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Wednesday Update


Photo recap: Transitional Deacon ordination
Deacon Justin Agbir, Deacon Jesus Haros-Mendez and Deacon Peter John Pedrasa Pedrasa were ordained Saturday in a beautiful liturgy.  Here are a few images: 


Photos by Deacon Clayton Nickel
Deacons Justin Agbir, Jesus Haros-Mendez and Peter John Pedrasa.

At right, Deacons Tony Underwood and Rick Valencia, Vicar of Deacons, assist Justin with vesting in the garments of a deacon   

Photo at left by Steff Koeneman
Deacon Peter John Pedrasa receives the Book of Gospels from Bishop Weisenburger. 


One more photo: Here is the group photo of most of the 82 graduates of the Catholic Bible Institute. The first group of students in the Catholic Bible Institute of Southern Arizona (CBISA) has completed the requirements for Certification.  Eighty-two students from 33 parishes have fully participated in the three-year program that involved a comprehensive study of the Sacred Scriptures, with focus on methods of biblical study, sharing and praying with scripture, and application of skills in Bible-study leadership.

The Office of Formation will begin the second three-year cohort in August 2018. For more information and to register contact Isabel Madrid at 520-838-2544, Request the CBISA Registration Form which has the dates and topics for all three years.  See the website at more information about the topics and other information.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Will hold its Spring Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this week.  Bishops from across the country participate in this meeting. Among many other sessions, I plan to attend the #SharetheJourney/DACA workshop.

To Ken Hontz, development associate for the Catholic Foundation. Ken and his family are moving out of state.  Thanks to Ken for more than three years of work here.  Good Luck!


Please remember
Clementina Dueñas Molina, mother-in-law of Danny Alegria, maintenance technician at the Pastoral Center. Clementina passed away June 8 . Please pray for the Alegria and Molina families during this difficult time.

Carmen J. Varela, mother of Sister Ramona Varela, OSB, who passed away last week at the venerable age of 102.


Prayer and Action

Prayer and Action

I wanted to repost the information on our Prayer and Action sessions coming up.

Prayer and Actionis 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.

For more information, please contact Father Jorge at 520.838-2531 or email