Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas was installed as Bishop of Tucson on March 7, 2003. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Tucson on October 30, 2001. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago on January 24, 1995 and served as Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate I of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was ordained a bishop on March 20, 1995.
Ordained a priest on April 27, 1967, Bishop Kicanas has served in various capacities in the seminary system of the Archdiocese of Chicago for over 25 years, preparing men for parish ministry. In 1984 he was appointed Rector of Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, which is the theologate graduate level seminary of the Archdiocese. Concurrently, he served as a lecturer in Community and Organizational Development at Loyola University. Previous seminary postings include Rector, Principal, and Dean of Formation at the former Quigley Seminary South.
Bishop Kicanas is currently Vice Chancellor of the Catholic Extension Society, and Chair of the Mission Committee. He is a member of the USCCB Communications Committee; the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC Board), the Subcommittee on Africa, the Subcommittee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development., and the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.
Educational credentials include post-graduate work in several areas, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, IL.