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Vol. 1, No. 21. Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Update

 

Please note: The Diocese of Tucson offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Ordinations
On Saturday, June 2, I will ordain our transitional deacons John Gonzales and Thomas Quirk to the priesthood. I am, of course, very happy for this ordination. At the same time, I am reminded about the great need we have for more priests.

John Gonzalez

John Gonzales

We often think of newly ordained priests as younger men, fresh out of college and theology school.  In the case of both Deacon Gonzales and Deacon Quirk, their ordinations mark their beginning a second vocation in life.  Both men lived secular lives: Deacon Gonzales, 50, was trained in construction and went on to become an engineer working in the natural gas industry.  

Thomas Quirk
Thomas Quirk

Deacon Quirk, 41, holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration, and wanted to go into theater.  He also wanted to be able to work in fundraising and administration for theater. He was engaged, but never married. He entered Sacred Heart Seminary in 1998, but wasn’t quite ready to proceed and left after two years. All of this occurred in Michigan and Indianapolis.  Deacon Quirk came to Tucson in 2007 to work at CODAC Behavior Healthcare, and as he applied to graduate school at Arizona State University to earn a master’s degree in Social Work, the call to priesthood reached him again.

Obviously, both men made the decision to follow God’s call.  More detailed stories about their paths to priesthood can be found in the May Edition of our diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Outlook.  You also can read the story posted on our Vocations Department webpage at https://diocesetucson.org/vocations/

My point here is that God’s call does not have to occur when we are younger than 30 years old. I am sure many of you have known people, perhaps at your parish, that took up some form of ministry later in their adult lives. Priesthood can happen that way too.

I encourage all of us to be aware of God’s call. That invitation may come as a whisper at one point of your life and then, perhaps when you are readier, becomes louder.

Just this morning, both deacons took part in “The Call”, a rite that takes place shortly before ordination.  Many of our Pastoral Center employees and family and friends were present at the Cathedral for this.  We also included our transitional deacons: Justin Agbir, Jesus Haros-Mendez and John Pedro Pedrasa, who will be ordained transitional deacons June 9.

Prayer and Action
Prayer and ActionI believe that reminding our younger people how sharing their skills and energy in God’s work can be another way of encouraging them to stay alert to God’s call.  A program that helps to do this is “Prayer and Action.”

We used this program at my last diocese in Salina, Kansas with great success.  I am happy to announce that we now are introducing to this diocese.

Father Jorge Farias Saucedo, our Director of Vocations Recruitment is leading this effort for our diocese.

Prayer and Action is a weeklong overnight retreat for high school students to gather to prayer serve in the community.  This experience is intended to help youth deepen their faith through service to others around our diocese.

Posters with more information soon will be up at your parishes ;  

One session takes place at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Tucson from Sunday, July 8 to Friday, July 13.  

Another session will take place at Immaculate Conception parish in Yuma from Sunday, July 15 to Friday, July 20.

For more information, please contact Father Jorge at 520.838-2531 or email vocations@diocesetucson.org

Confirmations
I continue my travels to parishes to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation. Between now and next Wednesday,  I will be at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Sells;  and at Immaculate Conception in Ajo.

Memorial Day Mass
It is the custom for our Catholic Cemeteries to celebrate national holidays, particularly those in observance of loss of life through the armed services, with Mass at the cemeteries.  
I will celebrate the Mass at Holy Hope Cemetery, 3555 N. Oracle Road, at 8:30 a.m.  

Father Ricky Ordonez will celebrate Mass at Our Lady of the Desert, 2151 S. Avenida Los Reyes, also at 8:30 a.m.

Catholic Rural Life Conference
I was appointed president of the Catholic Rural Life Board of Directors in early November prior to being named Bishop for the Diocese of Tucson. I will be in St. Paul, Minn. from May 29 to May 31 for one of the two annual Board meetings. 

