Arlington, VA — The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has announced that the Board of Directors has appointed The Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., Ph.D., as chair of the board to replace The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., who stepped down from the position on December 8. Bishop Kicanas will assume the duties as chair on January 1, 2018.
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas was installed as Bishop of Tucson on March 7, 2003 and became Bishop Emeritus on November 29, 2017. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Tucson on October 30, 2001. Before his assignment in Tucson, Bishop Kicanas 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 currently serves on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Communications Committee, the Catholic Education Committee, the Subcommittee on Africa, the Subcommittee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. He has chaired and served on several other USCCB committees.
He is a board member of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, known as CLINIC. He also is the former chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the U.S. bishops’ overseas relief and development agency. He continues his involvement with CRS as a member of their Foundation Board. He is vice-chancellor of the Catholic Extension Society serving mission dioceses throughout the United States.