Bishop Kicanas Reacts to O'Brien's Resignation
The Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson Gerald Kicanas Has Released a Statement about His Friend and Colleague, Thomas O'Brien
O'Brien Has Resigned As the Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix

KOLD [Tucson AZ]
June 18, 2003

The statement reads, in part, "I pray that the Holy Father's acceptance of the resignation of Bishop O'Brien will begin a process of healing for the Diocese of Phoenix. I pray too that Bishop O'Brien will find some personal peace as the investigation about the hit and run accident continues and is ultimately resolved."

O'Brien is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that killed a Phoenix man.

Kicanas' statement also refers to the Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michael Sheehan, who is temporarily taking control of the Phoenix Diocese.

Bishop Kicanas says, "Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has had to deal with difficult and painful situations before, and I am confident that he will be a source of healing and renewal for the priests, deacons, religious, and laity of the Diocese of Phoenix. The Diocese of Tucson will do anything possible to assist him in this healing."


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