The organization was established in the United States in 1923 and since then has advocated for how Catholicism is lived in rural communities.  Its origins are all in farming and it continues to look at how our faith is lived in rural settings.  We also look at all issues related to food production and sustainable agriculture, and we are a primary consultant for the U.S.C.C.B. on rural life matters such as the Farm Bill.

Upcoming

Kino Cup Soccer Tournament

2018 Soccer Poster

The Fourth Annual Kino Cup Soccer Tournament takes place the Memorial Day weekend.

A highlight of the event is the annual priests versus seminarians game, this year on Friday, May 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A bonafide rivalry, our men of God put their all into the game. Our priests were victorious last year.

There is food for sale and lots of excitement. Come cheer for your favorite priest or seminarian.

For more information, visit https://diocesetucson.org/vocations/

 

  


Vol. 1, No. 20. Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday Update

Dear Graduates . . . 

The first group of graduates for the Catholic High Schools in our Diocese, members of the Class of 2018 from Lourdes High School in Nogales, Ariz., will march into the next phase of their lives this afternoon.

The other five high schools will follow suit over the next several days, with the graduates of San Miguel finishing out the graduate season.

Our graduates have learned so much.  Our graduates have so much more to learn.  Although many of our high school graduates surely feel they have finally “completed” something, and they have, it is my prayer that this critical first stage of their lifelong learning not stop their zeal, their yearning and their need to continue to embrace all the knowledge they can to become the very best humans possible.

As Catholics, I hope the lessons of our faith that we have lovingly and tirelessly tried to give our students during these years will remain with each of them.  It also is my prayer that each will take those strengths and talents given to them by God and use those to their fullest for the benefit of others and to help themselves become the best people they can become.  Not necessarily great or rich, but their best in the eyes of God.

This is the the call each of us is given; to share our gifts with one another for the benefit of all.  Giving our best in life to others is essentially the way to follow the commandment given to us by Christ, that is, to love one another.

 

To our graduates: keep working.  There will be setbacks and stumbles, but keep your faith. You know how; your parents, teachers and many other people that you know and will come to know have shown you and will continue to support you.  Be good. Do good. Love.  The greatest people we know have done these things.

You may enjoy the Paradoxal Commandments. These statements are clear as are the steps they call us to follow.

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith for astudent leadership booklet that was published and copyrighted in 1968. The Paradoxical Commandments subsequently spread throughout the world. St. Teresa of Kolkata  is said to have put them on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta, which is why they are sometimes attributed to her. © Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, 2001.

Confirmations
I continue my travels to parishes to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation. This week I will be at Most Holy Trinity Parish, Our Lady Queen of All Saints and St. Augustine Cathedral.

Arizona Catholic Conference
Twice each year, my brother bishops from Phoenix, Gallup and the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix and I meet to discuss matters of importance to all of us. Usually this meeting takes place at the Diocese of Phoenix, but next Tuesday, we all will be meeting in Tucson. The main topic of this meeting is Catholic Schools, and so representatives from each diocese’s Catholic schools will be on hand to make presentations, including our own school Superintendent, Sheri Dahl.

Upcoming

May 22
Most Holy Trinity Parish
Ordination of  Marcel Emeh

7 p.m.

Bishop Emeritus Gerald F. Kicanas will celebrate the liturgy of Ordination to the priesthood for Marcel Emeh, who will be serving the Society of the Divine Savior, SDS, also known as the Salvatorians 

Kino Cup Soccer Tournament

2018 Soccer Poster

The Fourth Annual Kino Cup Soccer Tournament takes place the Memorial Day weekend.

A highlight of the event is the annual priests versus seminarians game, this year on Friday, May 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A bonafide rivalry, our men of God put their all into the game. Our priests were victorious last year.

There is food for sale and lots of excitement. Come cheer for your favorite priest or seminarian.

For more information, visit diocesetucson.org/vocations

Ordination to Priesthood

Ordination Flyer

Deacons Thomas Quirk and John Gonzales will be ordained to the priesthood on June 2 at St. Augustine Cathedral.

The beautiful liturgy begins at 10 a.m.