the gift of our mom, grandmother and great grandmother. She was present for so much of our lives and added her gentle touch and wisdom to all our lives. We are thankful for her, and know that now she resides with God, whom she loved and served so well.


I am thankful to all who have and who are helping me at this time:  Sonya Gutierrez and Sister Charlotte Anne Swift, who jumped into action to re-arrange my schedule; to our new bishop, Most Rev. Edward Weisenburger, who so thoughtfully held his first Mass at St. Augustine in prayer for my Mom and our family and who attended her Funeral Mass; to all of the organizers who graciously allowed me to step aside from my duties to care for my family.  I am grateful to Joe Perdreauville, assistant director of Pastoral Services, and Father Jorge Farias Saucedo, our vocations director for recruitment, who conducted the listening session for the upcoming Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment in Yuma; to Msgr. Raul Trevizo and Sister Gladys Echenique, O.P., and Joe Perdreauville who led the V Encuentro session in Yuma.


I am also deeply touched by those who traveled to Chicago to be with me today as we celebrate mom’s funeral Mass: Sonya and Deacon Mike Gutierrez; Sister Charlotte Anne Swift; Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, our Moderator of the Curia; Father Miguel Mariano, pastor of St. Odilia; Sister Lois Paha, O.P., director of Pastoral Services, and to our seminarians who helped with the rosary, singing and serving at Mass.


On behalf of me, my sisters Kathy and Barbara, mom’s six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, thank you. And thanks also to the many priests, friends and family for being with us this day.


Priest Retreat
As reported in the last Monday Memo, another group of our priests are participating in their annual weeklong retreat that started yesterday at the Redemptorist Renewal Center. Please pray for them, that they may be renewed in their work. The retreat leader for this week is by Father Jim Clarke of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, whose presentations will focus on the theme, “Reigniting Our Faith in Jesus.”


Father Clarke has an extensive academic background in the fields of spirituality, adult education, counseling, ritual and depth psychology, and serves as the Chair of the Spirituality Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He also and is an Associate Spiritual Director of the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests.


He was ordained to the priesthood for Archdiocese of Los Angeles in May 1981. He received his training in Spiritual Direction from the Pecos Benedictine School of Spiritual Direction in 1980-81. His experience includes 10 years of parish ministry followed by 10 years coordinating the Adult Religious Education and Evangelization program for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, followed by one year co-directing the Archdiocesan Office of Pastoral ministry.


Father Clarke now serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation and Chairman of the Spiritual Theology Department at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif.


He is fluent in speaking Spanish and has traveled to Israel, Mexico, Canada, Africa, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Guam, and American Samoa.


Father’s published works include: Creating Rituals: A New way of Healing for Everyday Life and Soul Centered: Spirituality for People on the Go and he also published a CD/DVD series: The Way to God: A Guide for Men and A Spirituality for the Modern Individual.


When not conducting trainings or retreats, Father Clarke enjoys reading, landscaping, jogging, biking, hiking, camping, rafting, traveling, and backpacking.


Deacons ongoing formation
Last weekend, many of Permanent Deacons and their wives attended one of two deacon trainings available to them. This first session took at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson and was led by Father Greg Adolf, pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, in Sierra Vista.


Annual Marriage Mass
I will be celebrating Mass with over 100 couples celebrating wedding anniversaries. This is a wonderful chance to meet many Catholics from our diocese and I look forward to this celebration.  It will take place at St. Augustine Cathedral on Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m.  Couples needed to register in advance for this celebration.


Annual Catholic Appeal
The Foundation reports that through the generosity of 13,448 donors, we have received $3.777 million towards our Annual Catholic Appeal, as of Friday, Oct. 6. This represents approximately 1,572 new donors across the Diocese; however, we still need would like to increase the number of Catholics participating in the Appeal by a minimum of 10 percent over last year.


Thanks to everyone who donated and helped us get to this point. We have now reached 98 percent of donations in reaching 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 $151,000; to exceed last year’s total giving of $3.928 million.


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 donate, 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.


Please pray for
The soul of Father Nicholas Widhammer, O.F.M. Cap., who passed away Oct. 3.  A memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday Oct.18 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Green Valley, where he ministered for several years.

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


Annual Marriage Mass
Sunday, Oct. 15
St. Augustine Cathedral
2:30 p.m.


Mass with Bishop to celebrate wedding promises. Open to couples celebrating first, 10th, 25th 50th and longer anniversaries.


Arizona Rosary Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 21
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
10 a.m.


This is an annual celebration of the Rosary.  Youth and parish groups gather to pray the rosary and celebrate this devotion.