Gerald Frederick Kicanas
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|His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Gerald Frederick Kicanas
|Bishop of Tucson|
Bishop Kicanas in 2013.
|Appointed||October 30, 2001|
|Installed||March 7, 2003|
|Ordination||April 27, 1967|
|Consecration||March 20, 1995
by Joseph Bernardin, Alfred Leo Abramowicz, and Timothy Joseph Lyne
|Birth name||Gerald Frederick Kicanas|
August 18, 1941 |
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago|
|Motto||JUSTICE BEGETS PEACE
LA JUSTICIA PROMUEVE LA PAZ
Gerald Frederick Kicanas
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Gerald Kicanas was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents being of Lebanese heritage, Frederick and Eva Kicanas. He attended Immaculate Heart Elementary School and Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago. he obtained his licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 27, 1967, and then earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University in Chicago.
After working as an associate pastor until 1978, Kicanas held various offices at the archdiocesan seminary for over twenty-five years. He served as rector, principal, and Dean of Formation at Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, and became rector of Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in 1984. While rector, he also served as a lecturer in Community and Organization Development at Loyola University.
On January 24, 1995, Pope John Paul II named Kicanas Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Titular Bishop of Bela. He received his episcopal consecration on the March 20 from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, with Bishops Alfred Abramowicz and Timothy Lyne serving as co-consecrators. Kicanas selected as his episcopal motto: "La Justicia Promueve La Paz", meaning "Justice begets peace".
During his tenure as an auxiliary, he served as Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate I in the archdiocese, which includes Lake and Cook Counties. He also became involved with vocations, the permanent diaconate, and encouragement of lay ministry.
Kicanas was named Coadjutor Bishop of Tucson, Arizona on October 30, 2001, and he was installed on January 15, 2002. He succeeded Manuel Moreno as the seventh Bishop of Tucson on March 7, 2003. Kicanas has been praised for his handling of the sexual abuse crisis in his diocese, which had declared bankruptcy due to settlement costs.
On November 13, 2007, he was elected Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), defeating Archbishop Timothy Dolan by a margin of twenty-two votes. On February 28, 2008, the USCCB chose Kicanas as a member of the American delegation to the twelfth World Synod of Bishops, which was held in Vatican City in October 2008. On November 16, 2010, he was defeated by Dolan in the election for USCCB President, the first time a sitting vice president who sought to become president was defeated. On November 17, 2010, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago appointed Kicanas chairman of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services, outgoing president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In June 2009, Kicanas spoke at the annual meeting of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management at the Wharton School in Philadelphia. Hia talk addressed the need for effective communications in the Catholic Church.
- http://www.drbo.org/chapter/27032.htm Isaiah 32:17
- Goodstein, Laurie (March 8, 2003). "Resignation of Bishop in Troubled Tucson Diocese Is Accepted". New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- Allen Jr., John L. (November 13, 2007). "USCCB Day Two: Kicanas elected vice-president". Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- "U.S. bishop delegates to World Synod appointed". Catholic News Agency. February 27, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- Filteau, Jerry (November 16, 2010). "Spurning tradition, Bishops elect Dolan as new president". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- Fox, Thomas C. (November 18, 2010). "U.S. bishops' rejection of Bishop Kicanas has got to hurt". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- Gibson, David. "2009 Annual Meeting: Bishop Kicanas Speaks on Effective Church Communications". National Ledership Roundtable on Church Management. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- Gerald Kicanas. "2009 Annual Meeting: Bishop Gerald Kicanas on effective communication". National Ledership Roundtable on Church Management. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- University of Notre Dame. "Honorary Degree". Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- John L. Allen Jr., "Synod: Interview with Bishop Gerald Kicanas", National Catholic Reporter, October 13, 2008
- Gerald Kicanas, "When the soul sees desperate need, it does not turn away", National Catholic Reporter, August 9, 2016
- Diocese of Tucson
- USCCB Office of Media Relations
|Catholic Church titles|
Manuel Duran Moreno
|Bishop of Tucson
|Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago