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TUCSON, Ariz. – Deacon Joseph F. Krikawa, 76, of Tucson, died on Dec. 20 at home.

He was born on June 23, 1934, in New York City, son of the late Joseph and Anne (Clancy) Krikawa. He graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering in 1957. He married his wife, Virginia, the same year. He retired from Unisource in 1996.

He was ordained to the sacred order of deacon on June 30, 1978, by Archbishop John F. Whealon in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. He relocated to Tucson in 1981 and served as a permanent deacon at St. Odilia Parish in Tucson.

Besides his wife of 53 years, survivors include his daughters, Anne Mazella, Jeanne Knapp, Mary Fontes, Patricia House and Maureen Harris; and sons Edward, John, James and Andrew; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by his parents and a son, Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 28 in Tucson. Interment followed at Holy Hope Cemetery there.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.