Monday Memo, Monday 11, 2013
Vol. 11 No. 9

Posted on by Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas


Proceeds the Fourth Sunday of Lent


Lent logorevisedHave you ever heard someone remark, “He or she finally saw the light and …”?


These days, such a phrase usually is a casual criticism– that someone was just not paying attention or listening, and then finally, something caused the person to “get” the point, or figure out what needed to be done, or they finally used their common sense.


This week, we Catholics are being asked to see the light.  Our light, of course, is Christ brought to our world to help us live with one another in accordance with God, and to embrace the light and not to live in the darkness of sin.


In the first reading, God tells the prophet Samuel to prepare to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as a king; Samuel thought to anoint the oldest son, but God called for the youngest son, David, telling Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”


In the next reading Paul tells the Ephesians to walk as children of light and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord and to use the light of God to truly know what is good.


The Gospel is the well-known story of Jesus curing the blind man. After he was cured, the man was called before the Pharisees to explain his new sight.  The man insisted that he had been cured by Jesus, and how strange the Pharisees could not accept that.  Later Jesus told the man, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”


The readings ask us to see with our hearts, and to allow the love and illumination of God to help put things of our everyday lives into clearer view.


Even with our faith, sometimes it is difficult to live in the light; perhaps we allow selfishness, hurt or anger to dictate our actions. Maybe we dim the light in our lives by not praying or attending Mass and listening to the Word of God enough.  Or maybe we allow darkness to affect how we view those around us with criticism or envy.


This week, let’s work to “see the light” and embrace it so that we can see with our hearts.


Sonya Gutierrez, executive assistant, congratulates Bishop Kicanas on his 10th Anniversary as Bishop of Tucson.

Sonya Gutierrez, executive assistant, congratulates Bishop Kicanas on his 10th Anniversary as Bishop of Tucson.

10 Years!
I just wanted to share with you that March 7 marked my 10th Anniversary as Bishop of Tucson. Employees at the Pastoral Center surprised me by lining the entire hallway leading to my office with colorful balloons and photographs, including giant number balloons. Later they joined me for Mass and we all feasted on delicious carrot cake homemade by David Knight, our Assistant Fiscal Manager.


I received a treasure from the staff: a book of pictures and letters marking events from these past ten years. It was very moving to remember, a reminder to me of how blessed these ten years have been for me as your bishop. I feel profound gratitude to the priests, religious, deacons, and lay ministers, indeed, all of our diocese for being fabulous co-workers with whom I am privileged to serve.


I look forward to our continued effort to make the gospel come to life in our community.


John Paul II Awards
You may remember my Memo from last week where I listed the names of many fine young high schoolers living in the Yuma/La Paz vicariate who had been chosen for the annual John Paul II Awards.  This week, it is my pleasure to list another group of inspiring students receiving the awards for their work in the greater Tucson area.


Each year our Diocese honors high school students who excel in their parishes by their involvement in liturgy, catechesis or works of charity. Among the honorees at Saturday’s award celebration were young people from Tucson as well as from as far away as Globe and Ajo, Douglas, Superior, Mammoth, Bisbee, Hayden, Maricopa, Nogales, and Tubac. Recipients from our parishes across the Diocese are:


