Gerald Frederick Kicanas

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Gerald Frederick Kicanas
Bishop of Tucson
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Bishop Kicanas in 2013.
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Sante Fe
Diocese Tucson
Appointed October 30, 2001
Installed March 7, 2003
Predecessor Manuel Moreno
Ordination April 27, 1967
Consecration March 20, 1995
by Joseph Bernardin, Alfred Leo Abramowicz, and Timothy Joseph Lyne
Personal details
Birth name Gerald Frederick Kicanas
Born (1941-08-18) August 18, 1941 (age 75)
Chicago, Illinois
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Styles of
Gerald Frederick Kicanas
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Gerald Frederick Kicanas (born August 18, 1941) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He h→as been the sixth Bishop of Tucson since January 15, 2002.[a]

Early years[edit]

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".[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] On November 16, 2010, he was defeated by Dolan in the election for USCCB President,[5] the first time a sitting vice president who sought to become president was defeated.[6] 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.[7][8]

Kicanas was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame on May 22, 2011.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bishop Jean Baptiste Salpointe, often counted as the Diocese's first bishop, was not a bishop, but Vicar Apostolic.


  1. ^ Isaiah 32:17
  2. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (March 8, 2003). "Resignation of Bishop in Troubled Tucson Diocese Is Accepted". New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Allen Jr., John L. (November 13, 2007). "USCCB Day Two: Kicanas elected vice-president". Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ "U.S. bishop delegates to World Synod appointed". Catholic News Agency. February 27, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ Filteau, Jerry (November 16, 2010). "Spurning tradition, Bishops elect Dolan as new president". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ Fox, Thomas C. (November 18, 2010). "U.S. bishops' rejection of Bishop Kicanas has got to hurt". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ Gibson, David. "2009 Annual Meeting: Bishop Kicanas Speaks on Effective Church Communications". National Ledership Roundtable on Church Management. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ Gerald Kicanas. "2009 Annual Meeting: Bishop Gerald Kicanas on effective communication". National Ledership Roundtable on Church Management. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ University of Notre Dame. "Honorary Degree". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Manuel Duran Moreno
Bishop of Tucson
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Succeeded by