By VICTOR CALDERON
The New Vision
Msgr. Arsenio Carrillo, a retired priest and former Vicar General for the Diocese of Tucson, was honored this past month at a dinner to raise money for all retired priests who have served the people of the diocese over many years.
Msgr. Carrillo, 83, has also served as pastor of St. Augustine Cathedral, where he led the parish community for a total of 40 years. The plaza outside the Cathedral is named in his honor.
“I feel very honored and I feel that whatever is being done for me is being done for all priests,” he said before a dinner Jan. 19 at the Skyline Country Club. “Although serving at the Cathedral was challenging, I enjoyed every moment I was there.”
Msgr. Carrillo was born and raised in the Barrio Anita neighborhood of Tucson and his home parish was Holy Family, where he later served as pastor. He retired in 2001, but still attends Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, where his longtime friend, Msgr. Tom Cahalane, who was his associate at the Cathedral, is pastor.
The dinner, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Don H. Hughes Assembly, Fourth Degree, raised $27,000 to benefit the priest retirement fund that assists priests with living expenses after they have retired from active ministry. More than $500,000 has been raised over the years, officials said.
“Msgr. Carrillo is important to our Catholic faith, as are all the retired priests,” said Marty Ronstadt, an event co-chairman. “We cannot thank them enough for all they have done.”
A video of Msgr. Carrillo’s service in the Diocese was shown to those in attendance.
“He’s been an excellent homilist and has been very peace- and justice-oriented,” said Sister Paulette Shaw, C.S.A, who served with the monsignor at the Cathedral. “I like to say he’s always dressed to the nines and vested to the nines.”