Bishop Kicanas to mail resignation letter on Thursday

Published: Aug. 17, 2016 at 11:07 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 17, 2016 at 11:46 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Bishop Gerald Kicanas has an extra item on his to-do list this Thursday, mailing his resignation letter to the Vatican.

The head of Tucson's Catholic Diocese will celebrate his 75th birthday, the milestone set by the church for bishops to resign their leadership role.

It's just the beginning of the process, according to diocese spokeswoman Steff Koenemen. She said Kicanas will continue to lead the diocese until his successor is named.

Koenemen said the bishop still has work he wants to accomplish in Tucson and his calendar is full of events and projects.

It could take months, even up to a year, for Kicanas to hear from the Vatican about his replacement.

The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson honored Kicanas at the organization's 35th annual Cornerstone Gala. The event attracted more than a thousand people, which is roughly twice the crowd size of previous galas.

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