Sarah Marie Jones Holy Angels ,Globe
Graciela Jones Holy Angels, Globe
Christopher Mejia Holy Angels, Globe
Roman Arbisi Saint Michael the Archangel, Florence
Roger Arbisi Saint Michael the Archangel, Florence
Vera Von Esse Saint Michael the Archangel, Florence
Patsy Urias Saint Ann, Tubac
Lexie Urias Saint Ann, Tubac
Daisy Urias Saint Ann, Tubac
Vanessa Green Search for Christian Maturity Retreat, Tucson
Christian Silva Search for Christian Maturity Retreat, Tucson
Sedona Lippert Saint Joseph, Tucson
Suzanne Langalis Saint Joseph, Tucson
Stephanie Enriquez Saint Joseph, Tucson
Christian Lamer Saint Francis de Sales, Tucson
Elizabeth Brooks Saint Francis de Sales, Tucson
Leeann Wilcoy Saint Francis de Sales, Tucson
Teresa Cruz Our Lady of the Valley, Green Valley
Alexandra Redmond Our Lady of the Valley, Green Valley
Callum Farrell Our Lady of the Valley, Green Valley
Nathan Luick Saint Andrew the Apostle, Sierra Vista
Ian Callender Saint Andrew the Apostle, Sierra Vista
Alexandra Buono Saint Andrew the Apostle, Sierra Vista
Pedro Castro Sacred Heart, Tucson
Andrew Garcia Sacred Heart, Tucson
Kelly Longacre Sacred Heart, Tucson
Jeweliette Porras Blessed Sacrament, Mammoth
Nepeese Avechuco Blessed Sacrament, Mammoth
Crystal Marie Sanchez Blessed Sacrament, Mammoth
Angelica Cabrera Saint Joseph, Hayden
Marlisse Perez Saint Joseph, Hayden
Edward Aguirre Saint Joseph, Hayden
Lillie Watson Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson
Juliauna Ryan Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson
Carlos Quijada Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson
Kristen Leyva Saint Thomas the Apostle, Tucson
Meghan Norwood Saint Thomas the Apostle, Tucson
Diana Hurtado Saint Thomas the Apostle, Tucson
Briana Gonzalez Immaculate Conception, Ajo
Myah Miranda Immaculate Conception, Ajo
Mary Semon Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson
Zachary Anderson Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson
Diego Bustamante Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson
Julia Shull Saint Mark the Evangelist, Tucson
Melissa Acevedo Saint Mark the Evangelist, Tucson
Julia Mona Saint Mark the Evangelist, Tucson
Duyen Vu Our Lady of LaVang, Tucson
Dung Nguyen Our Lady of LaVang, Tucson
Daniela Pinzon St. Patrick Church/St. Michael Mission, Bisbee
Jazzlynn Pinzon St. Patrick Church/St. Michael Mission, Bisbee
Juana Moreno St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson
Michelle Hinojos St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson
Elise Pesqueira St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson
Ricardo Perez St. Francis of Assisi, Tucson
Jeweliana Ardito St. Francis of Assisi, Tucson
Jesse Zavala St. Francis of Assisi, Tucson
Jake Paun Immaculate Conception, Douglas
Rosa Pedrego Immaculate Conception, Douglas
Sophia Morales Immaculate Conception, Douglas
Nicole Chavez Most Holy Trinity, Tucson
Nick Munsen Most Holy Trinity, Tucson
Noemi Ramos Saint Rose of Lima, Safford
Alondra Torres Saint Rose of Lima, Safford
Theresa Galhouse Lourdes Catholic High School, Nogales
Antonio Irastorza Lourdes Catholic High School, Nogales
Alexa Gonzalez Lourdes Catholic High School, Nogales
Salvador Alvarado Our Lady of Grace, Maricopa
James Metzger Our Lady of Grace, Maricopa
Sergio Santos St. Helen of the Cross, Eloy
Leah Harris St. Augustine Catholic High School, Tucson
Sean Farley St. Augustine Catholic High School, Tucson
Alana Erchull St. Augustine Catholic High School, Tucson
Bernadette Bejar Santa Catalina, Tucson
Kimberly Kevershan Santa Catalina, Tucson
Jaime Gonzales Santa Catalina, Tucson


I am grateful to all of our youth ministers for accepting the challenge of working with young people. Rev. Foster Hanley, O.Carm. received the adult award for his 35 years of service to young people in our Diocese. He represents a whole cadre of people who give of themselves to serve our young people. Their example and witness inspire so many young people to want to live their faith.


Thanks again to Joe Perdreauville and all the committee who worked on the events. Thanks also to Father Robert Tamminga, pastor of St. Francis de Sales, who received the John Paul II Adult Award in the past; to Marian Gilbert, Director of Youth Ministry at  the parish, and the young people from St. Francis who prepared and served the delicious meal to all who attended, and cleaned up after the event. They did a great job.


image006Scout Mass
I was pleased to welcome a large group of girls and boys involved in Catholic scouting, their families, scout leaders and friends who filled half of the Cathedral for our Annual Scouting Mass yesterday.


After Mass Virginia Robillard, Chair of our Catholic Committee on Scouting, Father Robert Rodriquez, Chaplain to the Scouts, Father Gonzalo Villegas, Rector of St. Augustine Cathedral, Father Alonzo Garcia and I were blessed to present a number awards to some of these young people. They worked hard for their awards!.


