The New Vision

Diocese transitions to new Vicar for Deacons

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Deacon Rick Valencia, who was most recently the Associate Vicar for Deacons, has replaced Deacon Ken Moreland, who retired as Vicar in mid-October.
Deacon Valencia has been a deacon since 2012 and has continued in faithful service to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Benson, located about 45 miles southeast of Tucson, where he and his wife Beverly have worshipped for nearly 40 years. IMG_2767
“It has truly been a blessing and a sincere privilege to serve Our Lady of Lourdes Parish as well as the community over the past 38 years and with God’s grace we look to continue being of service to the great people of our parish and community,” Valencia said.
Deacon Moreland served as Vicar for almost seven years, a task that includes tending to the formation of new deacons and working with and ministering to the 147 active Permanent Deacons serving the Diocese.
In addition to acting as the administrator of deacons, the Vicar also has his own deacon work to do, and Moreland, who was ordained a Permanent Deacon in June 2003, lovingly and with great enthusiasm continued to serve at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Tucson throughout his work as Vicar.
He also spent many hours driving Bishop Gerald Kicanas to and from Yuma or parishes near and far in the diocese.
“Sometimes, it’s been challenging but it’s always been rewarding thanks to the support from the diaconate community and the bishop,” Moreland said.
Among the successes Moreland said he’s seen in his time as Vicar were creating a directory of policies and procedures for deacons and establishing a policy for annual evaluations of the deacons by their pastors. But most important, Moreland said, was being more visible to deacons, especially those outside of Tucson, specifically those deacons serving in Yuma.
Moreland said he believes strongly that visibility will continue during Deacon Valencia’s service.
“He has a background in law enforcement and as an investigator in the state District Attorney’s office,” Moreland said. “I’ve found that some of our best deacons are ex-military and ex-police because they want to serve the public and a great deacon is a true servant of the people.”

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