A special award was given to Virginia Robillard for her outstanding work with our scouting program in the Diocese. It was well deserved. My thanks to Joe Perdreauville who oversees the scouting program as part of his diocesan responsibilities for youth throughout our diocese. His efforts are so important and much needed.


Out of Town
I will be back in the eastern part of the country until Thursday of this week for a meeting with the Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors in Baltimore.  This spring meeting usually dovetails with the Administrative Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, but that meeting was canceled because of the Conclave. The CRS meeting will be a full agenda including opportunities for the Overseas Operation and the United States Operation Committees to meet. The full board will address a number of administrative matters that will affect all those who work for CRS as well as discuss possible members for the Board.


Tomorrow the Cardinals under 80 from around the world will enter Conclave to elect the next Holy Father. We join in prayer that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit and choose a Vicar for Christ who will be a model of holiness, a good communicator and listener, a person with a grasp of the global world and church he will serve, a collaborator who will draw on the gifts freely distributed by God among all the baptized, a bold and faithful servant who can help the Church address the challenges of our times.


Social Ministry Training
It will be my joy to assist in the two-day training: “Parish Social Ministry Gathering in Tucson: Parish Social Ministry: Creating Hope, Providing Service, and Working for Justice”, taking place at Most Holy Trinity Parish. Events begin on Friday with Peg Harmon, Executive Director of Catholic Community Services officially welcoming participants; I will be offering the opening prayer, followed by the keynote presentation by Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA.


Joanne Welter, Director of our Office of Human Life and Dignity, will open Saturday’s events, followed by another keynote by Rachel Lustig, Senior Vice President of Mission and Ministry of Catholic Charities USA.


Participants will then attend training sessions including:  General Advocacy, Immigration Reform and Resources Dialog, Leadership Development, Catechesis and Youth Ministry, Sharing Stories and Culture, Best Practices from Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and Local Community Organizing.


My great thanks to the organizers of this much-needed training and their continued focus on working to provide critical services to others. Thanks to Joanne and the speakers from Catholic Charities, Father Larry, Rachel, and Vickie Schieber, of the Catholic Mobilization Network; and thanks also to Father Bill Remmel, S.D.S., and the Most Holy Trinity Parish community for hosting the event.


image011Annual Catholic Appeal
I am very encouraged by the cooperation and support from our parishes at this point in this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. We have already received generous gifts from 7,648 donors totaling $1,800,000 which is almost half way to our goal of $3,713.00 that would fully fund 26 ministries and charities including assistance to retired priests, support for seminarians, help with our youth and young adult ministries, preparing deacons and lay ministers for service in the Church, helping in the critical work of Catholic Community Services and many other important causes. Your gifts do much good.


This year I am asking that donors consider giving an additional 10% of what they give annually to the appeal. I have done that in my gift this year and I ask that you prayerfully consider doing that as well.


Please encourage your family and friends to give who have never yet given to the appeal. Their support in whatever amount will help us meet our goal and help our diocese carry on its important work.


Your generous support is a true blessing. The first two communities to reach goal this year are Picture Rocks Redemptorist Renewal Center and St. Theresa Parish in Patagonia. Congratulations to Fathers Paul Coury, and William Cosgrove and their people.


I am grateful to our priests who continue to encourage the support of everyone as Together in Christ We Do God’s Work.


Women’s Discernment retreats
On Saturday, there will be two bilingual discernment retreats for women ages 18-40 who are wondering about God’s call for them. The two locations for the retreat are the Bishop Moreno Pastoral Center in Tucson and St. Patrick’s Church in Bisbee.


The retreat team members are religious sisters who make up the Vocations Discernment Team. They will be leading the times of prayer, reflection on scripture and questions about how one knows if God wants them to do something special for the Church. For more information or to register for the retreat, contact Sister Lois Paha at for the Tucson retreat, Sister Lucy Nigh for the Bisbee retreat, at


On Saturday I will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish; at St. Joseph for the parishes of St. Joseph and San Xavier; and on Sunday at Infant Jesus of Prague Parish in Kearney and at St. George Parish in Apache Junction.